Six Thinking Hats Show the Difference
Gary Wong, Premium Member
I suggest we look at Edward De Bono's 6 thinking hats as a framework:
- Lateral thinking is green hat thinking - looking for new ideas and possibilities.
- Critical thinking is black hat thinking - applying analysis and judgment from experience to identify negatives and determine risk.
Great thinkers have the ability to think in all 6 ways and know when which hat is appropriate for the situation. Even though I am a certified lateral thinking trainer, I pride myself on being a critical thinker and picking apart an idea when asked to play a risk management role.