Dr. Edward De Bono’s Six Thinking Hats is a simple, effective parallel thinking process that helps people be more productive, focused, and mindfully involved. A powerful tool set, which once learned can be applied immediately. You and your team members can learn how to separate thinking into six clear functions and roles. Each thinking role is identified with a coloured symbolic “thinking hat”. By mentally wearing and switching “hats”; you can easily focus or redirect thoughts, the conversation, or the meeting.
The White Hat calls for information known or needed. “The facts, just the facts.”
The Yellow Hat symbolizes brightness and optimism. Under this hat you explore the positives and probe for value and benefit.
The Black Hat is about judgment and plays the devil’s advocate and challanges why something may not work. Spot the difficulties and dangers; where things might go wrong. Probably the most powerful and useful of the Hats but a problem if overused.
The Red Hat signifies feelings, hunches and intuition. When using this hat you can express emotions and feelings and share fears, likes, dislikes, loves, and hates.
The Green Hat focuses on creativity; the possibilities, alternatives, and new ideas. It’s an opportunity to express new concepts and new perceptions.
The Blue Hat is used to manage the thinking process. It’s the control mechanism that ensures the Six Thinking Hats guidelines are observed.
Reference: Dr. Edward De Bono. Six Thinking Hats