I research a lot to find the answer to the question; How do you use 6 thinking hats in your daily lives? Below, I summarized it;
Find the point of discussion. Start with the hat that suits you most. Choose your hat according to the requirement of your decision type or situation. Shift from one hat to another. Never left any hat. Shuffle your hats arrangement for a better or different approach.
6 Thinking hats are about to use all six powerful perceptions. It saves your time with the best insights to choose from in the given situation.
I use 6 Hats to take various decisions in my life. Its purpose is to take all your inner perspective focus at one point. It varies from person or situation to decide the period for decision making.
I make my decisions within 10minutes. On the other hand, it takes about 1 or 2 Days to scrutinize each aspect of the problem.
How to put 6 Thinking hats in action:
Edward de Bono in his book explains the best way to use the hat system. Start with a blue hat that raised the overview and alternative question inside your mind. Read A Thousand Splendid Suns book lessons.
The question of starting the blue hat includes: Why should I think about it?
- What do I want to achieve?
- What’s the alternative that can come?
- What sequence should I follow about hats?
The Red hat usage may help to explore your feeling at first. You can use a red hat to explore your emotions about a subject.
The usage of a yellow hat before a black hat makes sense. Yellow hats provide you with hidden opportunities about the situation. If we put a black hat before a yellow hat, there is no reason to think more. A black hat shows you too many difficulties that further proceeding of the thinking process seems meaningless. It’s better to see opportunities first before diving into the problems.
You can end up your thinking process again with a blue thinking hat. It sums up your conclusions, solutions and next moves.
6 Hats technique for group discussion:
You can save time, energy and effort for your team with this technique.
Ask your team members about giving a red hat suggestion. Collect all their answers about a red hat and drive a red hat based summation. Likewise, you can do it for all Hats and solve a problem through all means.
Combination of hats for better implementation:
Hats can use in combinations. Debono suggests a suitable combination that yields some results are:
- White and Red hats combination,
- Yellow and Black hats combination or
- Green and Blue hats combination.
You need the training to wear a hat.
It’s not simple to put hats with ease after taking knowledge. We need to do practice and observe our moods before putting on any hat.
Conflicts in six hats thinking:
De Bono makes it clear that conflicts can occur under various conclusions of hats. How do we solve the conflict in the thinking process? It’s best to choose a hat that has more worth or scope down the road. When every hats decision seems useless to follow, the red hat dominates automatically. Humans choose the decisions that fulfil their feelings.
My Experience with 6 Hat Thinking in daily life:
Below, I mention How we can apply 6 thinking hats in our daily lives.
Timetable creation and management are crucial for successful goal achievement. I use thinking hats for fast timetable creation.
Timetable creation Hats patterns:
I start from a blue hat. It includes all the ways to manage my time.
Second, I used a white hat. It gives all the available things or facts. Like, Project type or Available days.
3rd, I used a Green hat. It presents the possible ideas to perceive work.
4th, I used a yellow hat. It gives me an optimistic view to perform the green hat generated idea.
5th, I used the black hat. It highlights the logical aspects associated with my timetable’s drawbacks or benefits.
6th, I used the red hat. It includes all the emotional feelings associated with my timeable proceeding, achieving or failing.
For long term goals:
6 Thinking hats give a practical approach for long term goal planning and achievement. I use it again before any change in my long term goal achievement.
Long Term Goal; Become a successful content Marketer by 2027.
Long term goals Hats pattern:
Below, I give you the pattern that assists me in developing or managing my long term goal.
I used a Blue hat first. It gives me awareness about managing the value of long term goals. How to manage long term goals become possible for me?
Second, I used a white hat. It gives me awareness about available facts to start managing. What are the conditions to manage my long term goal?
3rd, I used a Green hat. It generates all possible ideas that can proceed with my long term goals. It includes the current idea. I update my long term goal time with new ideas. What’s the best way to proceed with my long term goals daily?
4th, I used a Yellow hat. It gives me an optimistic approach to proceed with my ideas. How to maximize my long term goal achievement ideas practically in routine?
5th, I used a Black hat. It highlights the logical aspect of dangers. It calculates the possible threats that appear in my long term goal achievement. What if my daily progress misguides me from achieving the long term goal?
Finally, I used Red hat. It exposes my feeling about achieving the long term goal daily. What’s my feeling about daily proceed towards my long term goal?
Urgent problem solution:
The feeling appears in the state of an urgent problem. I feel bad about not achieving resolving the Problem at first.
At first, I used Blue hats. It allows me to see the event without overwhelming through motions. It minimizes my doubts and proceeds towards action.
Urgent problem solution hats pattern:
- 1st is a Blue hat. How to manage the urgent problem as fast?
- 2nd is a White hat. What’re possible facts to resolve it?
- 3rd is a Black hat. What if not resolving the urgent problem?
- 4th is a Green hat. What’re your ideas to resolve an urgent problem?
- 5th is a Yellow hat. How to implement green hat ideas effectively?
- 6th is a Red hat. What’s my feeling about the best possible urgent solution?