de Bono’s Six Thinking Hats
Six Thinking Hats® is a powerful, yet simple tool to drive creativity and innovation. It separates thinking into six roles, each of which has is represented by a different coloured hat.
The premise is that the brain thinks in a number of distinct ways which can be deliberately challenged, and hence planned for use in a structured way allowing one to develop tactics for thinking about particular issues. de Bono identifies six distinct directions in which the brain can be challenged. In each of these directions the brain will identify and bring into conscious thought certain aspects of issues being considered (e.g. gut instinct, pessimistic judgement, neutral facts). None of these directions are completely natural ways of thinking, but rather how some of us already represent the results of our thinking.
Since the hats do not represent natural modes of thinking, each hat must be used for a limited time only.
We use it in a variety of training such as team building, problem solving and creativity.