Friday, 9 April 2010

Edward de Bono Six Thinking Hats

The technique
The Six Thinking Hats technique of Edward de Bono is a model that can be used for exploring different perspectives towards a complex situation or challenge. Seeing things in various ways is often a good idea in strategy formation or complex decision-making processes.
It provides a means for groups to think together more effectively, and a means to plan thinking processes in a detailed and cohesive way.

Types of hats
The six hats and the thinking processes that they represent
White hat Facts & Information
Red hat Feelings & Emotions
Black hat Logical negative
Yellow hat Logical positive
Green hat Creative thinking & Possibilities
Blue hat Control of process & Steps

Main benefits
Main benefits of Six Thinking Hats method:
1. Allow to say things without risk
2. Create awareness that there are multiple perspectives on the issue at hand
3. Convenient mechanism for 'switching gears'
4. Rules for the game of thinking
5. Focus thinking
6. Lead to more creative thinking
7. Improve communication
8. Improve decision making


  1. Great!
    The first time I was asked to work in a group following this model I was very puzzled. We were at an eTwinning meeting and at first we thought we couldn't produce any good idea... but believe me, it worked!
    I think you can use this model with students as well (maybe at high school) but in my opinion it works best with adults.
    Good idea indeed, and thanks for sharing!

  2. Thank you for ideas!! I didn't try out this model yet, only had some information.
    I like study new things).

  3. Very interesting! I never heard about this before.
    Thanks Eric.