DeBono Six Thinking Hats

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 clear 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 facts.”
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.


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