Six Thinking Hats

Today, I’m gonna talk about the six thinking hats.

It’s an idea made by this guy Edward de Bono, a psychologist.

Now the “six thinking hats” basically talks about the different ways humans think.

You see, the human brain, it has many ways of looking at subject…

Let’s say you’re choosing job. Let’s say you’re choosing between offers. Hmm okay

What are the things you’ll consider?

Of course, first, you’ll look at the tasks you’ll need to do.

And then you’ll think about the salary, work location, schedule, and all that.

What else? You’ll think about if it will make you feel good, right?

And maybe you’ll also think about the possible bad side of the job.

So…in this situation…you switch between these “modes of thinking.”

You don’t just think in a logical way. But also in an emotional way. Or a practical way.

And this is what the “six thinking hats” is about.

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Okay then so why are we calling them hats? Don’t take it literally…

Like I said earlier, we switch between different ways of thinking. So…you can think of it like putting on hats.

Here’s the thing: no one thinks in a practical way all the time.

So instead, you consciously make yourself think that way.

You put on the…let’s say “practical thinking hat.” You see where I’m getting at?

So each hat has a color and it represents a way of thinking.

I’ll explain them one by one very briefly.

Okay so, let’s begin with the blue hat.

The blue hat is all about the big picture.

When you put on the blue hat, you ask questions like, what is this task about? What is the goal? What’s the point of all of this?

You think about the overview.

And then we have the white hat.

This white hat is all about data, nothing else.

Want to get straight to the facts? This is the hat you put on.

Next, the red hat, or maybe you can also call this the emotions hat.

When you put on the red hat, the facts don’t matter. It’s all about how you feel.

Next we have the black hat.

Many people think of negativity or darkness when they see black…

Well, this is somehow true for the black thinking hat.

It’s the hat you put on when you want to think of what could go wrong. It’s like the devil’s advocate.

And then we have the yellow hat. Yellow, like the color of sunshine…

And yes, that’s exactly what’s it about. Seeing the bright side of things.

It’s like the opposite of the black hat.

And finally, there’s the green hat.

This hat is all about creative thinking.

When you “think out of the box,” this is the hat you put on.

Okay, here’s another thing.

They may be called six thinking hats…

But sometimes, using them is not as easy as literally putting on and taking off a hat…

For example, if you’re a very optimistic person, you might find it hard to put on a black hat and be critical and cautious.

Or if you’re more of a white hat person who only looks at the facts, then you might think there’s no use for the red hat.

Alright so maybe you’re thinking, how is this gonna help me?

Okay, so the guy who came up with this idea, de Bono, he thought that using the hats is a good for problem solving.

And I think it can help you too.

It works like this.

Let’s look an example, a very basic situation…

Let’s say you have a new project so you meet with your team.

Maybe it’s a good idea to put on your blue hats first.

You can talk about your goals. Talk about the big picture.

I guess you can follow this with the white hat. Get the data and facts you need.

And maybe when you’re done with that, you can put on your red hats.

You know just say what you feel about it. Maybe talk about your doubts or negative reactions?

And then move on to your yellow hats. Talk about why this project is a good idea. Talk about how it’s gonna do your team good.

So now that you’ve talked about the good stuff, I think you can now bring out it’s opposite, the black hat.

Ask yourselves, what are the risks to look out for? Should you be cautious about anything?

And lastly, when you’re all set for action, then it’s time to put on the green hat. Figure out the best plan for the project.