Wearing the Blue Hat

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Wearing the Blue Hat
Ali Sumner, CEO, Australia

One 'rule' no-one has mentioned: when using the six thinking hats for a group thinking session or meeting - while there maybe one person designated as the facilitator and that person would be expected to wear the blue hat at all times in order to:
- help the group remain focused
- to use the appropriate hat (everyone uses the same hat at the same time)
- to stick to time (time should be allocated for thinking with each different hat)
- to summarise thinking etc...
It is also very important to remember that the (only) hat that anyone can use at anytime is the blue hat - this makes the process very democratic - anyone can put on their blue hat and take on a facilitation process role as the blue hat is for focusing, timing, thinking about the thinking that needs to be done - all the meta-process issues - anyone can wear the blue hat.

Question About Wearing the Blue Hat
otto, Other, United Kingdom
So for example in the middle of a yellow hat, if someone has a doubt about the process he/she can decide to put on his/her blue hat, the chair stays with blue hat and the others stay with their yellow hat. Is that correct?

Question About Wearing the Blue Hat
Ali Sumner, CEO, Australia
Hi Otto, no - all people put on their blue hat - people can't consider a blue hat request about process if they stay in yellow hat - they need to put on their blue hat in order to "think about the thinking" that is going on - yes the chair remains in blue hat and might have to keep everyone on focus and summarise what is going on while people consider the blue hat request their chair may then have to suggest a way forward (also a blue hat role).
Cheers Ali.



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