No one told me 6 hat thinking was going to be easy – By @Edwards92Sophie
By Sophie Edwards
No one told me 6 hat thinking was going to be easyyyy dumdum dumdum.
Edward de Bono developed the concept of 6 hat of thinking. In a nutshell it is a method to push ideas further by making you look at them from multiple angles.
Recently at school we have increased how often we are using the 6 hat thinking method. And each time I try, two things have been happening:
- I forget what one of the colours means
- I miss out one colour completely (5 hat thinking isn’t quite the same)
So in this SCAB alongside outlining what each hat represents I have also come up with a little plan to help you (and me) remember.
The plan is based on Friends. Simply run through the cast and you will have not only completed all the hats, but also should remember what each hat needs you to think about…
The Blue Hat – this is all about organisation and controlling how the six hat thinking session is going to go. E.g Who is taking notes? How long you are going to do it for? You should blue hat at the beginning and end of a 6 hat thinking session.
How do you remember that one of the hats is all about organisation? Think of Monica.
The White Hat – for the white hat you need to think about facts and figures. E.g For a brief on cereal, maybe you’d want to know about how many people eat breakfast in the morning?
How do you remember one of the hats is all about facts and figures? Think of Ross.
The Red Hat – the red hat is how you feel in your gut about an idea. E.g What is your gut feeling? Good? Bad? Unsure?
How do you remember one of the hats is all about gut feeling?
Think of Joey (he always thinks through his gut).
The Yellow Hat – yellow hat thinking is based around positive thinking. What are the values and benefits of this idea?
How do you remember one of the hats is all about positive thinking? Think of Phoebe.
The Green Hat – green hat thinking is all to do with getting more creative. E.g What new ideas can you think of around your original idea? How can you take it further? What else could you do?
How do you remember one of the hats is all about getting more creative?
Think of Rachel (okay, this is the weakest Friends link but her name is Rachel Green).
The Black Hat – black hat thinking is when you need to see whether you can find any faults in your idea? E.g Would you buy it? What could go wrong
How do you remember one of the hats is about looking at the faults in an idea? Think of Chandler.
So there you have it. Six hat thinking through the medium of Friends.