Trying to shift your perspective to tackle a problem from a different angle can be a very hard thing to do. How are you meant to stop thinking the way you think and think in a different way? Well, you kind of can’t. But we have found that using Edward De Bono’s ‘Six Hats of Thinking’ to be an invaluable tool for helping you and your team to do just this.
So we’ve taken this resource and given it the ol’ Dossier twist: so its easier to understand and implement in your business. Now the next time you’re facing an interesting problem that needs a creative solution, grab your team and try putting on some of these hats.
The Red Hat
With the red hat on it’s time to let your emotions fly. What does your gut tell you? Where is your intuition taking you? Don’t spend too long with the red hat on though, its meant to help create a quick and instinctual reaction.
The White Hat
Its time to seek out the information. The white hat is about being neutral while seeking the facts and information required. Try to be unbiased with regards to information, what is needed and what is not?
Trying to shift your perspective to tackle a problem from a different angle can be a very hard thing to do. How are you meant to stop thinking the way you think and think in a different way?
The Yellow Hat
Being positive and constructive are the advantages to the yellow hat. Look for the benefits in the problem and be a positive advocate for effectiveness and getting the job done. Also say something nice about yourself, the yellow hat encourages positive affirmations and smiles.
The Black Hat
Here’s to a cautionary tale. The black hat points out errors or pitfalls. Focusing on identifying the difficult problems and dangers. It can be a bit of a downer to wear the black hat but don’t worry as the other hats will help solve the problems that are brought up.
The Green Hat
Its time to focus on new ideas and solutions, be bold, be out there. The ideas that come to you now should be unrestrained and free. Think about growth and movement. Don’t try to come up with the perfect solution, just come up with as many ideas as you can.
The Blue Hat
If you like structure, organization, planning, and focus then the blue hat will fit quite nicely. While wearing the blue hat you monitor and reflect on the process, try to navigate your team as they use the other hats, and set a good plan or agenda.
So there you have it, a quick fire guide to using the six thinking hats. The next time you have a problem that needs some creative solutions grab you team and take turns wearing these hats.