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  • Writer's pictureEsra Baydemir

UNLOCKING CREATIVE SYNERGY: Navigate Creativity with the Six Thinking Hats

Updated: Nov 23, 2023

Embark on the journey of effective decision-making and creativity with the Six Thinking Hats technique, a brainchild of Dr. Edward de Bono, designed to transform your meetings into inclusive and enjoyable experiences.

Picture a meeting where everyone collaborates seamlessly, exploring innovative ideas and reaching decisions effortlessly – a dream scenario that can be turned into reality with the Six Thinking Hats.

Whether utilized individually or within a team, this technique ensures a synchronized thought process by assigning specific roles to each hat during discussions. In group discussions, it is important that everyone wears the same hat at the same time. This mitigates personal biases and conflicting viewpoints, fostering a harmonious and productive environment.

Let's delve into the diverse hats:

1. Blue Hat: Chef's Hat

  • Takes charge of control and management, setting the agenda and ensuring guidelines are followed.

  • Prompts summaries, conclusions, decisions, and action plans.

2. Green Hat: Creative Hat

  • Unleashes creative thinking by generating new ideas, alternatives, possibilities, and innovative concepts.

3. Red Hat: Hat of the Heart

  • Allows for intuitive expression of feelings and ideas without factual basis, focusing on instinct.

4. Yellow Hat: Optimistic Hat

  • Encourages a positive outlook by seeking benefits and values in every situation.

5. Black Hat: Judge's Hat

  • Identifies risks and predicts potential negative outcomes.

  • Provides logical reasons for concerns.

6. White Hat: Objective Hat

  • Centers around knowledge, seeking answers to what information is available, what is needed, and where to obtain it.

Much like a painter choosing from a limited palette, we often evaluate life, surroundings, and the world through the lens of habitual thinking. However, the Six Thinking Hats method challenges us to embrace various perspectives, recognizing that our best decisions arise when we consider different viewpoints. Elevate your decision-making process and creativity by incorporating this transformative technique into your meetings.

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