Book Review-Six Thinking Hats, Edward D Bono.
I recently read this book and quite liked it.
Here is the book review
I was amazed by the simplicity of Edward’s theory and the difference it could bring to our day to day life, though leveraging from the theory would require a lot of practice on our behalf. I was very happy reading about such a singular and channelized framework for thinking, though I was just getting the information about the same but somehow it felt right. My next task was to find out how I can practice it in my daily life what sort of exercises can be built in and around the concept. Here is what I came out with:
Every color has its own mantra or one word definition, every time you try to come out with an appropriate approach to start thinking about it! STOP
1. Go blank for some time and just imagine the color bands we use to see in good old days on Doordarshan when it used to go blank.
2. THINK of this jumbled word ‘Framework Facts Emotion Problems Opportunities Action Items’ (FFEPOA), I tried coming out with a word for this but could only come out with this “Filthy Freaks Espouse Problems for Others All the time”, ok I know it sucks but I just came out with it. You can come out with your version of definition.
Here each letter gives the mantra of each hat described in the book:
Framework- Blue Hat
Facts- White Hat
Emotion- Red Hat
Problems- Black Hat
Opportunities- Yellow Hat
Action Item- Green Hat
Once you are done with this exercise start thinking again, and you will notice how naturally you tend to start filtering your thoughts under various hats. Now consciously try to segregate them. The motive is to streamline the process and make it simpler and not always postpone it for better times or be miserable/impulsive/indecisive with whatever you decide to pursue. You don’t need to be an expert in any of the hats but you should know about all of them while you are consciously investing your time to think about a situation.
It’s a good/effective practice to indulge in sometimes. J