Six Thinking Hats can help you think better-with its practical and uniquely positive approach to making decisions and exploring new ideas. An inspiring book for anyone who makes decisions in business or in life.
Each one of the six hats to think have a color: white, red, black, yellow, green, blue. The color gives name to the hat.
In addition, color of each hat is related to his fundón.
White Hat: The target is neutral and objective. The white hat takes care of objective facts and numbers.
Red Hat: The red one suggests wrath, (to see red), fury and emotions. Red hat gives the emotional point of view.
Black Hat: The black is sad and negative. The black hat covers negative aspects –why something cannot be done.
Yellow Hat: The yellow is glad and positive. The yellow hat is optimist and covers the hope and the positive thought.
Green Hat: The green one is turf, vegetation and fertile growth, abundant. The green hat indicates new creativity and ideas.
Blue Hat: The blue one is cold, and is also the color of the sky, that is in favor of upon everything. The blue hat takes care of the control and the organization of process of the thought. Also of the use of the other hats.
De Bono unscrambles the thinking process with the “six thinking hats” method:
Using the White Hat
One imagines computer that gives the facts and the numbers that are requested to him. He is neutral and objective. It does not make interpretations nor it gives opinions. When it uses the white hat, the thinker would have to imitate the computer.
Using the Red Hat
The red hat makes the feelings visible so that they can become partly of map and also of the system of values that chooses the route in the map.
When a thinker is using the red hat, it would never have to make the attempt to justify the feellings or to base them on the logic.
Using the Black Hat
The thinker of black hat indicates why something is not going to work. The thinker of black hat indicates the risks and dangers. The thinker of black hat indicates the imperfections of a design.
Using the Yellow Hat
The thinker of yellow hat is positive and constructive. The yellow color symbolizes the brightness of the sun, the luminosity and the optimism.
The thinker of yellow hat is constructive and generative. From him they arise concrete proposals and suggestions.
Using the Green Hat
The green hat is for the creative thought. The color green is the symbol of the fertility, the growth and the value of the seeds.
The search of alternatives is a fundamental aspect of the thinker of the green hat. It is necessary to go beyond the well-known, obvious and the satisfactory thing.
Using the Blue Hat
The blue hat is the hat of the control. To think with the blue hat is to think about the thought necessary to investigate the subject.
The thinker of blue hat defines the subjects towards which the thought must go, establishes the center. It defines the problems and it elaborates the questions.
To see an example of how The Six Thinking Hats Method works , watch this video: