Six Thinking Hats

March 9, 2009 at 10:11 pm | Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment

Here’s a very good business book I read:

Six Thinking Hats

Six Thinking Hats

The book’s main argument is that a lot of conflict/ignorance/stupid behavior comes out of lack of perspective. The book draws an analogy of four different people at different sides of a house arguing over the intercom that the house looks like. They argue because each description is different, but they are all “right”. This book separates your line of thinking in six different perspectives or “thinking hats”.

From wikipedia:
* Neutrality (white hat) – considering purely what information is available, what are the facts?
* Feeling (red hat) – instinctive gut reaction or statements of emotional feeling (but not any justification)
* Negative judgement (black hat) – logic applied to identifying flaws or barriers, seeking mismatch
* Positive Judgement (yellow hat) – logic applied to identifying benefits, seeking harmony
* Creative thinking (green hat) – statements of provocation and investigation, seeing where a thought goes
* Process control (blue hat) – thinking about thinking

It’s a quick read, 192 pages. Highly recommended.

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