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<ul><li> 1. Gary Dichtenberg CyberSkills, Inc. Creative Problem Solving with Six Thinking Hats How to use Edward deBonos parallel thinking in problem solving </li> <li> 2. Paul Reali CyberSkills, Inc. Goals of this program Define parallel thinking Identify each of the six hats Learn how to ask a good question Apply six hats method to problem solving </li> <li> 3. Paul Reali CyberSkills, Inc. What is parallel thinking? At any moment everyone is looking in the same direction. </li> <li> 4. Paul Reali CyberSkills, Inc. So the six hats are? Six colors of hats for six types of thinking Each hat identifies a type of thinking Hats are directions of thinking Hats help a group use parallel thinking You can put on and take off a hat </li> <li> 5. Paul Reali CyberSkills, Inc. Uses for Six Hats Problem solving Strategic planning Running meetings Much more </li> <li> 6. Paul Reali CyberSkills, Inc. Six colors White: neutral, objective Red: emotional, angry Black: serious, somber Yellow: sunny, positive Green: growth, fertility Blue: cool, sky above </li> <li> 7. Paul Reali CyberSkills, Inc. and six hats White: objective facts &amp; figures Red: emotions &amp; feelings Black: cautious &amp; careful Yellow: hope, positive &amp; speculative Green: creativity, ideas &amp; lateral thinking Blue: control &amp; organization of thinking </li> <li> 8. Paul Reali CyberSkills, Inc. General hat issues Direction, not description Set out to think in a certain direction Lets have some black hat thinking Not categories of people Not: Hes a black hat thinker. Everyone can and should use all the hats A constructive form of showing off Show off by being a better thinker Not destructive right vs. wrong argument Use in whole or in part </li> <li> 9. Paul Reali CyberSkills, Inc. Benefits of Six Thinking Hats Provides a common language Experience &amp; intelligence of each person (Diversity of thought) Use more of our brains Helps people work against type, preference Removal of ego (reduce confrontation) Save time Focus (one thing at a time) Create, evaluate &amp; implement action plans </li> <li> 10. Paul Reali CyberSkills, Inc. Using the hats Use any hat, as often as needed Sequence can be preset or evolving Not necessary to use every hat Time under each hat: generally, short Requires discipline from each person While using it, stay in the idiom Adds an element of play, play along Can be used by individuals and groups </li> <li> 11. Paul Reali CyberSkills, Inc. The blue hat Thinking about thinking Instructions for thinking The organization of thinking Control of the other hats Discipline and focus </li> <li> 12. Paul Reali CyberSkills, Inc. The blue hat role Control of thinking &amp; the process Begin &amp; end session with blue hat Facilitator, session leaders role Choreography open, sequence, close Focus: what should we be thinking about Asking the right questions Defining &amp; clarifying the problem Setting the thinking tasks </li> <li> 13. Paul Reali CyberSkills, Inc. Open with the blue hat Why we are here what we are thinking about definition of the situation or problem alternative definitions what we want to achieve where we want to end up the background to the thinking a plan for the sequence of hats </li> <li> 14. Paul Reali CyberSkills, Inc. and close with the blue hat What we have achieved Outcome Conclusion Design Solution Next steps </li> <li> 15. Paul Reali CyberSkills, Inc. White Hat Thinking Neutral, objective information Facts &amp; figures Questions: what do we know, what dont we know, what do we need to know Excludes opinions, hunches, judgements Removes feelings &amp; impressions Two tiers of facts Believed Facts Checked Facts </li> <li> 16. Paul Reali CyberSkills, Inc. Red Hat Thinking Emotions &amp; feelings Hunches, intuitions, impressions Doesnt have to be logical or consistent No justifications, reasons or basis All decisions are emotional in the end </li> <li> 17. Paul Reali CyberSkills, Inc. Yellow Hat Thinking Positive &amp; speculative Positive thinking, optimism, opportunity Benefits Best-case scenarios Exploration </li> <li> 18. Paul Reali CyberSkills, Inc. Green Hat Thinking New ideas, concepts, perceptions Deliberate creation of new ideas Alternatives and more alternatives New approaches to problems Creative &amp; lateral thinking </li> <li> 19. Paul Reali CyberSkills, Inc. Black Hat Thinking Cautious and careful Logical negative why it wont work Critical judgement, pessimistic view Separates logical negative from emotional Focus on errors, evidence, conclusions Logical &amp; truthful, but not necessarily fair </li> <li> 20. Paul Reali CyberSkills, Inc. Six hats summary Blue: control &amp; organization of thinking White: objective facts &amp; figures Red: emotions &amp; feelings Yellow: hope, positive &amp; speculative Green: creativity, ideas &amp; lateral thinking Black: cautious &amp; careful </li> <li> 21. Paul Reali CyberSkills, Inc. Asking the right question We cant get the right answer if we ask the wrong question Crucial blue hat skill One technique: five whys </li> <li> 22. Creative Problem Solving Paul Reali CyberSkills, Inc. </li> <li> 23. Paul Reali CyberSkills, Inc. Traditional CPS Mess-finding Data-finding Problem-finding Idea-finding Solution-finding Acceptance-finding </li> <li> 24. Paul Reali CyberSkills, Inc. Common idea-finding methods Brainstorming Mind Maps Free association Freewriting Incubation </li> <li> 25. Paul Reali CyberSkills, Inc. Six hats &amp; problem solving A more deliberate process than CPS Like CPS, uses creativity (green hat) Unlike CPS, provides a mechanism for evaluating ideas &amp; making decisions </li> <li> 26. Paul Reali CyberSkills, Inc. Hypothetical problem solving program using the hats - 1 Blue hat Organize the process Red hat Emotional issues &amp; feelings White hat What do we know, need to know Yellow hat Proposals &amp; suggestions; what ifs, why nots </li> <li> 27. Paul Reali CyberSkills, Inc. Blue hat Focus on the areas that need new ideas Green hat Generate new ideas &amp; concepts Blue hat Organize ideas &amp; process for evaluation White, yellow &amp; green hats Constructive thinking Hypothetical problem solving program using the hats - 2 </li> <li> 28. Paul Reali CyberSkills, Inc. Yellow hat Positive assessment of viable alternatives Black hat Screening for impossible, unusable Challenge the alternatives Yellow &amp; green hats Overcome objections, correct faults, remove weaknesses, solve problems Black hat Further scrutiny; point out risks, dangers Hypothetical problem solving program using the hats - 3 </li> <li> 29. Paul Reali CyberSkills, Inc. Blue hat Overview of achievements so far Organize choice of route Red hat Express feelings about the choices Yellow &amp; black hats Looking for the best alternative Blue hat Strategy for implementation Hypothetical problem solving program using the hats - 4 </li> <li> 30. Paul Reali CyberSkills, Inc. Want to learn more? Workshops by Paul Reali CyberSkills, Inc. 336.774.1411 www.cyberskills.com or www.omniskills.com preali@cyberskills.com Lateral Thinking, deBonos Thinking Course, and other books by Edward deBono </li> </ul>

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