decision making

Revisiting the Six Thinking Hats

Edward De Bono’s famous system is a group decision-making technique used to help analyse a decision prior to implementation. The technique looks at a problem from six different perspectives.

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.

De Bono's Six Thinking Hats

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This week we’re looking at trade delegations: What should you expect? Do they deliver? And how do you prepare? We talk to BRIC and China expert David Thomas, CEO of Think Global.

David has been facilitating business relationships between developed and emerging countries in various capacities for thirty years. He has led a number of trade missions into Asia, with a special focus on China.

We asked David, do trade delegations deliver for small and medium sized businesses? Listen here online, or subscribe to the full series on iTunes, here

decision making

From the Knowledge Centre

From the Knowledge Centre

A selection of useful digital and print resources on decision-making from the AIM Knowledge Centre. Access is free to all AIM Members, online, or at one of our AIM libraries around the country.
A selection of useful digital and print resources on decision-making from the AIM Knowledge Centre. Access is free to all AIM Members, online, or at one of our AIM libraries around the country.

Professional development

Developing Decision Making Skills – A Checklist

Developing Decision Making Skills – A Checklist

Decision making skills enable a manager and leader to consider alternatives and use judgement to choose an appropriate and timely course of action. The checklist below is a numbered guide to ensure decisions ...
Decision making skills enable a manager and leader to consider alternatives and use judgement to choose an appropriate and timely course of action. The checklist below is a numbered guide to ensure decisions ...

Professional development

6 Simple steps to making good decisions

6 Simple steps to making good decisions

To achieve big things in business, and life, you need to make good decisions. Here are some simple steps you can take to make sure you get things right, more of the time.
To achieve big things in business, and life, you need to make good decisions. Here are some simple steps you can take to make sure you get things right, more of the time.

Professional development

Decision made: the new Insight Edge

Decision made: the new Insight Edge

Decisions are made every day by managers – some easy, some tough. The way in which decisions are made will be influenced by an organisation's structure, procedures and policies, and more subtly by its ...
Decisions are made every day by managers – some easy, some tough. The way in which decisions are made will be influenced by an organisation's structure, procedures and policies, and more subtly by its ...

Global

Leading internationally capable organisations

Leading internationally

If overseas expansion is the key to future competitiveness, how do we prepare our leaders and the organisations they run?
If overseas expansion is the key to future competitiveness, how do we prepare our leaders and the organisations they run?

global leadership

Does your business have what it takes to succeed in Asia?

Do you have what it takes to succeed in Asia?

Globalisation, hyperconnectivity, the proliferation of free trade agreements: a range of factors are combining to ensure that all business leaders must think internationally. What are the 11 capabilities ...
Globalisation, hyperconnectivity, the proliferation of free trade agreements: a range of factors are combining to ensure that all business leaders must think internationally. What are the 11 capabilities ...

global leadership

12 ways to make your trade mission work for your business

Make trade missions work

Trade missions may be as much about 'the vibe' of a new market as they are about sealing the deal. How do you prepare and execute a successful trade mission?
Trade missions may be as much about 'the vibe' of a new market as they are about sealing the deal. How do you prepare and execute a successful trade mission?

global leadership

Why international experience might be the competitive leadership edge you need

Gain international leadership experience

What has international leadership experience taught AIM Member Sturt Eastwood about doing business in international markets and here in Australia?
What has international leadership experience taught AIM Member Sturt Eastwood about doing business in international markets and here in Australia?