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What is the six thinking hats technique?

What is the six thinking hats technique?

The Six Thinking hats is a role-playing model developed by Edward de Bono in 1986. each hat represents a different lens or perspective on a particular issue and is an insightful activity that prevents narrow thinking

The six types of “Thinking Hats” are:

  • White Hat: Facts
  • Red Hat: Feelings
  • Black Hat: Cautions
  • Yellow Hat: Benefits
  • Blue Hat: Creativity
  • Green Hat: Process

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Black Hat

Black Hat


"What risks should I keep in mind?"

  • Is a 5% preference sufficient for us to make a single color product? What happens if preferences change.
  • What is the cost of maintaining the packaging quality and sustainability?
  • The ne...


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Use the Six Thinking Hats for better meetings

Use the Six Thinking Hats for better meetings

Six Thinking Hats is a powerful technique for decision-making that includes different points of view.

The process and methodology allow emotion and skepticism to be brought into what might normally be a purely rational process, and it opens up the opportunity for creativity within decision-...


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Blue Hat

Blue Hat


"What systems or processes will be needed?"

  • Let’s go around the room and discuss the color options based.
  • How have the reduced return rates impacted our warehousing department?
  • Would there be any other changes to our workf...


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White Hat

White Hat


"What are the facts that we know?"

  • Our survey last month indicated a 5% preference for green products by women aged 25 – 45.
  • Return rates from sales have fallen by over 50% since the introduction of the new delivery packaging.


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When  should i use the Six Thinking Hats technique

When should i use the Six Thinking Hats technique

Use the Six Thinking Hats model to help with:

  • Running better and more structured meetings especially if there tends to only be a single view at every meeting.
  • Making better decisions by having a more holistic and wide-ranging view of the problem.
  • Approa...


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Red Hat


"What are your gut reactions?"

  • The green color inspires a sustainable look and is very appealing. This is even a great shade.
  • The impact on the reduced return rates could mean additional resources.
  • How do the new delivery...


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Green Hat

Green Hat


"How can we create opportunities?"

  • A green range could be expanded to a different color range set or be symbolic.
  • Creating multiple channels will allow us to establish new partnerships and partners.
  • Speeding up the qual...


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Yellow Hat

Yellow Hat


"Why should I be optimistic?"

  • The new product could increase our revenue diversification stream and increase our family of products.
  • We can start receiving better feedback and testimonials from our customers.
  • The impact f...


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Use the Six Thinking Hats Technique

Use the Six Thinking Hats Technique

When you only look at a problem from one perspective you can only find a limited number of solutions. That is because your perspective is limiting you to seeing the situation in one way. 

By using the six thinking hats technique you can create six different perspectives to see the problem. ...

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