The Six Thinking Hats Theory
and how it can be helpful
in Real Estate...
One of the best techniques I have used over the years has been the "Six Thinking Hats" process. I learned about this technique many years ago in one of my Management classes, and it has been proven to be very useful in many applications and functions. Especially decision making. When faced with making a decision, try using the Six Thinking Hats theory to look at the situation from different angles and perspectives.
The Six Thinking Hats theory was developed by Edward de Bono. Corporations and Businesses around the world use this simple and effective process.
By exercising the Six Thinking Hats theory, people become more focused and more engaged. It affords the opportunity to look at a problem or situation from many angles.
How is works:
White Hat = The Facts
Yellow Hat = The Positive Points of View
Black Hat= The Negative Points of View
Red Hat = The Emotional Aspects
Green Hat = The Possibilities, Opportunities
Blue Hat = The Control Process
I have used this technique on a regular basis over the years and have found it very useful during negotiations, or when faced with making a very important decision. This can be used solo or in a team situation.
If you aren't familiar with the Six Thinking Hats method, the author, Edward de Bono has written many books about the Six Thinking Hats theory as well as many others. I highly recommend that you obtain a copy of his book and study the technique yourself. I believe you will find it very useful in so many business situations, or when faced with making major life changing decisions
Should I take this offer on my home? Should I downsize? Should I relocate?
Decisions such as these are all life changing decisions, and by utilizing this exercise, the decision will become much clearer and objective. Try it next time you have a decision to make.
The de Bono Group LLC - Website has much more information about his technique and this topic. Photo courtesy of de Bono Group LLC.