Critical Thinking & Problem Solving
What’s your instinctive approach to decision making? If you’re naturally optimistic, then chances are you don’t always consider the potential downsides to a decision. Similarly, if you’re very cautious, you might not focus on opportunities that could open up.
Whatever your gut tells you, the best decisions usually come after you’ve explored several ways of viewing a problem.
However, it’s easy to feel confused if you try to consider multiple angles at once. And things can get even more complicated if your whole team weighs in with different points of view.
“Six Thinking Hats” is a way of investigating an issue from a variety of perspectives, but in a clear, conflict-free way. It can be used by individuals or groups to move outside habitual ways of thinking, try out different approaches, and then think constructively about how to move forward.