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6 Thinking Hats Technique for Innovation and Creativity



The six hats represent six modes of thinking and are directions to think rather than labels for thinking. That is, the hats are used proactively rather than reactively.


A summary by Sylvie Labelle
Early in the 1980s Dr. de Bono invented the Six Thinking Hats method. The method is a framework for thinking and can incorporate lateral thinking. Valuable judgmental thinking has its place in the system but is not allowed to dominate as in normal thinking. Dr. de Bono organized a network of authorized trainers to introduce the Six Thinking Hats. Advanced Practical Thinking (APTT), of Des Moines, Iowa USA, licenses the training in all parts of the world except Canada (and now, Europe). APTT organizes the trainers and supplies the only training materials written and authorized by Dr. de Bono.

Organizations such as Prudential Insurance, IBM, Federal Express, British Airways, Polaroid, Pepsico, DuPont, and Nippon Telephone and Telegraph, possibly the world's largest company, use Six Thinking Hats.

The six hats represent six modes of thinking and are directions to think rather than labels for thinking. That is, the hats are used proactively rather than reactively.

The method promotes fuller input from more people. In de Bono's words it "separates ego from performance". Everyone is able to contribute to the exploration without denting egos as they are just using the yellow hat or whatever hat. The six hats system encourages performance rather than ego defense. People can contribute under any hat even though they initially support the opposite view.

The key point is that a hat is a direction to think rather than a label for thinking. The key theoretical reasons to use the Six Thinking Hats are to:
encourage Parallel Thinking
encourage full-spectrum thinking
separate ego from performance

The published book Six Thinking Hats (de Bono, 1985) is readily available and explains the system, although there have been some additions and changes to the execution of the method.

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The following is an excerpt from John Culvenor and Dennis Else Engineering Creative Design, 1995)

There are six metaphorical hats and the thinker can put on or take off one of these hats to indicate the type of thinking being used. This putting on and taking off is essential. The hats must never be used to categorize individuals, even though their behavior may seem to invite this. When done in group, everybody wear the same hat at the same time.

 1- White Hat thinking

This covers facts, figures, information needs and gaps. "I think we need some white hat thinking at this point..." means Let's drop the arguments and proposals, and look at the data base."

 2- Red Hat thinking

This covers intuition, feelings and emotions. The red hat allows the thinker to put forward an intuition without any ned to justify it. "Putting on my red hat, I think this is a terrible proposal." Ususally feelings and intuition can only be introduced into a discussion if they are supported by logic. Usually the feeling is genuine but the logic is spurious.The red hat gives full permission to a thinker to put forward his or her feelings on the subject at the moment.

 3- Black Hat thinking

This is the hat of judgment and caution. It is a most valuable hat. It is not in any sense an inferior or negative hat. The rior or negative hat. The black hat is used to point out why a suggestion does not fit the facts, the available experience, the system in use, or the policy that is being followed. The black hat must always be logical.

 4- Yellow Hat thinking

This is the logical positive. Why something will work and why it will offer benefits. It can be used in looking forward to the results of some proposed action, but can also be used to find something of value in what has already happened.

 5- Green Hat thinking

This is the hat of creativity, alternatives, proposals, what is interesting, provocations and changes.

6-Blue Hat thinking

This is the overview or process control hat. It looks not at the subject itself but at the 'thinking' about the subject. "Putting on my blue hat, I feel we should do some more green hat thinking at this point." In technical terms, the blue hat is concerned with meta-cognition.


Never Worry, My Friend

Never worry........
                    
Never worry about tomorrow, my friend
God will send the rising of the sun,
Do not anguish over past mistakes
That can never be undone.



Never waste a single precious moment
On things that brings sorrow to the heart
Always use each day to stay happy
with your loved ones.


Today comes only once, my friend
Remember it will never return
Think, and use it wisely while you can 
So many important lessons yet to learn.



Never worry, enjoy this beautiful day
Forget frustrations, let them slip away
Fill this day with happiness and love
Thank God for all blessings from above.

A Reminder for Husbands



“Love her …when she sips on your coffee or tea. She only wants to make sure it tastes just right for you.

Love her…when she "pushes" you to pray. She wants to be with you in Heaven.

Love her…when she asks you to play with the kids. She did not "make" them on her own.

Love her...when she is jealous. Out of all the men she can have, she chose you.

Love her…when she has annoying little habits that drives you nuts. You have them too.

Love her…when her cooking is bad. She tries.

Love her…when she looks disheveled in the morning. She always grooms herself up again.

Love her…when she asks to help with the kid’s homework. She only wants you to be part of thehome.

Love her...when she asks if she looks fat. Your opinion counts, so tell her she's beautiful.

Love her…when she looks beautiful. She's yours so appreciate her.

Love her...when she spends hours to get ready. She only wants to look her best for you.

Love her…when she buys you gifts you don't like. Smile and tell her it's what you've always wanted.

Love her…when she has developed a bad habit. You have many more and with wisdom and politeness you have all the time to help her change.

Love her…when she cries for absolutely nothing. Don't ask; tell her it’s going to be okay.

Love her…when whatever you do is not pleasing. It happens and will pass.

Love her…when she stains your clothes. You needed a new shirt anyway.

Love her…when she tells you how to drive. She only wants you to be safe.

Love her…when she argues. She only wants to make things right for both.

Love her…she is yours. You don't need any other special reason!!!

Women are part of your life and should be treated as the Queen.
• Treat the women well.
• The best of you are those who are the best in the treatment of their wives.”



The old man advice to his children





Before going to bed and preparing to sleep…Think a while for the old man advice to his children…It might help your present or future life.
 
The old man said to his son and daughter. My lovely children, there are 10 logic principals, if you follow them, you will succeed in life.

1- Smile, you don't know all problems, others carry on their shoulders.

2- Stop thinking too much, its better not to know all the answers.

3- Don't compare your life with others; you don't know how their journey in life went on.

4- No one is the reason of your sadness or happiness, except you.

5- Time heals almost everything, give time, some time.

6- What others think of you, is none of your business, work hard to achieve success.

7- Make peace with your past, so it doesn't spoil your present, or destroys your future.

8- Do good to people, and throw into the sea (forget it), you will gain good in the future.

9- Before you criticize others, criticize yourself.

10- To forgive while you are capable is better than revenge.

A Reminder - Inner Peace



Inner Peace is the Key !!!

Health: Warm Water with Lemon



Lemon water is one of my favorite drinks, it not only quenches thirst better than any other drink, but it nourished our bodies so much more than you would ever believe. Unbelievable things happen when you drink it.

Upon waking our bodily tissues, are dehydrated and are in need of water to push out toxins and rejuvenate the cells.

1. Helps Balance ph

Lemons are incredible alkaline foods. They may be acidic on their own, but inside the body they are alkaline.


2. Aids Digestion

Warm water serves to stimulate the gastrointestinal tract and peristalsis, the waves of the muscle contractions within the intestinal walls that keeps things moving. Lemons are high in minerals and vitamins that help to loosen the ama or toxins, in the digestive tract.


3. Clears Skin

The vitamin C helps decrease wrinkles and blemishes. Lemon water purges toxins from the blood that helps keep skin clear as well.


4. Boosts your Immune System

Lemons are high in vitamin C, which is great for fighting colds. They are high in potassium, which stimulates brain and nerve function. Potassium helps control blood pressure. It is known to have anti-inflammatory effects, and is used as complementary support for asthma and other respiratory symptoms plus it enhances iron absorption in the body; iron plays an important role in immune function.


5. Provides the body with electrolytes that hydrate your body.
6. It is good for the joints, and reducing pain in the joints and muscles.
7. Produces more enzymes from water than food.
8. Help lower blood pressure.
9. Helps to prevent cancer.
10. Aids in weight loss.
11. Helps to dissolve gallstones, kidney stones, pancreatic stones, and calcium deposits.
12. Helps to relieve heartburn.
13. Helps to dilute uric acid, the built up of which leads to pain in the joints.
14. Promotes healing

Just like what it does for the skin to be blemish-free and scar-free. It also helps in healing and maintaining healthy bones, tissues and cartilages.
Lemons are wonderful for the body, but it is very important to dilute it with water; warm water is one of the components that makes this pair so wonderful for the body. Take Half a cup of warm water and squeeze in at least half a lemon’s worth of juice.

It is important to drink it first thing in the morning on an empty stomach, I like to do this the night before and leave the water on my bedside table. This way before my feet even touch the floor I have my water, and I am ready to take on the day.


Sources:

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abcnews

Story: The Woman and the Bread





 A woman baked chapatti (roti) for members of her family and an extra one for a hungry passerby. She kept the extra chapatti on the window sill, for whosoever would take it away. Every day, a hunchback came and took away the chapatti. Instead of expressing gratitude, he muttered the following words as he went his way: "The evil you do remains with you: The good you do, comes back to you!" This went on, day after day. Every day, the hunchback came, picked up the chapatti and uttered the words: "The evil you do, remains with you: The good you do, comes back to you!" The woman felt irritated. "Not a word of gratitude," she said to herself... 

"Everyday this hunchback utters this jingle! What does he mean?" One day, exasperated, she decided to do away with him. "I shall get rid of this hunchback," she said. And what did she do? She added poison to the chapatti she prepared for him! As she was about to keep it on the window sill, her hands trembled. "What is this I am doing?" she said. Immediately, she threw the chapatti into the fire, prepared another one and kept it on the window sill. As usual, the hunchback came, picked up the chapatti and muttered the words: "The evil you do, remains with you: The good you do, comes back to you!" The hunchback proceeded on his way, blissfully unaware of the war raging in the mind of the woman. 


Every day, as the woman placed the chapatti on the window sill, she offered a prayer for her son who had gone to a distant place to seek his fortune. For many months, she had no news of him.. She prayed for his safe return. That evening, there was a knock on the door. As she opened it, she was surprised to find her son standing in the doorway. He had grown thin and lean. His garments were tattered and torn. He was hungry, starved and weak. As he saw his mother, he said, "Mom, it's a miracle I'm here. While I was but a mile away, I was so famished that I collapsed. I would have died, but just then an old hunchback passed by. I begged of him for a morsel of food, and he was kind enough to give me a whole chapatti. As he gave it to me, he said, "This is what I eat everyday: today, I shall give it to you, for your need is greater than mine!" " As the mother heard those words, her face turned pale. 


She leaned against the door for support. She remembered the poisoned chapatti that she had made that morning. Had she not burnt it in the fire, it would have been eaten by her own son, and he would have lost his life! It was then that she realized the significance of the words:
"The evil you do remains with you: The good you do, comes back to you!" 
Do good and Don't ever stop doing good, even if it is not appreciated at that time. 

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The PHILOSOPHY of Living A Happy Life


By Junaid Tahir
While everyone is in pursuit of happiness, yet very few people understand that Happiness is already all around us. Its only matter of training our brain through simple skills to feel the Happiness.
Below PHILOSOPHY is presented for Easy-to-Understand and Easy-to-Practice in order to acquire immense Happiness, peace of mind and tranquility. While it take a little time to practice the below recommendations but trust me once your body, mind and soul are trained enough to live by these rules, nobody on earth will be able to stop the showers of ultimate happiness.  

Philosophy Of Living A Happy Life
P
Present Moment
Live in Present moment. Past steals your peace of mind. Don’t worry too much about future, the best is yet to come. Enjoy whatever positive is happening around you.
H
Health
Health is TOP Priority. 30 minutes daily exercise and healthy diet should never be compromised. Healthy body ensure healthy heart and mind. One day you will regret for not giving attention to your body.
I
Ignite the Happiness
Ignite happiness in others. The level of contentment and satisfaction achieved through making others happy by resolving someone's problem is priceless. Make difference even if you have $1 to spend and generate ripples of happiness.
L
Love Unconditionally
Love unconditionally. Love people and use things, not vice versa. Expect nothing in return and you will never be disappointed. Stay honest with your loved ones. One of the greatest advantages of telling the truth is that you don’t have to remember what you said. Develop Trust through politeness, straight forwardness, honesty, care and consistent behavior.
O
Open to Learning
Open to Learning is vital for your success and happiness. Learning gives you exposure to see things from different perspective. Learn through observation, reading, trainings and spending time with wise people.
S
Self-Audit
Your today should be better than yesterday else you are in loss. Mistakes are valuable as long as you learn from them. Weekly Self Audit for all domains of life such as Religious, financial, educational, familial, emotional, professional, social and physical must be done for continuous improvement. People who write their goal are 60% more likely to achieve so write down current issues and your goals in each of the domains mentioned above.
O
Optimism
Optimistic people live less-stressful life. Find out positive in every problem you face. For weak people, problems create more problems, for better people problems are challenges to handle, for optimists and courageous people, problems are opportunities to grow. So be an optimist and solution-oriented person.
P
Don’t delay things. Now is the moment to act. No procrastination. Become "Professor Now" instead of "Mr. Later". Delaying things will keep piling up clutter in your brain adding stress to your life.
H
High Gratitude
People having high sense of gratitude are the most happy people. There are billions of people poorer than you. There are hundreds of complicated diseases which you don’t have. Be thankful for each of your organ. When your head is on the pillow and the day is almost done, Count God's blessings, count them one by one. Family blessings, economical, physical, mental, educational, professional and so on.
Y
Yes to Change
Be adaptable to new situations. Elastic people are welcomed in the society and stubborn people develop more stress and produce more complications. Respect the opinion of others and be open to accept the Change. Remember, no one is in-charge of your happiness except you so adjust yourself to ever changing situations in life. Convince people with logic or get convinced. There is no point of keeping brawls for longer duration, impacting your brain, body and emotions.


If you like, you may want to take a print and put on your desk, kitchen or any other appropriate place for refreshing it daily J






About Author:
Junaid Tahir, a Telecom Engineer,  a Program Manager and a Blogger, writes articles on wisdom, happiness and stress management at his personal blog. His personal Google Group can be joined here. He is reachable at mjunaidtahir@gmail.com for all kinds of constructive feedback.

Story: My Daughter Reminds Me a Great Lesson




Yesterday morning while getting ready for office I was brushing my teeth. Without realizing my 3 years old daughter standing right behind me I moved a little backwards resulting my body hit her a little. Because my tooth brush was in my mouth so I couldn't say sorry to her. As Hadia has recently learnt about using Thank-you and Sorry for different situations from her school teacher, she was expecting me to say sorry without understanding the fact that while brushing her father can't do so. She waited for me for a little while to apologize which I did not. So her little heart broke and she started crying. I immediately finished my brushing and kissed her and said sorry to her. Very soon she became normal and forgot what has happened a while ago and we had a great breakfast J

Later I pondered that with friends, family and colleagues we often forget to say sorry for our mistakes which results in stiffen relationship causing brawls or complete break-up. While our loved ones give us time and expect our apologetic response, we forget to say sorry or sometimes even ignore the matter altogether considering it a minor one; whereas, it may be critically important for someone. Hence it is important for us to pay attention to this aspect and consider improving our Emotional Intelligence Skills (Managing ours' as well as others' emotions), enhance Empathic Skills and endeavor to develop trust with our loved ones for healthy relationships.  


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Short Story: The Red Light Special




Two men were in a car when they had to stop at a red signal light. The man at the steering did not say anything.
The other man said, "The time we waste at these red lights - why, a man could write a book!"
The driver still said nothing.
Finally the man beside him said, "Didn't you hear what I said?"
"No."
"How come you did not hear? I was talking".
"Whom were you talking to?"
"I was talking to God," he said. "I've been making it a practice every time I get to a red light to pray for one of my friends. It is wonderful how many folks I have on my prayer list and how many I have time to pray for in this way."