Quotes from Six Thinking Hats by Edward de Bono

six-thinking-hatsI previously reviewed Six Thinking Hats by Edward de Bono . You can read the review here. Here are 10 quotes from the book.

  1. Instead of judging our way forward, we need to design our way forward. We need to be thinking about ‘what can be’, not just ‘what is’.
  2. Thinking is the ultimate human resource. Yet we can never be satisfied with our most important skill. No matter how good we become, we should always want to be better.
  3. The main difficulty of thinking is confusion. We try to do too much at once. Emotions, information, logic, hope, and creativity all crowd in on us.
  4. A thinking system based on argument is excellent just as the front left wheel of a car is excellent. There is nothing wrong with it at all. But it is not sufficient.
  5. White hat energy is directed at seeking and laying out information.
  6. Red hat thinking is all about emotions and feelings and the non-rational aspects of thinking. The red hat provides a formal and defined channel for bringing these things out into the open.
  7. The black hat is the ‘natural’ hat of the Western thinking traction. With the black hat we point out what is wrong, what does not fit, and what will not work.
  8. Yellow hat thinking probes and explores for value and benefit.
  9. The green hat is the energy hat. Think of vegetation. Think of growth. Think of new leaves and branches. The green hat is the creative hat.
  10. The blue hat is like the conductor of the orchestra. The conductor gets the best out of the orchestra by seeing that what should be done is done at the right time. The blue hat is for the management of thinking. The blue hat is for the organization of thinking. The blue hat is for process control.
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My One Idea From Six Thinking Hats by Edward de Bono

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Book Review – Six Thinking Hats by Edward de Bono

six-thinking-hatsI first read this book about 15 years ago, and remember using the techniques in the book to facilitate a couple of sessions. I had forgotten about the Six Thinking Hats till I recently reviewed, Teach Yourself to Think, another book by Edward de Bono (you can read my review here). In just 177 pages, de Bono has written a book which can teach anyone a simple, but very effective technique to help manage meetings, facilitate group sessions and more importantly, solve problems. So what is the Six Thinking Hats technique? It is a parallel thinking method which allows people to look in the same direction at any point in time with the aim of exploring a particular subject fully and deriving multiple perspectives for making a decision. Continue reading