Six Thinking Hats® – Notes for Managers, Coaches and Mentors of Participants

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To get the most out of the course, delegates will need to be supported as they start to think and work differently. This page will help managers, coaches and mentors to provide that support.

Here you will find:

  • Information about the course
  • What to expect after someone has attended the course
  • Suggestions to help you perform a useful review with the course participant

The Course

People will learn how to:

  • Revolutionise group problem-solving, save time and reach decisions quickly.
  • Become more objective when evaluating ideas.
  • Bring positive change to an organisation in a simple way.
  • Expand thinking.
  • Facilitate productive and effective meetings.

We run this course as a one day workshop. Here are the key aspects covered:

Six Thinking Hats
We introduce the theory behind the Six Thinking Hats concept.

Uses of the Hats
Delegates will learn to understand the principles of each hat and their use both individually and in group exercises. They will learn how to sense which hat or sequence to use to move thinking forward.

Whilst on the course there will be plenty of exercises and opportunities to practise using real examples; facilitate one or more meetings on the delegates chosen subject.

Generate Ideas
They will also learn how to more effectively generate new ideas, assess risk and benefits.

Action Planning
At the end of the course delegates are encouraged to think about how they are going to use what they have learnt. We emphasise that it is up to them to put the techniques and perspectives covered into good use.

What to expect after someone has attended the course

Everyone attends the course for slightly different reasons but they will all have opportunities to use what they learn. Delegates are usually very keen to put their new skills into practice. A little well-directed support and encouragement by manager, coach or mentor can make a big difference. We hope the following notes will help you give that support:

What to expectWhat you can do 
The delegates will use the Six Thinking Hats approach after the course.Arrange a small session for them to run/apply the Six Hats. This could be as part of a team meeting or a 1:1. Allowing 10-15mins will be more than sufficient. They will need enough notice in order to plan the session using their new skills.
Using Six Thinking Hats is a learning process. Confidence will grow as the approach is used more.You may want to ask the delegate to document what went well, what they learned, and what they will do differently in future.

Conducting a review after the course

Many managers like to follow up courses that their people have attended. The style and format of these reviews varies widely so here are some prompts for suggested discussion points:

  • Action Plan – at the end of the course all delegates are encouraged to commit to specific actions to use and reinforce the things they’ve learnt. That action plan is a good start point for a review.
  • Using the tools – how often are the techniques learnt on the course being used?
  • Coaching Others – have there been any opportunities to coach others in the use of the techniques?
  • General – it will be worth going back to the original reasons for attending the course and also review the other notes in this section that describe the course and use them as a prompt for your discussion.

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