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Monday, November 27, 2006


We may need to solve problems not by removing the cause but by designing the way forward even if the cause remains in place”- Edward de Bono.

De Bono uses the Six Hat Approach and this approach is
symbolized by the act of putting on a colored hat, either actually or imaginatively in gearing towards the process of decision making.
De Bono's six hats are

1. White hat (Blank sheet): Information & reports
Red hat (Fire): Intuition, opinion & emotion
Yellow hat (Sun): Praise, positive aspects
Black hat (Judge's robe): Criticism, negative aspects
Green hat (Plant): Alternatives, new approaches
Blue hat (Sky): overall process, looking at the bigger picture

The main purposes of using "Six Thinking Hats" are to improve the thinking process, encourage creative, parallel and lateral thinking, and expedite the decision making by improving communication.

Lets say, the top executives of a company….why the top executives…in fact any group meet to decide on how to reach a decision. In the beginning, the members stress on Blue Hat to discuss how the meeting will be conducted and to develop the perceived outcomes of the meeting. Red Hat thinking follows to collect opinions and reactions to the problem and to develop constraints for the actual solution. The meeting can then wear the Green Hat in order to generate ideas and explore the possibilities of solutions. Next, what follows is the White hat thinking as part of developing information, Black Hat thinking to develop criticisms of the solution set, and Yellow Hat thinking to appreciate and encourage ideas.

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