SIX THINKING HATS WORKSHOP

 

A ONE OR TWO DAY WORKSHOP CREATED BY EDWARD DE BONO

 

A surprisingly simple and proven technique that provides everyone with the enthusiasm, creativity and courage to make every meeting, every discussion, every decision come alive with new ideas..

learn how to increase the constructive output from meetings and decrease meeting times

learn how to explore each situation or problem and generate alternatives that go beyond obvious solutions

learn how to use 'Parallel Thinking' techniques as a powerful alternative to Adversarial Thinking

 

'a day really well spent - I wish I had this training 30 years ago.......'    'Excellent programme. A simple concept which can realistically be taken back to the office.......'      'Very professionally run - very entertaining - lots of fun and laughter helped to embed the concepts and learning......'

 

ABOUT SIX THINKING HATS

People are seeking quality everywhere except in the most important area - the quality of thinking. We need better thinking methods in order to make full use of our available intelligence and experience.

As organisations reduce the number of people employed, they need to get the maximum benefit from those remaining, including the maximum output from their thinking.

Current thinking is dominated by adversarial thinking. The mode of discussion revolves around argument, the purpose being to defeat your opponent and by doing so discover the truth. Adversarial thinking serves a purpose. However, it is not the only way of thinking and in some circumstances it has limitations. Six Thinking Hats offers a practical alternative. It encourages co-operation, exploration and innovation.

It is often assumed that intelligence goes hand in hand with thinking. In fact, very intelligent people are in danger of becoming poor thinkers. This is because they fall into the intelligence trap. That is, they use their intelligence to entrench themselves in support of one point of view. Even though you have a fantastic sports car you may be a poor driver. Similarly those with excellent minds may use them inadequately. Thinking and driving are skills that can be taught and improved upon.

The Six Thinking Hats Workshop is a powerful one day 'hands-on' workshop structured to help business executives break out of their 'thinking ruts' using techniques found in Dr Edward de Bono's landmark book, "Six Thinking Hats

WHAT WILL YOU LEARN

Participants will learn to use different approaches to business problems. They will explore all aspects of each situation and generate alternatives that go far beyond obvious solutions.

The process encourages your people to separate fact from opinion, to look fully at both positive and negative opinions and to get hidden agendas that can sabotage any meeting on the table. It stimulates their innate creativity and helps them discover how to turn seemingly insoluble problems into real opportunities. 

WHO SHOULD ATTEND

This workshop is designed for business people at all levels who conduct and participate in business discussions and meetings, and whose input is required for problem solving and decision making. It will be particularly beneficial to individual contributors and teams working in highly competitive environments

PROVEN SIMPLE POWER

The Six Thinking Hats is extremely simple and powerful. This powerful simplicity, together with the practical nature of the method, has led to its adoption by major corporations, among them IBM, NTT, Bell Canada, Federal Express, Eli Lilly, BA, BAA and Rockwell International

WORKSHOP CONTENT

The nature of thinking   -   Why we need to change out thinking behaviour   -   Argument and critical thinking   -  Why argument is inadequate   -   Five practical reasons for employing Six Hat Thinking within your organisation   -  Meeting dynamics - what's really going on?  -  How to uncover 'hidden agendas' that can torpedo any meeting or discussion  -  Why very little new thinking is accomplished at meetings   -   Introducing the Six Thinking Hats  -   An in-depth look at each hat - colours, symbols and flavours  -   Tools and techniques for using each hat  -   Occasional use of Six Hats  -   Systematic use of Six Hats  -   A universal framework for structuring the meeting and focusing thinking  -   How to turn disagreements into positive contributions   -  Techniques for opportunity thinking   -  Programming the meeting for a successful outcome  -   Creating the action plan  -  Six Thinking Hats Exercises  

The day will include a mix of teaching and practical exercises. The aim being for you to leave the seminar with skills which you have practised and can apply immediately on return to your workplace

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