Six Thinking Hats




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The Six Thinking Hats proposal analysis tool invented by Edward de Bono is used for evaluation of innovative ideas.

While most of our thinking is adversarial, the six thinking hats technique overcomes these difficulties by forcing everyone to think in parallel.




As participants wear each hat white, red, yellow, black, green, or blue they all must think a certain way at the same time.

The Six Thinking Hats approach to proposal analysis encourages individuals to explore multiple perspectives and avoid biases.

It is also a simple yet effective way to improve problem-solving and decision-making skills.

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Proposal Analysis





The proposal is read out and then everyone puts one the following hats in turn:

White Hat (information); Red Hat (emotions); Yellow Hat (optimisms); Black Hat (pessimism); Green Hat (growth and possibilities); Blue Hat (process)... More

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Need for Cultural Adaptation

Some colors of  the Six Thinking Hats might need to be adapted to local cultures. For instance, in China, "wearing a green hat" means that your spouse is cheating on you. Participants start laughing instead of thinking about growth and possibilities when they put a green hat on. The hat of "growth-and-possibilities" thus might need to have a different color in China.