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Six Thinking Hats

Edward de Bono

5 mins

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Six Thinking Hats shows you how to disentangle your own and your team or company's cumulative thinking process into six distinct areas to tackle problems from different perspectives.


Six Thinking Hats

Six Thinking Hats

by Edward de Bono


Working at a company that tries out new management practices, like the Six Thinking Hats Method, must be highly rewarding.

In 1985, Edward de Bono came up with this way of structuring the thinking process of managers and teams, to help them dissect thoughts into useful categories – six different hats that managers and their teams can take turns wearing.

  1. Blue – Management.
  2. White – Information.
  3. Red – Emotions.
  4. Black – Caution.
  5. Yellow – Optimism.
  6. Green – Creativity.

This helps members of an organization align their mental processes so that they can solve problems with parallel thinking.

Favorite quote

We may have a perfectly adequate way of doing something, but that does not mean there cannot be a better way.

- Edward De Bono

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