The Six Thinking Hats method encourages participants to adopt different thinking styles as they consider a problem situation. It allows the group to consider an issue or challenge from different perspectives, rather than focusing on right or wrong answers.
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- For both options, the participants should be aware of the time limitation, and the exercise moderator (i.e. the person wearing the blue hat) should ensure that different group members have the opportunity to participate in the discussion.
- It is helpful for each group to be able to see the visual summary (e.g. poster) displaying the hats at all times, as a reminder of the meaning of each hat.
- As some participants may be colour-blind, clear text should accompany the above-mentioned visual summary.
- During the final, reflection phase, the participants can also be encouraged to consider which hat was most difficult for them to ‘wear’, and which they found easiest. This could reveal more about their personal approach to problem-solving, which can contribute to their self-awareness.
The Six Thinking Hats technique developed from the book (of the same title) written by Dr. Edward de Bono. (See: Citation below). The above guidelines were developed by the database contributors and draws on their own practical experience of workshop facilitation, as well as the following resources:
- De Bono, E. (1985). Six thinking hats. Toronto, Ont: Key Porter Books.
- DeBono, Edward (1999) Six Thinking Hats: An Essential Approach to Business Management, Boston, MA: Little, Brown and Company.
- De Bono Group. (2019). Six Thinking Hats. Retrieved on 15 November 2022 from https://www.debonogroup.com/services/core-programs/six-thinking-hats/.