A training course for: Meeting management and facilitation Team productivity and communication Creativity Problem solving and decision making
Dr Edward de Bono's 'Six Thinking Hats' will provide the skill and tools that can be applied immediately. It is a simple and effective system that increases productivity. The principle behind the 'Six Thinking Hats' is parallel thinking which ensures that all the people in a meeting are focused on and thinking about the same subject at the same time.
In this system thinking is divided into six categories with each category identified with its own coloured metaphorical 'thinking hat'. By becoming pre-sensitised to each of the 'hats' one can easily focus and re-direct thoughts, conversation, meetings or reports. In team environments the difference between brilliant and mediocre teams lies not so much in their collective thought but in how well they use them and how well members work together.
Organisations that use the 'Six Thinking Hats' system report that their teams are more productive and in general "happier and healthier".
It is a fact that meeting productivity depends not so much on who attends but in how well the facilitator runs the meeting. Invariably times for meetings using this system have been reduced by at least 40%.
The Six Hats:
The White Hat: calls for information known or needed. "The facts, just the facts." The Yellow Hat: symbolises brightness and optimism. You can explore the positives and probe for value and benefit The Black Hat: signifies caution and critical thinking - do not overuse! Why something may not work The Red Hat: signifies feelings, hunches and intuition - the place where emotions are placed without explanation The Green Hat: focuses on creativity, possibilities, alternatives and new ideas. It is an opportunity to express new concepts and new perceptions - lateral thinking could be used here The Blue Hat: is used to manage the thinking process. It ensures that the 'Six Thinking Hats' guidelines are observed.
Lead shorter and more productive meetings Reduce conflict Look at decisions and problems systematically Achieve results Generate more and better ideas Think clearly Improve team results Solve problems, innovate and create.
Teams and Individuals learn "How to":
Adopt a deliberate thinking process for solving problems and finding opportunities Reduce adversarial interactions between team members Stimulate innovating by focusing creative energy Foster collaborative thinking (not necessarily agreement) from everyone in the group Create dynamic and positive meetings that make people want to participate Spot opportunities where others see problems See beyond the obvious View problems from new and unusual angles See all sides of a situation Keep egos and 'turf protection' in check Save time. Isolate the types of thinking - negatives, positives etc Identify information that is missing or needed Spot dangers and potential problems and ways to overcome and avoid them
Cavendish Training and Peter de Bono can deliver.
The Course can be completed within a single day but this leaves virtually no time for practice and would almost invariably mean calling in an experienced facilitator for meetings. Peter de Bono prefers a two day session - see 'Cognitive Empowerment'.