Six thinking hats

Six Thinking Hats method by Edward de Bono is a proven and practical thinking concept. The aim of this brainstorming technique is to separate thinking into six clear functions and roles. Each thinking role is identified with a colored symbolic “thinking hat.” By mentally wearing and switching “hats”, you can easily focus or redirect thoughts and conversation. Six Thinking Hats is a powerful tool that facilitates critical thinking, collaboration, communication, and creativity.


Each team member “wears” a hat and discuss ideas with the other team members. Several team members can wear the same hat.

Then the participants switch to another hat and discuss the same conversation with a different approach. The brainstorming continues until each colour has been done at least once.

An alternative method is that every team member wear the same hat at the same time and change colour together.