Six Thinking Hats - Structuring Creative Thinking (Parallel Thinking Technique)

Date: Thursday,
February 9, 2023
Time:

10:00 AM PST | 01:00 PM EST

Duration:
60 Minutes
Instructor:
Kenneth Zabel 
Webinar Id:
21231
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Overview:

"Six Thinking Hats" is a way of approaching and investigating an issue, change, or process from a variety of perspectives in a clear, conflict-free way. This can be done by an individual, by team members each wearing a different hat(s), or by a group ‘wearing the same hat’ in a sequential order. Large complex issues can also be set up with six separate teams meeting with representatives from each meeting to assess all perspectives.

Why you should Attend:

  • Learn how meetings can be transformed to produce quick, decisive results every time. The Six Hats method is a devastatingly simple technique based on the brain's different modes of thinking
  • Inspire idea generation as an ice-breaker activity by having different people play different roles
  • Get past stopping points and guide your team beyond their instinctive positions
  • Explore multiple ways of viewing problems (from different perspectives) in conflict-free ways (parallel thinking)
  • Avoid having to argue your case or make snap decisions about what's "right" or "wrong"
  • Besides improving the quality of your decisions, the Six Thinking Hats technique has more benefits to offer: more organized thinking, improved creativity, better thinking skills, stronger interpersonal skills, and greater inclusivity in teams
  • Help people set aside preconceptions and focus on seeing things from the same perspective for a while. Debate will happen, but it will be based on shared understandings which can help everyone to feel included
  • Meetings can be transformed to produce quick, decisive results. When traditional solutions are unlikely to get the desired result, this technique will help form original answers to difficult questions
  • The intelligence, experience and information of everyone is harnessed to reach the right conclusions quickly. These principles fundamentally change the way you work and interact
  • The Six Hats method is a devastatingly simple technique based on the brain's different modes of thinking
  • When traditional solutions are unlikely to get the desired result, this technique will help form original answers to difficult questions
  • The intelligence, experience and information of everyone is harnessed to reach the right conclusions quickly. These principles fundamentally change the way you work and interact
  • The Six Hats method is a devastatingly simple technique based on the brain's different modes of thinking

Areas Covered in the Session:
  • Blue Hat: "The Conductor's Hat" (also the Group Moderator) focus on controlling your thinking and managing the decision-making process
  • Green Hat: "The Creative Hat" green is grass, vegetation (abundant growth) - green hat indicates creativity, new ideas
  • Red Hat: "The Hat for the Heart" express your feelings; the red hat gives the emotional view
  • Yellow Hat: "The Optimist's Hat" yellow is sunny and positive; looks at issues in the most positive light possible
  • Black Hat: "The Judge's Hat" the black hat is somber and serious; focus on being cautious and assessing risks
  • White Hat: "The Factual Hat" the white hat is neutral and concerned with objective facts and figures

Who Will Benefit:
  • Quality Engineer
  • Supplier Quality Engineer
  • Process Engineer
  • Design Engineer
  • Quality Manager
  • Production Manager
  • Value Stream Mapping Team Leader
  • Leadership Development Facilitators

Speaker Profile
Kenneth Zabel began his career in quality management working for global product certification agencies. After working for NSF International for ten years, he managed certification programs at ETL Semko (Intertek) and CSA International (Canadian Standards Association). Ken has trained certification engineers and auditors across North America and in the U.K., Sweden, Germany, the Netherlands, Italy, Spain, China, and South Korea. He has conducted workshops in Dubai for governmental administrators from Saudi Arabia on the benefits of, and how to implement programs compliant with ISO 9001:2015.

Ken’s SMETA and social compliance auditing began in 2017 for Asia Inspection (today QIMA). As a contractor, he has also conducted audits for ELEVATE, SGS North America, Intertek, Bureau Veritas, and UL-STR (Underwriter’s Laboratories).


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