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Six Thinking Hats (Parallel Thinking)

Parallel Thinking is a process that segments individual or group thinking which leads to improved decision making, increased productivity, greater participation and buy-in, and higher quality dialogue and decisions - resulting in significant increases in the efficiency and effectiveness of the thinking process. Parallel Thinking enables a major behavioral shift away from traditional thinking styles, which tend to be adversarial and/or hierarchical in nature.  Many organizations report that Parallel Thinking techniques improve communication in cross functional and multi-cultural environments.  It is particularly useful in multi-cultural global organizations, enhancing merger integration and other major change processes. Decision making and meeting process cycle times can be reduced by up to 75% with the appropriate application of this exciting technique.

We help organizations implement Edward de Bono’s Six Thinking Hats as the main vehicle to enable Parallel Thinking, having trained several thousand managers and professionals around the world since 1994.

 

Parallel Thinking with the Six Thinking Hats

A one-day program that covers Edward de Bono’s full Six Thinking Hats course as well as an introduction to the lateral thinking method, designed to open the door to creative thinking.  The program is designed to help people become more open in their approach to problem solving and to improve individual and group idea generating capabilities. It leads to a culture of creative thinking across the organization, improvement in the quantity of ideas generated and increased levels of participation, particularly in multi-cultural environments. Appropriate for all levels of professional staff and management, from graduate trainees up to the board of directors.

Lynn Reed was certified by Edward de Bono personally in both Six Thinking Hats and Lateral Thinking techniques. He has achieved Master Trainer status in both instruments (i.e. he can certify others in these exciting techniques).