Do you have experience with “Six thinking hats” ?

A couple of weeks ago I ran across a reference to this discussion-brainstorming-problem solving technique in Ken Robinson’s book on book cover, six thinking hatscreativity. I didn’t know anything about it and did some research then ended up buying de Bono’s book which I’m about to finish.

The technique isn’t new and has apparently be used with a lot of success. It looks like it got a lot of press a few years ago, especially in the UK.

I’m intrigued by the ideas and the technique but also a little hesitant to dive in. I’d love to hear some comments from folks who have actually implemented it in small or large ways. A couple of specific questions:

  • How did you introduce the technique to your organization?
  • How much training did you do and/or afterward thought was needed before using it?
  • What kind of group sessions did you use it for?
  • How did you get the group past the feeling of artificiality or maybe silliness involved?
  • If you’ve stopped using it, why?
  • If you did it over, what would you do different?

But you needn’t limit your comments to those questions. Any advice welcome!


About Dick Knisely

Science-guy, engineer, father, grandfather, husband -- yeah, I'm all of those things. I author this blog to share things I care about and you might care about, too. I hope you do and that you'll join in to share things you care about.
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