Six Thinking Hats is a critical and creative thinking training course from Edward de Bono that helps individuals and organizations throughout the world become more effective, innovative thinkers.
Six Thinking Hats is a flexible and easy-to-use thinking process that leads to amazing results with innovative thinking, improved communication, and reduced meeting time.
In traditional thinking we constantly find ourselves in conflict. Each side seeks to criticize the other point of view. The Six Thinking Hats method, however, encourages Parallel Thinking, where everyone explores all sides of an issue at the same time.
In parallel thinking, confrontation is replaced by a cooperative exploration of the subject. It encourages the sharing of information, reduces argument, and allows talkers to think and thinkers to talk.
Six Thinking Hats puts everyone in meetings on an equal playing field, keeps egos in check, depersonalizes criticism, and creates an open environment that encourages the unique contributions of each individual, even those who are typically more reserved.
Six Thinking Hats is also an effective tool to use for individual thinking. Using a Six Thinking Hats sequence ensures that all aspects of an issue are considered.
How does Six Thinking Hats work? Each of the Six Thinking Hats represents a different direction or type of thinking, which is identified by a color:
Everyone focuses on the same type of thinking at the same time (parallel thinking), which minimizes conflict and promotes progress. When switching hats, everyone changes to the different mode of thinking to tap into their collective knowledge. This eliminates egos and has the potential to dramatically reduce the amount of time spent in meetings.
Just one hat may be used ("What's your red hat on this issue?"), or a combination of the Six Thinking Hats may be used in a particular sequence to examine an issue.
Learn Six Thinking Hats
Six Thinking Hats training is highly interactive. Participants work in small groups with support from one of our Certified Six Thinking Hats Trainers. Each participant will receive the official Six Thinking Hats workbook, developed personally by Dr. Edward de Bono, to provide ongoing reinforcement of the Six Thinking Hats methods.
Six Thinking Hats Trainer Certification Attend a Six Thinking Hats Certification with people from other organizations. Or have a de Bono Consulting Master Trainer certify your trainers at your location (includes one-day end-user training for 24 of your employees).
Edward de Bono, M.D., Ph.D., Rhodes Scholar, is the leading authority in creative and conceptual thinking. He is the author of 75+ books with translations in 38 languages. Edward de Bono is a world-renowned consultant to business, government, and education.