Six Ways to Improve your Problem Solving
Every day we are faced with making decisions; some are easy and quick and others are difficult and time-consuming. For those decisions that require deep thinking, it’s helpful to use a simple systematic methodology that not only saves time, but also ensures you have thoroughly examined the situation. I first learned Edward DeBono’s powerfully simple tool the “Six Thinking Hats” in 2000 and share it with others as a critical thinking method.
- Yellow Hat: Listing the benefits, pros, and good reasons to support ideas and actions
- Green Hat: Brainstorming ideas, creating alternatives, and thinking “outside the box”
- Red Hat: Listening to and expressing your intuition, feelings, and what your gut says
- Blue Hat: Summarizing, organizing, and facilitating the thinking styles and outcome
- Black Hat: Pointing out risks, cons, and concerns to apply cautious thinking
- White Hat: Understanding data, facts, and figures in a neutral and objective manner