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Six Thinking Hats [Hardcover]

Edward De Bono
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30 Oct 1986

The multi million-copy bestseller Six Thinking Hats by Edward de Bono, author of Lateral Thinking and I Am Right You Are Wrong, teaches you how to run better meetings and make better decisions.

Meetings are a crucial part of all our lives, but too often they go nowhere and waste valuable time. In Six Thinking Hats, Edward de Bono shows how meetings can be transformed to produce quick, decisive results every time.

The Six Hats method is a devastatingly simple technique based on the brain's different modes of thinking. The intelligence, experience and information of everyone is harnessed to reach the right conclusions quickly.

These principles fundamentally change the way you work and interact. They have been adopted by businesses and governments around the world to end conflict and confusion in favour of harmony and productivity.

'An inspiring man with brilliant ideas. De Bono never ceases to amaze with his clarity of thought' Richard Branson

Edward de Bono invented the concept of lateral thinking. A world-renowned writer and philosopher, he is the leading authority in the field of creative thinking and the direct teaching of thinking as a skill.

Dr de Bono has written more than 60 books, in 40 languages, with people now teaching his methods worldwide. He has chaired a special summit of Nobel Prize laureates, and been hailed as one of the 250 people who have contributed most to mankind.

Dr de Bono's titles include classic bestsellers such as Six Thinking Hats, Lateral Thinking, I Am Right You Are Wrong, Teach Yourself How To Think, Teach Your Child How To Think, and Simplicity.

www.edwdebono.com

--This text refers to the Paperback edition.

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  • Hardcover: 220 pages
  • Publisher: Viking (30 Oct 1986)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0670813141
  • ISBN-13: 978-0670813148
  • Product Dimensions: 21.8 x 13.8 x 2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (23 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 280,763 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Edward de Bono studied at Christ Church, Oxford (as a Rhodes Scholar). He also holds a Ph.D from Cambridge and an MD from the University of Malta. He has held appointments at the universities of Oxford, London, Cambridge and Harvard. In 1967, de Bono invented the now commonly used term 'lateral thinking' and, for many thousands, indeed millions, of people worldwide, his name has since become a symbol of creativity and new thinking. He has written numerous books, which have been translated into 34 languages, and his advice is sought by Nobel laureates and world leaders alike. www.edwarddebono.com.

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An inspiring man with brilliant ideas. De Bono never ceases to amaze with his clarity of thought. (Richard Branson) --This text refers to the Paperback edition.

About the Author

Edward de Bono invented the concept of lateral thinking. A world-renowned writer and philosopher, he is the leading authority in the field of creative thinking and the direct teaching of thinking as a skill.

Dr de Bono has written more than 60 books, in 40 languages, with people now teaching his methods worldwide. He has chaired a special summit of Nobel Prize laureates, and been hailed as one of the 250 people who have contributed most to mankind.

Dr de Bono's titles include classic bestsellers such as Six Thinking Hats, Lateral Thinking, I Am Right You Are Wrong, Teach Yourself How To Think, Teach Your Child How To Think, and Simplicity - all now re-issued by Penguin.

www.edwdebono.com

--This text refers to the Paperback edition.

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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant for creative people too! 3 Feb 2000
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Format:Paperback
De Bono's book is a pragmatic, easily understood volume that will help you tackle projects or problems successfully. I recently used his principles in a creative writing seminar, because De Bono's methods prevent negative or emotional thinking from dominating in work. I agree that the text might have been better edited; De Bono's sentences are wordier than necessary, and while the multitude of short paragraphs may be good for marking significant passages, they are awkward to read straight through. However, none of these disadvantages outweigh the book's benefits.
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42 of 45 people found the following review helpful
By Donald Mitchell HALL OF FAME TOP 500 REVIEWER VINE VOICE
Format:Hardcover
Seldom do I find a legitimate improvement on existing thinking processes, but there certainly is one in Six Thinking Hats. De Bono reports that this process reduces time spent in meetings by 20 to 90 percent, based on experiences reported to him since the book was first published. It also seems that many people feel that the evaluations that emerge are more useful ones, as well.
De Bono himself makes this statement: "The Six Thinking Hats method may well be the most important change in human thinking for the past twenty-three hundred years." You'll have to decide for yourself, if the book lives up to that claim.
De Bono diagnoses the fundamental problem of decision-making as being muddled thinking. Groups are simply not well equipped to deal with a wide range of data and perspectives simultaneously. The meeting often bogs down into conflicts of personalities and over focus on inimportant points. By creating a simpler way to think about issues, de Bono claims to eliminate many of these problems.
The process is not one that I have used, but it makes sense to me as an improvement over less structured evaluation methods. It can be used by an individual or a group working together. The amount of structure you use can be high, or you can be more ad hoc.
People learn best when they are playing, and the six hat approach clearly encourages a spirit of play. By giving each person a role (and each person eventually playing all of the roles), the method reduces the amount of personality-based conflict, encourages more participation, and gives validation to many different ways to present the question at hand. This should make each person feel more affirmed and invested in the process.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A great business book 24 Jan 2013
Format:Paperback
Possibly the best way I have come across to run meetings.

The principle behind the book is that you have six hats: White - Information, Red - Emotions. Black - Caution, Yellow - Optimism, Green - Creativity and BlueControl of thinking.

Each participant at the meeting takes time to make suggestions at the meeting whilst metaphorically wearing the appropriate coloured hat. The advantage to this is that the doom and gloom merchants (Black hats) do have their time, but do not dominate the meeting, and are expected to contribute whilst 'wearing' the other hats, so they have to find positive things to say or be creative and so on.

de Bono makes suggestions as to the best order to run meetings in, and makes practical suggestions for time and the wearer of the blue hat.
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By moses
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A lot of people criticise de Bono for what he has done. Well, more for how he has told people what he alleges he has done and alleges the innovations he has made through others. But if he didn't praise himself who would? No-one like to call themselves a bad driver, yet there are a lot out there.

Like driving, like golf and one or two other past times, people think they are pretty good at thinking and it cannot be improved. They're not. Yet they can. Simply.

OK, this book could easily be shortened, yet books "must be of a certain length to sell", according to publishers. Hence the length.

Yes it's long, but who says you must read every word? The summaries do nicely.

What works even beter is applying the principles. Use it and see, but do give the exercises an fairs stab at working before deciding.
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4.0 out of 5 stars interesting 5 April 2014
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makes a complicated process simpler, however, it took me some time to get myself thinking in the same way whilst reading it - thats me though!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Simply excellent and a very easy read 28 Feb 2014
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This is the easiest way to get everyone in a team involved as each will bring something different to the party. We all think differently and by reading this you have a complete breakdown of what they are actually thinking and how to approach/deal with them. It is collaborative working at its best and well worth the read if you are in a teamwork situation. It is logical, well written and well explained so nothing like psychiatry just the opposite simple plain explanations. For the small layout this could well make all the difference. i read it regularly as there is always something I will forget!
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By Hugo
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With my management team I did the one day course in Six Thinking Hats and bought this book later on to read it again and again. Now, 6 years later, I still use the techniques of parallel thinking which shows the power of it.

Are you having never ending discussions in your team, then this way of structuring your meeting is highly recommended and it will surely lead to better results.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Help for solving problems at meetings
The method actually works and can be used in a variety of situations. Requires some preparation and explanation because people are used to debating issues.
Published 9 months ago by Jeremy Dean
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent book
My boss recommended this method to me and I've become a bit evangelical about it! Going to try and run a training course for my colleagues so we can use it in our meetings
Published 12 months ago by Bryony Blinman
4.0 out of 5 stars Good book
Good book for those who work in big corporations and want to learn about new ways of approaching meetings and decisions. Great lecture.
Published 12 months ago by Alex
5.0 out of 5 stars So simple and so effective...
This is such a great book for teaching people "how to" create change, overcome self doubt and many other things... Read more
Published 14 months ago by Mark Stipanovsky
5.0 out of 5 stars Genius
Parallel thinking and so much more. Its one of those subjects you eeven start using with your own family to get issues resolved on what we do at the weekend. So much harmony! Read more
Published 15 months ago by Mr. Slj Johnson
5.0 out of 5 stars Great concepts that everybody should learn and use
I wish school thought this 6 ways of thinking. Our world would be more happy place to be and work. Don't wait and read this book. It will change your way of thinking.
Published 18 months ago by Martincik Ladislav
5.0 out of 5 stars Very useful book for decision making
This book is a paradigm change in the way teams make decisions together and think creatively to solve a project. Read more
Published 20 months ago by Mr. Javier Perez-izaguirre
5.0 out of 5 stars I THINK it's good!
I was already familiar with this book, having used ideas from it as part of Presentation Skills Courses. Read more
Published 20 months ago by Adam J.
4.0 out of 5 stars A major work!
Mr De Bono's book is a major work on the subject of how we think. It is lucid, organised and thought provoking.I particularly liked his insights into creative thinking. Read more
Published on 21 Jun 2012 by peter turner
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