Six Thinking Hats®
A Creativity Process for Results Driven Groups
A Statoil drilling manager presents his problem as a case study. The group
solves his problem using the Six Thinking Hats method. The drilling goes
on, and millions are saved. With hindsight, a genial solution--not
planned and not foreseeable in advance.
"The winner is the chef who takes the same
ingredients as everyone else and produces the best results."--Edward
Thinking Hats is a time-tested tool that boosts creative and innovative
performance. It provides a framework to focus and broaden thinking by
separating out six different ingredients in thinking: white
hat--information, yellow hat--benefits, black hat--risk, green
hat--creativity, red hat--gut instinct, and blue hat--process.
person uses the same tool, at the same time, on the same
challenge--focused parallel thinking. This cleans up the conversation,
puts an end to endless debate and discussions that are going nowhere,
and saves everyone time.
"Six Hats is a simple, yet powerful tool that can be learned
rapidly and used immediately to achieve long-lasting results. Six Hats has
helped our product development group to generate ideas quickly, evaluate them
efficiently, and implement action plans effectively." - Laura Donahue, Nestle
Increase creative and innovative performance by learning how to:
Break the idea killer
habit that shuts down the creative process.
Generate powerful new
ideas that are outside of the mainstream.
Follow a productive
process for idea evaluation.
Work with benefits to
determine if an idea is worthwhile exploring further.
Identify and assess
problems at the appropriate places in the creative process.
Consider a broader range
of possible solutions, and select the ones that best meet the
Include "gut instinct"
Break the tendency to get
stuck in the data and facts--information overload which constrains
Set up clear focus
statements to put each person on the same page and avoid confusion.
Select opportunities to
pursue based on balancing value against risk.
Develop action plans to
Sell well thought through
ideas to management and clients with more confidence.
Move from intellectual
understanding to skill development.
"The Six Thinking Hats methodology was openly embraced
by the advisors and we truly got much more robust output from the meeting than
conventional advisory boards." - Betsey King, Professional Relations &
Education Manager, AstraZeneca
Attend one of our public events:
The Six Thinking Hats® Tool Kit
||Process control. Managing the thinking.
- Focus tool.
- Thinking agenda development.
- Time management plan.
- Keep egos and argument in check.
- Action planning for next steps, roles, responsibilities, time.
||Data, information, facts — known and needed.
- White hat O.P.V. tool — other people’s views.
- Spectrum of relevance tool.
- Range of accuracy tool.
- Plan to get necessary white hat data.
||Creativity. Ideas. Alternatives. Solutions. Possibilities.
- Top of the head tool idea generating tool.
- Random entry tool idea generating tool.
- Concept fan idea generating tool.
- Time and space for creative thinking.
||Benefits with rationale. The optimistic view. Plus points.
- Frames of value tool.
- Levels of feasibility tool.
- Competitive advantage screen.
- Sense of potential.
||Risk assessment. Potential problems. Danger. Difficulties.
- Find errors in logic.
- Speculate about the future.
- Note ways something does not fit.
- Set out to remove difficulties with green hat solutions.
||Hunches. Gut instinct. Intuition. Feelings.
- Range of feelings tool.
- Decision making tool.
- Idea sorting tools.
- Idea power tools.
- Level of commitment tool.
"We know health care is changing. We don't have to sell the
need for creativity. For us it's the implementation piece; the next step. We
see the Six Thinking Hats as a method to go beyond generating ideas ... a way
to help teams effectively and efficiently evaluate the merits of the ideas
they learned during our "One Team, One Purpose" course." - Jennifer Kirby,
Washoe Health System
Six Thinking Hats® Workshop Options
Executive Deep Dive into Six
Thinking Hats. An intense two-day de Bono Innovation event. We will work on
your business challenges. Lynda was certified in 1992 by Edward de Bono in
Six Thinking Hats. She has lots of relevant client experience and insights
to share with you.
One-day workshop. This option is
great when you are hosting a four-day
Facilitation workshop. Day 1 starts out with a one-day Six Thinking Hats.
You can invite up to 20 thought leaders to attend along with your facilitators,
who will be staying on for the next three days to learn how to facilitate
productive thinking meetings using de Bono Thinking Systems methods.
Additional Workshop Option: Focus on
Facilitation--How to Lead Productive Thinking Together Meetings to
Deliver Remarkable Results
Background: Many people used to attend Six Thinking Hats®
training because they really wanted to learn how to use the tools to facilitate
productive thinking meetings. The one-day and two-day Six Thinking Hats
workshops weren't designed to teach facilitation skills, not to mention,
facilitation requires additional thinking tools not included in the Six
Thinking Hats method.
Clients knew this and kept asking for more
in-depth facilitation training using de Bono Thinking Systems methods.
So, de Bono Thinking Systems, Inc. retained the services of Lynda Curtin
to apply her facilitation expertise along with her expertise in applying
de Bono methods--Six Thinking Hats, Lateral Thinking,
and CoRT Tools to develop a de Bono facilitation course.
Focus on Facilitation is the result. If your need is to develop
powerful facilitation skills--the ability to facilitate the thinking
that needs to take place in meetings, in order for groups to arrive at
robust solutions, plan to attend Focus on Facilitation training.
ABB reduced multinational project meetings from 30 days to
case studies and articles. Learn more from great companies like ABB, HP,
Nestle, and Boeing. Click
Benefits of Becoming a Six Thinking Hats Thinker
Save time by providing a framework to:
Participate in productive “thinking
together meetings” that are focused on delivering necessary results.
Clear up confusion on rapidly
changing challenges and complex issues.
Minimize personality conflicts.
Become better focused and to the
point in discussions.
Separate out: facts from emotions;
the positive from the negative; critical thinking from creative thinking.
Help individuals focus on what is
important rather what is irrelevant.
Put quiet employees on an equal
playing field with those who are more talkative or monopolize meetings.
Sidestep egos which get in the way of performance.
Improve performance by providing a framework to:
Make better decisions based on
thorough and clear thinking.
Be better prepared to implement
Create communication plans that are
clear and concise.
See all sides of a situation to avoid
Sort through wide ranges of data,
quickly, to work with just the necessary information. Avoid getting bogged down
in unnecessary detail.
Solve problems that are high priority
rather than problems that are easy to solve and of little consequence.
Design action plans that are
supported by the group and can be implemented.
Complete documentation of decisions
and actions for future reference.
Think through business challenges more thoroughly.
Customer Service Soars at MobiFon-Connex:
The average speed to answer a customer phone call went from 225
seconds to 40 seconds
A new point of sales process was introduced which reduced phone
activation time from 8 hours to less than 15 minutes
Customer retention - customer churn was reduced by over 50%
Four Ways You Can Learn de Bono Thinking Systems Six Thinking Hats®
Attend a Six Thinking Hats® Seminar
Book Lynda to lead a customized Six
Thinking Hats® de Bono Innovation event for your organization. Call 818-507-6055 for
Attend a public workshop.
View our current dates, locations and registration details.
Become a Six Thinking Hats® Certified Trainer
Book Lynda to lead a Six Thinking Hats®
instructor certification train-the-trainer event at your company. Develop a group of
your own expert trainers that will train your internal clients.
818-507-6055 to discuss details.
Attend a public Six Thinking Hats® instructor certification
training event. View our current dates, locations and registration details.
Six Thinking Hats® Materials: attendees will always
receive the official de Bono Thinking Systems, Inc. materials which include
handy job aids for use back on the job.
Book Lynda to present or keynote at your conferences, team
meetings and executive retreats.
Call 818-507-6055 to
discuss the ways we can add value to your events by stimulating the thinking
of your groups.
Six Thinking Hats® Seminar Pre-reading:
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