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Six thinking hats

Author: Edward De Bono
Publisher: Boston : Little, Brown, ©1985.
Edition/Format:   Print book : English : 1st U.S. edView all editions and formats
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"Thinking often proceeds as drift and waffle and reaction," writes de Bono. In this book, he presents a way to become a better thinker. He separates thinking into six distinct modes, identified with six colored "thinking hats": White: facts, figures, and objective information; Red: emotions and feelings; Black: logical negative thoughts; Yellow: positive constructive thoughts; Green: creativity and new ideas; and  Read more...
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Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Edward De Bono
ISBN: 9780316177917 0316177911
OCLC Number: 13316763
Description: 207 pages : color illustrations ; 23 cm
Contents: Playacting: If you playact being a thinker, you will become one --
Putting on a hat: A very deliberate process --
Intention and performance --
Role-playing: An ego holiday --
Melancholy and other fluids --
The purpose of six hat thinking --
Six hats, six colors --
The white hat: Facts and figures --
White hat thinking: Whose fact is it? --
White hat thinking: Japanese-style input --
White hat thinking: Facts, truth and philosophers --
White hat thinking: Who puts on the hat? --
Summary of white hat thinking --
The red hat: Emotions and feelings --
Red hat thinking: The place of emotions in thinking --
Red hat thinking: Intuition and hunches --
Red hat thinking Moment to moment --
Red hat thinking: The use of emotions --
Red hat thinking: The language of emotions --
Summary of red hat thinking --
The black hat: What is wrong with it --
Black hat thinking: Substance and method --
Black hat thinking: Past and future substance --
Black hat thinking: Negative indulgence --
Black hat thinking: Negative or positive first? --
Summary of black hat thinking --
The yellow hat: Speculative-positive --
Yellow hat thinking: The positive spectrum --
Yellow hat thinking: Reasons and logical support --
Yellow hat thinking: Constructive thinking --
Yellow hat thinking: Speculation --
Yellow hat thinking: Relation to creativity --
Summary of yellow hat thinking --
The green hat: Creative and lateral thinking --
Green hat thinking: Lateral thinking --
Green hat thinking: Movement instead of judgment --
Green hat thinking: The need for provocation --
Green hat thinking: Alternatives --
Green hat thinking: Personality and skill --
Green hat thinking: What happens to the ideas? --
Summary of green hat thinking --
The blue hat: Control of thinking --
Blue hat thinking: Focus --
Blue hat thinking: Program design --
Blue hat thinking: Summaries and conclusions --
Blue hat thinking: Control and monitoring --
Summary of blue hat thinking --
Summaries: The six thinking hats method.
Responsibility: Edward de Bono.

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"Thinking often proceeds as drift and waffle and reaction," writes de Bono. In this book, he presents a way to become a better thinker. He separates thinking into six distinct modes, identified with six colored "thinking hats": White: facts, figures, and objective information; Red: emotions and feelings; Black: logical negative thoughts; Yellow: positive constructive thoughts; Green: creativity and new ideas; and Blue: control of the other hats and thinking steps. "Putting on" a hat focuses thinking; "switching" hats redirects thinking. With the different parts of the thinking process defined, discussions can be better focused and more productive. Using real-life situations as examples, de Bono creates scenarios that show how the effective use of "thinking hats" can: focus thinking more clearly; lead to more creative thinking; and improve communication and thus decision-making.

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