The Six Thinking Hats Training & Facilitation

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Thinking is the ultimate human resource but how much effort do we put into developing it, nurturing it and using it to its fullest potential?

People, communities and organisations are seeking improvement and quality in most areas except in the most important of areas – the quality of our thinking. If we can improve the quality of our thinking, the actions that follow that thinking will also improve.

It is often assumed that intelligence goes hand in hand with thinking. Often however, intelligent people are in danger of becoming poor thinkers. This is what is known as the intelligence trap. That is, they use their intelligence to entrench themselves in support of one point of view. Even though you have a great sports car you may be a poor driver. Similarly those with excellent minds may use them inadequately.

The Six Thinking Hats is a thinking technique used to look at things from a number of different perspectives. It forces us to move outside our habitual thinking style and develop a more rounded view of a given situation. The Hats promote fuller input from more people and significantly reduce argument from those with divergent points of view. With this adversarial approach removed the amount of time taken to conduct a meeting can be significantly reduced. People can contribute under any Hat even though they initially support the opposite view. The Six Hats encourage co-operation, exploration and innovation by getting everyone thinking in parallel.

The methods can be effectively applied individually to improve one’s own thinking and in any community or organisational setting in which getting the most out of the collective intelligence of your people is paramount.

“Think Quick” can train your people in these thinking methods to significantly enhance your capacity to:

  • Make better decisions and improve problem solving
  • Improve team productivity & Communication
  • Share and collaborate more freely
  • Generate new and creative ideas
  • Run focused, outcome oriented and shorter meetings, and
  • Empower your people with a thinking toolset that adds value not only in the workplace, but in private life.

Alternatively, if you have that important meeting coming up where you simply must capitalise on the knowledge of your participants, Think Quick can facilitate such a session whether it be with 5 or 500 people.

For more information contact Frank on 0400 109727 or at think.quick@me.com

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About the Author

Frank Connolly is the Principal of “Think Quick”, a business that adds value through thinking differently. His work history covers all sectors and includes initiatives that have yielded bottom line benefit in the 10’s of millions of dollars.

Current clients range from Exxon-Mobil to Government Depts within Australia to Global NGO’s.

Much of his working life has been split between Australia, the South Pacific and Asia where he has trained and facilitated Lateral Thinking techniques, and been acknowledged by Edward de Bono as one of the foremost practitioners of the de Bono thinking methods worldwide.

Frank believes strongly that if we can improve the way we think, the actions that follow also improve.

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