The “Six Hats” Technique

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Looking for activities related to unlocking creative blocks, I found the following activity. The “six hats” technique, it is a useful tool in looking at a situation or problem from six differing perspectives, by doing this you can work through the issue with a more in depth approach then you would if you were confronting it from one or two perspectives.

Red Hat: Look at the situation with you emotions. What do your feelings tell you?

White Hat: Look at the situation objectively. What are the facts?

Yellow Hat: Use a positive-optimistic standpoint. Which components of the solution seem feasible?

Black Hat: Use a negative-pessimistic approach. Which parts of the solution would not work?

Green Hat: Think creatively. What are some alternative ideas?

Blue Hat: Think broadly. What is the best overall solution?

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