Using Coloured Notes to Overcome Fear of Forgetting
Gary Wong, Premium Member
: Yes, you could have different coloured pieces of paper but I suggest you don't. Parallel thinking requires everyone thinking, talking, and listening under the same hat. If a "stormer" is busy making notes, then (s)he isn't wearing the same hat as the others.
I remember one session where I called for Green hat thinking. One idea was raised and then the room suddenly went silent. I looked around and noticed people with heads down busily making notes. I asked what everyone was doing. One reply was: "I'm jotting down why that idea won't work." Someone else replied: "Hey, I'm doing the same thing!" Another said: "Not me. I'm thinking how that idea might work in my department."
It was a "Ah-hah!" moment for the group. They all realized their brains were causing them to react and jump all over the place. We agreed to be more disciplined, stay focused on one hat, and returned to the task of generating more Green hat ideas.
I feel there is less worry about the fear of forgetting when you are working in a group; there's a strong chance someone else shares a similar thought.