Which Hat To Wear? Six Thinking Hats


Happy Friday morning to you! Hope you have a great weekend planned.

Do you ever had that nagging feeling that there is some aspect of an issue that you have not addressed? Or maybe in one of your meetings everyone seems to be saying the same thing? Or maybe the strongest personality in the room is overly pessimistic or optimistic so everyone else adopts the same approach? Regardless, you know that you are missing something.

Well there is a way of parallel thinking that will help you and your team fully think about and discuss issues. It is called The Six Thinking Hats. In this approach you learn how to separate thinking into six distinct functions and roles that help you to have a more robust analysis of the issue.

First is the White Hat – this aspect just deals with the information that you have or need. Just the facts.

The Green Hat deals with all the possibilities, alternatives, new concepts, and so on.

The Yellow Hat is when you explore the positives and look for value and benefit.

The Black Hat is where you look for the difficulties and dangers and explore why something might not work.

The Red Hat deals with emotions, hunches, and intuition. Here is where you express your fears as well as hopes.

The Blue Hat is the managing of the thinking process ensuring that all of the “hats” are used in the process.


So, if you want a more robust examination of an issue, try wearing a selection of the 6 Thinking Hats.

Leadership Challenge – Ideas AND Execution


I really enjoyed reviewing this resource recently.

It is “Executing Innovation: Beyond the Idea | 12 October, 2013”

With Chris Trimble, Adjunct Professor of Business Administration, Tuck School of Business

“Genius is one percent inspiration, 99 percent perspiration.”

Edison said it more than a century ago, but nobody listened. When companies get excited about innovation, they tend to invest nearly all their energies in that initial one percent.

But the real challenge is not the idea; it’s the execution of that idea.

Professor Trimble, an expert on making innovation happen in large organizations, will discuss the ideas presented in his latest book Beyond the Idea: How to Execute Innovation in Any Organization.

Execution Challenge - Beyond the Idea

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