Jul 07

I have been doing a lot of reading this summer, however one book directly applies to our topic of thinking together. This approach comes from a different angle.

Six Thinking Hats: by Edward De Bono; 173pages – I read a chapter per workout on the stairmaster -seemed to work out just fine.

De Bono resets the way meetings function to communicate information, brainstorm and create new ideas. It has been nearly 15 years since it was first published. The revised edition brings in real world examples of this work with phenomenal success. Using this method he shows how what would have been a frustrating four hour meeting can be reduced to 45 minutes with impact and intention.

Part of the reason meetings take so long and don’t seem to go anywhere is because of all the private agendas and cross purposes. De Bono’s method focuses the groups thoughts and conversation in specific direction. You play a role. For example when you wearing (figuratively or metaphorically) the yellow hat in a meeting all comments are to be of a positive, constructive nature. All doubts, devil’s advocate statements are reserved for when the group shifts to black hat thinking.

Everyone in the group participates from the thinking perspective of the hat on the table. This focusing of intention allows the ideas to not get blocked by extraneous thought agendas.

I have effectively combined conversaton circle and Six Thinking Hat principles to lead board meetings, R&D teams as well as regular teams.  It is an incredibley efficient use of energy, resources, and time.

If you are interested in experimenting with it or have experience using it, please contact me and lets grow together.

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