“A hat is not just a hat. A hat is an expression of a woman’s soul.” Lily Doche
In the book, “Six Thinking Hats,” Edward De Bono reveals the distinct areas of thought that compile how we sort through information, use filters and inevitably make decisions in our business and personal life. The six thinking hats propose a framework that provides clarity of thought, concise and constructive communication, and enables ‘out of box’ thinking and creativity.
The White Hat is concerned with facts and figures; the Red Hat offers an emotional viewpoint and perspective; and the Black Hat delivers what if scenarios and drives careful introspection of next steps.
The remaining hats – Yellow, Green and Blue round out the various perspectives we may consider during any problem-solving session and examination of how to progress. Yellow suggests positivity and the brightness of a chosen path. The Green Hat signifies creativity and drives imaginative ideas, while the Blue Hat advances organization and structure.
This time of chaos, confusion, and erratic fear transports us into a new realm – a way of being more conscious of our thoughts and ideas and vigorous in our actions. While considering how we can harness the current environment of change and energy for the good of our lives, our companies, and our communities; let’s put on and ponder the distinct hats as a backdrop for reflection and investment of time before ACTION!
Whatever HATS we choose to don, it is a soulful and pivotal time to contemplate our roles as leaders in our families, our communities, our businesses and the world. Contact me to start the conversation regarding what hats you wear as a leader. Start your leadership journey NOW! firstname.lastname@example.org
Karen Haley Allen, M.A., is an international leadership coach and retreat facilitator. A former leadership and global business instructor at UC Berkeley, Dominican University and ITU, she founded HALEY ALLEN ASSOCIATES – “Our mission is to challenge and empower leaders and their teams to align their deepest values with business results.”