Six Thinking Hats:

An Essential Approach to Business Management

By: Edward de Bono


Back Bay Books, 1999

192 Pages

Reading Time: 2 hours

PBC Rating: 8/10

Summary

YOUR SUCCESS IN BUSINESS DEPENDS ON HOW WELL YOU THINK Six Thinking Hats can help you think better-with its practical and uniquely positive approach to making decisions and exploring new ideas. It is an approach that thousands of business managers, educators, and government leaders around the world have already adopted with great success. "The main difficulty of thinking is confusion," writes Edward de Bono, long recognized as the foremost international authority on conceptual thinking and on the teaching of thinking as a skill. "We try to do too much at once. Emotions, information, logic, hope, and creativity all crowd in on us. It is like juggling with too many balls." The solution? De Bono unscrambles the thinking process with his "six thinking hats": * WHITE HAT: neutral and objective, concerned with facts and figures * RED HAT: the emotional view * BLACK HAT: careful and cautious, the "devil's advocate" hat * YELLOW HAT: sunny and positive * GREEN HAT: associated with fertile growth, creativity, and new ideas * BLUE HAT: cool, the color of the sky, above everything else-the organizing hat Through case studies and real-life examples, Dr. de Bono reveals the often surprising ways in which deliberate role playing can make you a better thinker. He offers a powerfully simple tool that you-and your business, whether it's a start-up or a major corporation-can use to create a climate of clearer thinking, improved communication, and greater creativity. His book is an instructive and inspiring text for anyone who makes decisions, in business or in life.

Why Our Gurus Recommend

Six Thinking Hats is a well-written, concise, and easy read packed with highly informative and useful problem solving techniques. The concept of ?thinking hats? is used as a mnemonic device for addressing a wide range of issues. The Gurus recommend reading this book with a group of people as the contents can be used to transition and focus conversation discussions. This book should be read by teams of business professionals looking to improve team chemistry and meeting effectiveness.