Friday, May 29, 2009

Edward de Bono Hats and Learning Styles

Edward de Bono's Hats and Learning Styles



“The Six Thinking Hats” is a concept made famous by Edward de Bono. It’s a brainstorming technique used for investigating different perspectives towards a complex situation.


To put it simply, every participant in the brainstorming meeting is asked to put on a hat of a certain colour (literally or figuratively) and to think only about the implications of that hat. For example, if you’re wearing the White Hat (which stands for fact and information), you are only allowed to think and talk about the factual aspects of the problem you’re exploring. No emotions should enter your argument until you put on the Red Hat.


Edward de Bono also invented “The Six Action Shoes” to label business actions, as well as “The Six Value Medals” to appraise a project’s value.


Sounds like fun? Then you’re probably more of a global than sequential thinker, and you most likely enjoy change and variety.


Sounds a bit silly? If that’s the case, chances are good that your thinking processes are more analytic than holistic.


It all depends on your learning style, in other words, on the unique set of preferences and non-preferences that determines the way in which you concentrate and work at your very best.


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