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Robust and clear ideas to take forward

Now that Covid-19 has challenged us to work and think, more creatively, it would be a shame to lose this new ability of approaching life with an innovative mindset.

Dr Edward de Bono’s ‘Lateral Thinking™’ gives the tools to come up with new, different ideas, fast… but what happens then? We’ve all been in the workshop where an ideas session generates 200 post-its, and it’s some poor soul’s job to type them up – and then what do we do?

Thinking in the same direction
That’s where Dr Edward de Bono’s ‘Six Thinking Hats®’ comes in. This world-renowned parallel thinking framework invites meeting participants, in person or virtual, to all think in the same direction at the same time – and so to direct their collective intelligence towards one outcome.

So, let’s take those 200 post-it notes
Maybe the answer to our latest business challenge is in there somewhere. How do we find it? Well:

  • some Red Hat thinking would ask us to make an instinctive decision on which ideas to examine first;
  • the group’s Yellow Hat thinking would confirm benefits;
  • Black Hat thinking would seek risks;
  • Green Hat would mitigate them… and;
  • using a sequence of Hats – until the ideas chosen to be taken forward are robust, clear and have consensus support.

Of course, this isn’t the only potential use of de Bono’s Six Thinking Hats®. Our clients tell us it helps them to:

  • run faster, more effective meetings;
  • reduce conflict;
  • engender cooperation;
  • make teams more creative;
  • and much, much more.

True collaboration, exceptional problem solving and creative excellence
If you’d like your teams to make a move towards true collaboration, exceptional problem solving and creative excellence, then…
Six Thinking Hats® helps you to assess and select the right idea, whilst reducing conflict and increasing collaboration.

  • Public workshops – online VILT (virtual instructor-led training) and face-to-face classroom. More…
  • In-house workshops – for groups and teams delivered online VILT (virtual instructor-led training) and face-to-face classroom at a time and place to suit you. More…

For the complete creativity workshop you can combine Six Thinking Hats® with Lateral Thinking™ to empower your people to challenge current thinking, solve problems and generate new, creative and different ideas. Find out more about:

  • Public workshops – online VILT (virtual instructor-led training) and face-to-face classroom. More…
  • In-house workshops – for groups and teams delivered online VILT (virtual instructor-led training) and face-to-face classroom at a time and place to suit you. More…

StepAbout Stephanie Butland

Stephanie Butland specialises in creativity, thinking skills, team development and communication.

Having worked with Indigo since 2004, Stephanie is a Master Trainer in Dr de Bono’s Six Thinking Hats®, Lateral Thinking™ and Focus On Facilitation™ techniques. She also delivers workshops in Think on Your Feet®, Writing Dynamics™ and The Skilled Presenter™ and is a Belbin accredited and CIPD qualified trainer.