Six Thinking Hats

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Identification
Alternative names: 
Parallel Thinking; Six Hats
Level of process: 
Application
Method
Intervention
Intent or purpose: 
To facilitate problem-solving, decision-making, ideation, creativity, meeting management; to organize thinking, boost productivity, eliminate argument and debate through use of specific thinking tools.
Used as component of: 
Developing more robust thinking.
Types of Participants: 
Universally applicable at all organizational levels, across cultures (used in Africa, Latin America, Middle East, Southeast Asia, Southwest Asia, Far East, North America).
Recommended size of group: 
25
Optimal amount of time needed: 
8 hours
Howto
Usual or Expected Outcomes: 
Participant acquisition and ability to use thinking as a fundamental tool, applicable to a very wide variety of situations and circumstances.
Level of participation: 
Very high level of participation.
Ideal Conditions: 
Classroom
Potential Pitfalls: 
None (so far).
How is success evaluated: 
Through classroom practice with thinking and creativity tools, participant dialogue, participant definition of how/when/where/why Six Hats can be used, at work and in personal life, through written evaluations.
Examples of successes and failures: 
Carrillo y Asociados (Guatemala City), County of San Bernardino, CA., Los Angeles Redevelopment Authority, Anacocha Mine (Peru). No failures.
Level of Difficulty to Facilitate: 
Specialized skills required
Setting and Materials: 
Workbooks, Power Point presentation, small group and large group discussion, individual work, case study.
Resources Needed: 
Workbook
Pre-Work Required: 
Short pre-reading on the nature of Parallel Thinking.
How flexible is the process?: 
Extremely flexible!
Background
Developer: 
Edward deBono, M.D., Ph.D
History of Development: 

Developed in early 1980's

References: 
Available upon request from Teamworks.
License Model: 
Licensed
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Creators: 
Trainers: 
Consultants: 
Namesort descending City Country
Helen J. Wythe & Associates Winnipeg Canada
Optimancy Auckland New Zealand
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