Better Meetings: DeBono's Six Hats Method

Organizational consultant Edward deBono developed a playful mechanism for group collaboration and meetings that involves the idea that there are six different hats one can wear when working with others. Sometimes we are in the mode of clarifying what we are doing - managing ourselves in the meeting; sometimes we need to surface some information, get the facts; sometimes we are expressing feelings; sometimes we need to be logical and analytical; sometimes we cheerlead; and sometimes we provoke and encourage investigation. The six hats method encourages self-consciousness about each of these functions. In this workshop we'll learn to recognize them and to employ the "hats" to structure meetings and interactions within meetings to achieve big productivity gains and reduce the amount of time wasted in meetings.