My team and I are reading “The Six Thinking Hats” – this book discusses the method that can change the way humans think. This method is highly used from large corporations to preschoolers, so it is for everyone and very easy to follow.
This book’s method is about changing the way a group communicates and better ways to reach a decision as a group. The main goal is to make thinking more well-structured and effective. The author writes, “Suggestions, judgments, criticism, information and plain emotions are all mixed together in a sort of thinking stew.” – In order to be more effective, you must separate one from another.
When trying to make a decision or solve a problem - the “hats” are different ways of looking at the issue to come to a solution. The white hat sees the facts, the red hat says how one feels about the issue, the black hat looks at the negative effects of the decision, the yellow hat looks at the positive effects of the decision, the green hat thinks of alternatives, and the blue hat clarifies which kind of thinking is going on. Therefore, the thinking process becomes clearer when the different ways of thinking are brought to light.
The “Six Thinking Hats” model encourages groups to make discussions more balanced. It recognizes the significance of emotions in decision-making and tries to separate them from the facts and from the positive or negative insinuation of the decision. Then, in order to make the discussion more clear, you need a “blue hat” (facilitator), a person who organizes and leads the discussion.
This book is very enlightening; the method of “The Six Thinking Hats” is not only effective but it will bring harmony when trying to reach a solution as a group. My suggestion would be to read this book and implement with your team to make for smoother decision making and harmonious thinking.
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