Saturday, June 30, 2012

The “Six Hat” Technique



At times we think about one thing but we aren’t really sure if we have thought about it as much as we should. Sometimes we under think. Other times we over think. Here is where the “Six Hat” technique could hop in and become handy. It helps you discover how you feel about a certain issue or topic in six different perspectives to cover most possibilities.   
  1. Red Hat: Like passion. Think of how this issue, topic or situation emotionally affects you. How do you feel about it? What does your gut tell you?
  2. White Hat: Like purity, when a white dress gets even the tinniest dot of dirt, you can see it. Think of how this issue, topic or situation objectively affects you. What do all the facts tell you?
  3. Yellow Hat: Like the sun, it brightens the day every day. Think of how this issue, topic or situation positively affects you. What is great about it?
  4. Black Hat: Like the darkest night. Think of how this issue, topic or situation negatively affects you. What’s terrible about it?
  5. Green Hat: Like the grass, it grows beautifully and effortlessly. Think creatively about this issue, topic or situation. What’s new about it? What are the alternatives?
  6. Blue Hat: Like the sea, it’s broad and wide. Think broadly about this issue, topic or situation. What’s the overall picture? What’s the best the solution combining all the little pieces in the big picture?

Whether you want to have more and more ideas while brainstorming or you are trying to make a decision in some specific issue, topic or situation, perhaps the “Six Hat” technique will help. Give it a try.

Image Credits to: Stuart Miles

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