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Overview A leading authority on lateral thinking streamlines the decision-making process by identifying the central aspects of problem-solving and, by using real-life scenarios, describes how to focus thinking on each aspect individually, then link them into a productive progression. Reprint. 25,000 first printing.
Publishers Description YOUR SUCCESS IN BUSINESS DEPENDS ON HOW WELL YOU THINK Six Thinking Hats can help you think better-with its practical and uniquely positive approach to making decisions and exploring new ideas. It is an approach that thousands of business managers, educators, and government leaders around the world have already adopted with great success. "The main difficulty of thinking is confusion," writes Edward de Bono, long recognized as the foremost international authority on conceptual thinking and on the teaching of thinking as a skill. "We try to do too much at once. Emotions, information, logic, hope, and creativity all crowd in on us. It is like juggling with too many balls." The solution? De Bono unscrambles the thinking process with his "six thinking hats": * WHITE HAT: neutral and objective, concerned with facts and figures * RED HAT: the emotional view * BLACK HAT: careful and cautious, the "devil's advocate" hat * YELLOW HAT: sunny and positive * GREEN HAT: associated with fertile growth, creativity, and new ideas * BLUE HAT: cool, the color of the sky, above everything else-the organizing hat Through case studies and real-life examples, Dr. de Bono reveals the often surprising ways in which deliberate role playing can make you a better thinker. He offers a powerfully simple tool that you-and your business, whether it's a start-up or a major corporation-can use to create a climate of clearer thinking, improved communication, and greater creativity. His book is an instructive and inspiring text for anyone who makes decisions, in business or in life.
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Studio: Back Bay Books
Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 8.2" Width: 5.4" Height: 0.6" Weight: 0.45 lbs.
Release Date Sep 13, 1999
Publisher Back Bay Books
Edition Revised and Upd
ISBN 0316178314 ISBN13 9780316178310
Reviews - What do customers think about Six Thinking Hats?
Teaches the Left Brain and Right Crossover! Jun 11, 2008
The Six Thinking Hats is an easy to learn and apply, but powerful method to group decision making. Edward De Bono's common sense approach is both refreshing and insightful.
The Six Thinking Hats helps people use both their left and right brains efficiently by separating them into compartments (Thinking Hats). In other words, De Bono teaches how to achieve a strong Left Brain, Right Brain Crossover.
Each of the hats uses part of the left, or the right brain. * The White Hat addresses facts and data -Left Brain * The Red Hat addresses emotions - Right Brain * The Black Hat addresses the weaknesses in ideas- Left Brain * The Yellow Hat is hopeful and positive - Right Brain * The Green Hat addresses creativity -Right Brain * The Blue Hat is concerned with control -Left Brain
By separating thought patterns into compartments De Bono argues convincingly it is easier to come to rational conclusions for solving problems based on all aspects of the brain. In the Conclusion of the book he states:
"The biggest enemy of thinking is complexity, for that leads to confusion. When thinking is clear and simple, it becomes more enjoyable and more effective. The Six Thinking Hats concept is very simple to understand. It is also very simple to use."
Overall a fascinating and useful thinking tool for solving problems!
The Re-Discovery of Common Sense: A Guide to: The Lost Art of Critical Thinking
The Six Thinking Hats Jun 9, 2008
Edward De Bono's Six Thinking Hats is a quick read. I thought it was redundant and could have been half as long. I Was bored at times. De Bono's Six Hat Method was intentionally designed to be simple. that is the beauty of it. The six thinking hats can very easilily be applied to a meeting in order to really get things moving and that is extremely valuable. i believe people should read this book, not because its a good book, but because what De Bono demonstrates is a very powerful toolway tool. -Rogelio Potash CPP
Brief yet entertaining Jun 9, 2008
This is a short, easy-read book. Chapters are small with an introduction and summary to each colored hat. De Bono not only criticizes our way of thinking, but gives a solution for a more productive thinking. While most successful people believe that they are competent at thinking and make no efforts to improve; De Bono presents a brilliant new method to tackle any problem that can be present during a decision making process. His methodology is so simple that there are no theories, principles or models in the book. Overall this is an essential read for anybody interested in improving their thinking and facilitators running brainstorming sessions. I found this book very useful and the time I spend reading it worth while. The method in the book of using six ways of looking at something, the six thinking hats does work in real life and gives benefit. I sincerely recommended it.
putting my yellow hat on Jun 7, 2008
Six Thinking Hats was written by Edward de Bono. This is a great book to read not only if your a manager of a company and you want to make your meetings more productive but also an average person will be able to use de Bono's methods to make good decisions. This book is a great read for people who typically don't like to read, its easy to understand, it goes straight to the point, and at the end of it you'll be thinking "its that simple?" And yes it is that simple, de Bono doesnt try to confuse you but he just makes you understand that thinking in 6 different ways is better than one.
This has been my first book that I've read from cover to cover since....elementary school and I enjoyed it. I would recommend this book to anyone especially people who are fed up of non productive meetings.
The Psychological Answer to Harrison and Bramson's "Styles of Thinking Mar 9, 2008
Unlike Harrison and Bramson's "Styles of Thinking," which approaches the issue from the point of view of practical non-psychological advice to those who lack awareness about the mechanics of their own thinking styles, in this book de Bono focuses on the psychological motivations driving one towards one style of thinking or another.
But like Harrison and Bramson, de Bono also seeks the same result: He hopes to make the act of using one's thinking a conscious process rather than a "background" drift and waffle into a mindless reaction.
In order to accomplish this, the author identifies six (as opposed to five identified by Harrison and Bramson) styles, which he refers to as thinking hats.
According to his taxonomy, there is the WHITE HAT of those who gather facts, figures and other objective information; the RED HAT for those who rely primarily on their emotions and feelings to formulate their thoughts; the BLACK HAT for those who drift all too easily into negative thoughts without having to think about how they got there. Then there is their opposite: the YELLOW HAT, for those who find no difficult with positive and constructive thought. Then there is the GREEN HAT for those who find creativity easy and always accessible; and finally the BLUE Hat for those who try to control the thinking of the other hats.
Putting on a particular hat focuses thinking; "switching" hats, redirects thinking. Once the different parts of the thinking process can be clearly defined, thinking can become more focused and productive. If one "playacts" at being a particular kind of thinker, he can become that kind of thinker. That is to say: He must actually put on a particular thinking hat to do that kind of thinking.
As in his other books, De Bono uses many real life situations, both within the corporation and in everyday common situations taken from real life to drive his points home.
Both this book and the Harrison and Bramson's book have different things to offer and should be read as a set. Together, they cover the waterfront.