Wearing six hats

This classic De Bono approach is an excellent way of getting the most out of creative teams and is a gentle play on the saying "putting on your thinking cap." It recognizes that there are many different roles in the creative process and that it is sometimes helpful to be more explicit about this.

De Bono assumes that when a team is grappling with a problem, it may be helpful to be really clear about the different roles you can play. So, he suggests that you wear six differently colored hats and act according to the role that each one suggests.

White = You introduce neutral facts, figures and information.

Red = You put forward hunches, feeling and intuitions.

Black = You are logical and negative.

Yellow = You are logical and positive.

Green = You constantly come up with creative ideas for taking things forward.

Blue = You act as the conductor of the orchestra, concentrating on managing the process of coming up with ideas successfully.

There are all sorts of ways in which this can be used, but the simplest is just to play the roles that each hat suggests. You could add other colors and other roles. This technique could be used in a social setting or as a warm-up item to a more serious meeting.

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