Summary of Six Thinking Hats

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Six Thinking Hats book summary
How to deal with one concept at a time, even when you are thinking with a group.


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People of all ages and from every walk of life have used Edward de Bono’s “Thinking Hats method.” It provides a convenient, easy way to cut through confusion and process information clearly. De Bono’s “Six Hats” are visualization tools that help sidestep the ego, providing a path to nonjudgmental decision making. Each chapter in his book includes a detailed description of a different hat color and its applications. De Bono offers plenty of example dialogues to suggest how to use the hats in conversation. getAbstract recommends his approach to managers, teachers, group leaders or anyone involved in group decision making.

In this summary, you will learn

  • What your various modes of thinking are
  • How to simplify how you process information and solve problems
  • How to apply the “Thinking Hats method” on your own or in a group


How People Think
When striving to think clearly about a situation or a problem, human beings face two major challenges.

The first obstacle is their ego. A desire to get their way, antagonize someone or show others how smart they are may cloud their judgment.

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About the Author

Edward de Bono holds degrees in medicine and psychology. He was a Rhodes scholar at Oxford and has taught at Oxford, Cambridge, London and Harvard universities. He has written more than forty books, including Lateral Thinking, De Bono’s Thinking Course and Teach Your Child How to Think.

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    Julie Smith 4 years ago
    Worth treating yourself to the book if you are serious about giving this ago with your team
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    Tim Mawhinney 4 years ago
    Terrific book. Have used De Bono's methods for many years.
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    Abraham Rojas 4 years ago
    One of the best creativity book !!!

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