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—-The beauty of the Six Thinking #Hats is that you explore multiple perspectives for more complete thinking. The Six Hats are:
1. White Hat – the facts and figures
2. Red Hat – the emotional view
3. Black Hat – the “devil’s advocate”
4. Yellow Hat – the positive side
5. Green Hat – the creative side
6. Blue Hat – the organizing view
The most effective way I’ve found to turn these into action is to turn the hats into simple questions:
• What are the facts and figures? (White Hat)
• What’s your gut reaction? How do you feel about this? (Red Hat)
• Why can’t we do this? What prevents us? What’s the downside? (Black Hat)
• How can we do this? (Yellow Hat)
• What are additional opportunities? (Green Hat)
• How should we think about this? (what are the metaphors or mental models) (Blue Hat)
If you’re in a room full of people, rather than fight on topics, you can team up.
Go to the whiteboard, write the list of questions above, and cycle through them as a group.
Instead of tug-of-war, you’re now teaming up on “” …
… “why can’t we do this?” … “how can we do this?” … etc.
This technique helps “black hat critics” step out of character and your reduce the overall energy drain of fighting point by point.
Instead, you improve your overall thinking as a group.