Six Thinking Hats

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Little, Brown, 1985 - Business & Economics - 207 pages
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"Thinking often proceeds as drift and waffle and reaction," writes de Bono. In this book, he presents a way to become a better thinker. He separates thinking into six distinct modes, identified with six colored "thinking hats": White: facts, figures, and objective information; Red: emotions and feelings; Black: logical negative thoughts; Yellow: positive constructive thoughts; Green: creativity and new ideas; and Blue: control of the other hats and thinking steps. "Putting on" a hat focuses thinking; "switching" hats redirects thinking. With the different parts of the thinking process defined, discussions can be better focused and more productive. Using real-life situations as examples, de Bono creates scenarios that show how the effective use of "thinking hats" can: focus thinking more clearly; lead to more creative thinking; and improve communication and thus decision-making.

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User Review  - dean_p - LibraryThing

A simple idea turned into a book-- basically convert different personality modes that people display during meetings or groups into colored hats, thus removing a layer of attachment and individuality ... Read full review

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User Review  - thomashwalker2 - LibraryThing

Dr. Edward de Bono is a leader in conceptual thinking and his book has some good advice, however, the book does not read like it was written by a man with his credentials. I am a strong advocate for keeping things simple. So my review is a compliment. Read full review

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About the author (1985)

Dr. Edward de Bono is widely regarded as the leading authority in the direct teaching of creative thinking. He is the originator of the term "lateral thinking," and his books have been translated into thirty-seven languages.

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