The Six Hats of Creative
The purpose of this article is to discuss and demonstrate the use of De Bono's Six Hats Method as a powerful and creative approach for communication. Design your communication efforts (speeches, meetings, dialogs, posters, ads, etc.) according to this model and get your message through in an original yet clear and effective way.
The article itself uses the same approach and is built on the same model of the Six Hats of Communication.
Short Red Hat First - Excitement
I am really excited about writing this article.
I feel I came up with this great idea about its structure.
I can't wait to see how it turns out in the end.
Blue Hat - The structure of this article
I will first describe the structure of this article so that you may better understand how its different sections construct a complementing whole.
The following section (white hat) details some necessary information on De Bono's Six Thinking Hats method. The next section (yellow hat) explains why it is a good way for creative communication. Then there is a section (black hat) on the dangers of using this method. Some creative examples for the use of the Six Hats of Creative Communication are listed on the green hat section, followed by a summary (blue hat) and a final emotional-personal comment (red hat).
The Six Thinking Hats is a method devised by Edward De Bono and meant to improve the results of thinking and discussion. It may be used either by oneself or in a group. De Bono claims that by separating six different types of thinking we can make our thinking clearer and more thorough. We should "wear" each hat in turn, and analyze the issue at hand from six different aspects separately. In a group setting, the entire group is encouraged to use just one hat at a time, thus contributing to an organized and comprehensive discussion, rather than a confused and mixed-up argument. Each hat is marked with a different color and represents the following type of thinking:
As I mentioned above, the De Bono's Six Hats represent six very different ways of thinking. By using this model you will be able to easily find several ways for getting a message through. It should save you time in thinking about the ideas, and give you a clear methodology for producing new ideas whenever you need them.
Another advantage for using the Six Hat of Creative Communication model is based on the fact that different people are influenced by different kinds of communication - some are deeply affected by emotion, while others are more susceptive to logical reasoning, and a third group might need a fair amount of objective information in order to make their own judgment. If you come up with creative communication ideas covering all types of thinking, you will be able to choose that best fit your audience, or even to use all types of thinking to ensure that anyone can find what they are looking for in your message.
From my personal experience I can testify that the systematic use of the Six Thinking Hats method broadens one's creative scope and has certainly trained myself into looking for other ways for solving and achieving things. Thus, you gain not only creative ideas for the specific need, but also enhance your general thinking ability.
Black Hat - things to look out for
Not all ideas are suitable for the Six Hats method of Creative Communication. The six hats method is a way for making a comprehensive analysis of a subject. Thus, it may not be suitable for issues that are not important enough or too basic. If you insist on using it too often, your audience might get tired of the lengthy discussion of a matter which could be explained in a much simpler manner.
A different concern is the fact that the separation of thinking suggested by the six hats method is not the natural way humans think, or at least - not the common way we are taught or trained to think. This entails that constant effort is required if you wish to endorse and encourage this kind of creative thinking by yourself or in your group.
Also - it might be claimed that for certain occasions it is actually better to emphasize just one way of thinking and not "confuse" the audience with all the complexities and truths of the situation.
Green Hat - Creative Examples
Here are a few ideas and examples for using the Six Hats for Creative Communication:
Blue Hat - Summing up and making decisions
The Six Hats of Creative Communication can be used as a powerful creative tool. It takes practice to use it well, but once you get the hang of it, it should become more natural and useful.
Here are a few decisions you can make right now that are related to the method described in this article:
Final Red Hat remark
I feel good about this article.
I hope people will like it.
I wish I can develop this model further.
Have a great and creative day!!!
Amir Elion is a management and innovation consultant and facilitator, as well as an experienced organizational training practitioner. He was a part of a group that developed a unique method for training diverse skills through the use of board games. Amir has a Bachelors degree in Philosophy and General Studies and a Masters Degree in Organizational Behavior. His Practical Creative Ideas Website (www.best100ideas.com) is dedicated to providing creative ideas for business, workplace and personal uses.
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