We all have to solve problems in life – but very few of us have a process for doing so. In this episode, I share a technique you can use for both group discussion and individual thinking involving six colored hats.
Our life is a function of how well we solve problems, but very few of us have a process for solving problems.
In order to solve a problem well, we need to look at it from several different perspectives.
Most people can’t make good decisions because they attack the problem from the same perspective.
When I woke up in the hospital after over-exerting myself in college, a nurse handed me a mug of tea. On the teabag was an Albert Einstein quote: the same level of thinking that’s created your problem won’t solve your problem.
According to The Structure of Scientific Revolutions, a lot of major advances in various industries have come from outsiders because insiders adopt the same education and levels of belief. Outsiders are able to think ‘outside the box.’
Renowned music producer Quincy Jones once told me, “I don’t have problems. I have puzzles.”
Edward De Bono developed a tool called the 6 Thinking Hats to help you look at a problem from 6 different perspectives.
Many people are overwhelmed by information when making decisions, and this technique allows you to consider just one perspective at a time.
To get the most of this episode, pick a problem or decision you need to make and apply the technique.
Start by imagining you have 6 hats in front of you. Imagine you are putting on one hat at a time.
What problem did you use this technique on? How did it work for you? Let me know on social media by tagging @jimkwik and #KwikBrain.