Six Thinking Hats

Six Thinking Hats is a useful tool for taking different perspectives on a situation. It was developed by Edward deBono, and despite its apparent simplicity it has proven a useful device for bringing consensus and insight.

The approach to using the tool is described in some detail in the links below.
We do not believe we are offending the spirit of the original copyright by simply making a template available for people to use this valuable tool in a virtual environment, but if we find that we are, we will need to suspend this page.
The ‘Six Thinking Hats’ is a quick, simple and powerful technique to develop a more comprehensive approach to thinking. It does this by encouraging us to recognize what type of thinking we are using, and to apply different types of thinking to the subject.
We all use different types of thinking, usually without realizing it. For example, if we are feeling pessimistic about the situation, we tend to do all of our thinking from this perspective, and this limits our ability to see all the issues and opportunities.
  •  The White Hat is cold, neutral and objective. Take time to look at the facts and figures.
  •  The Red Hat represents emotion (seeing red). Take time to listen to emotions and opinions.
  •  The Black Hat is gloomy and negative. Take time to look at why this will fail and the potential downsides.
  •  The Yellow Hat is sunny and positive. Take time to be hopeful and optimistic and look at the upsides.
  •  The Green Hat is grass, fertile and growing. Take time to be creative and cultivate new ideas.
  •  The Blue Hat is the color of the sky. Take time to look from a higher and wider perspective to see if you are addressing the right issue.
The following links provide more information on the tool
You can download a PowerPoint template of the tool below.
The template can be printed off (at any size) for use in Physical meetings, or uploaded to suitable meeting or collaboration software so that it can be used in virtual or asynchronous meetings.

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