Parallel Thinking for Problem Solving Using Six Thinking Hats
Rod Baxter, Principal, Value Generation Partners, Naples, FL, USA
Keywords: Problem Solving
Overview of Parallel Thinking (Six Thinking Hats)
-- What it is and what it is not (not Group Think)
-- Why used - chaos versus order - focus, efficiency, productivity, etc.
-- When used - strategic planning, project management, problem solving, effective meetings, etc.
Parallel Thinking Small-Group Exercise
-- Groups of three – groups with same hat and groups with different hats
---- Groups conduct exercise
---- Debrief at group level (what went well, what could have gone better)
---- Debrief at large group level (what went well, what could have gone better)
Parallel Thinking Methods, Tools, and Uses
-- Large-group brainstorming