Many people think from a rational, positive viewpoint; however they may fail to examine a problem from an emotional, intuitive, creative or negative viewpoint. The ‘hats’ are categories of behaviour and their purpose is to direct thinking. Encouraging people to adopt different hats means that they must adopt a perspective that is not necessarily their usual way of thinking.
How this can help me?
By applying de Bono’s ‘Six Thinking Hats’ technique to group decision-making, a decision will be formed through mixing ambition, skill in implementation, imagination and good contingency planning. It enables group members to use one thinking mode at a time – instead of trying to do everything at once.