Six Thinking Hats, by Edward De Bono, presents a framework for organizing and improving thinking.
Switch Hats to Switch Your Thinking
By using a metaphor, the hat, it's easy to switch modes of thinking by switching hats. The main idea is to turn destructive arguments into constructive thinking. The approach is to have people wear a certain hat depending on what type of thinking is needed for the moment.
The six hats are:
- White Hat - the facts and figures
- Red Hat - the emotional view
- Black Hat - the "devil's advocate"
- Yellow Hat - the positive side
- Green Hat - the creative side
- Blue Hat - the organizing view
Key themes throughout the book are:
- Thinking your way forward over judging your way forward.
- Parallel thinking over argument, adversarial, and confrontational.
- Setting direction for thinking over describing what perspective your thinking was.
Key Take Aways
- By switching hats, you can switch points of view.
- It's easier to ask somebody to wear another hat, than tell them to change their thinking
- You can reduce time in meetings spent arguing towards constructive dialogue
- You can better balance thinking, particuarly in a group (for example, creatitivity with negativity or emotional perspective with facts, particuarly)