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Six Thinking Hats Hardcover – 31 Dec 1998

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  • Hardcover: 1 pages
  • Publisher: Time Warner International; 1st U.S. Ed edition (31 Dec. 1998)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0316177911
  • ISBN-13: 978-0316177917
  • Product Dimensions: 2.5 x 14 x 22.2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (45 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 563,962 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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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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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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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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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I need to declare that I am a Six Thinking Hats Certified Trainer. Edward de Bono has in my opinion taken the obvious and added a perspective that adds significant value. The obvious being our ability as humans to think. What we have not been particularly good at is recognising that thinking can be effective or ineffective.
The six thinking hats introduces our minds to a new of way of organising our thinking so as to improve the output. In the years that I have taught the skill, I have witnessed vast improvements in the way people make decisions. Additionally the system that Edward proposes benefits meetings by preventing individuals to wonder off and lose sight of the focus.
In essence Edward proposes that thinking is divided into 6 categories representing the focus for thinking, information, constructive, cautionary and creative thinking as well as considering emotions. All this artfully connected to coloured hats to add connectively to the type of thinking in progress.
A simple yet very effective set of tools that will enhance the quality of your decision making.
This book has been such a life changer for me that I included the values in a book I wrote with Edward de Bono writing the foreword. Change Directions: Perceive It - Believe It - Achieve It
Georges Philips
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I owned this many years ago, it was a helpful influence in my business and personal life, and a lot of fun to read and to "play around with" as well as apply seriously to situations, challenges and problem solving.

I actually bought it again for my girlfriend rather than myself, she didn't know of it but is studying for a degree in Textile Art & Design so I thought that not only would she appreciate the content but it might aid the creative process, even though it is not written with that in mind.

I was always able to think laterally, but this book improved that ability greatly, such that parts of it, subconsciously, are permanently with me. Plus now that my girlfriend has a copy I can look forward to reading it again and enjoying it as much as before.
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