Switching Hats by Top Managers

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Troy Hussain

Switching Hats by Top Managers

People at the top of the organisation on most occasions wear just one of these hats. It would be interesting to see more top level people switching around hats. By doing so they may see a broader perspective of the opportunities and challenges that is common to all in the organisation.

  Gary Wong
Consultant, Canada
 

Putting Labels on People

I totally agree, Troy. I've noticed there is a tendency to put labels on certain people as they rise to the top. The CFO and accountants are predominantly seen as Black hatters because they are risk adverse. Marketers always wear the Green hat since their job is to come up with new ideas and products. HR folks are connected to the Yellow hat due to their efforts to promote a positive employee culture. Engineers for their love of information and analysis are White hatters.
Six thinking hats is not about categorizing people and putting labels on them. It's about the ability for everyone to wear all hats and switch them in a disciplined manner.

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