Six Thinking Hats(r)

[LEFT][SIZE=4][COLOR=purple]Six Thinking Hats® is a simple, effective parallel thinking process that
helps people be more productive, focused, and mindfully involved. And once
learned the tools can be applied immediately!
You and your team members can learn how to separate thinking into six
valuable functions and roles. Each thinking role is identified with a
colored 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
The Yellow Hat symbolizes brightness and optimism. Under this hat you
explore the positives and probe for value and benefit
The Black Hat is judgment - the devil’s advocate or 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.

Using Six Thinking Hats®, you and your team will learn how to:

look* *at problems, decisions, and opportunities systematically
use Parallel Thinking™ as a group or team to generate more, better ideas
and solutions
make meetings much shorter and more productive
reduce conflict among team members or meeting participants
stimulate innovation by generating more and better ideas quickly
create dynamic, results oriented meetings that make people want to
go beyond the obvious to discover effective alternate solutions
spot opportunities where others see only problems
think clearly and objectively
view problems from new and unusual angles
make thorough evaluations
see all sides of a situation
keep egos and “turf protection” in check
achieve significant and meaningful results