Six Thinking Modes1
Evaluate your solution ideas in six different ways.
Six thinking modes leverages different points of view to help your team evaluate its best ideas. The approach works especially well with controversial ideas, such as innovative new business models, because it makes time for objectivity and subjectivity, as well as for evaluating the pros and cons of the proposed solution.
Although you can use six thinking modes to generate ideas, it works equally well after you've narrowed down the list of ideas to a couple of viable options. It can be tricky to keep the group on track, so you may consider additional training in this technique, or bringing in an experienced facilitator.
Six thinking modes is a lateral thinking exercise pioneered by Edward de Bono in the 1980s. During the exercise, team members adopt (role-play) a metaphorical hat that represents a mode of thinking (Exhibit 32.1):