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Thursday, September 2, 2010

Various tools to be used for writing a good Business Proposal - De Bono’s Six Thinking Hats by team

How to write a good Business Proposal? What are the thinking tools that one should focus on while writing a good proposal?
There are a number of thinking tool for group discussion and individual thinking that one should use while writing a business proposal. Few of them include:

Brainstorming (brainwriting)
 Fishbone
 De Bono’s 6 thinking hats
 Mind Mapping

Let’s discuss the De Bono’s 6 thinking hats in this article. The others would be discussed in our other articles to come-

De Bono’s 6 thinking hats is a method for incorporating lateral thinking into problem solving. It has six modes of thinking (represented by different coloured hats) and helps seeing different sides of a problem

Understanding the implication of the various hats –

Red – emotion, intuition and feelings
• Put forward ideas based on intuition, gut reaction, without need for justification
• Also to be used to prospect how other people will react emotionally to a problem or proposed solution

White – information - Focus is on facts, figures, information needs and gaps in knowledge

Black – caution
• Use logical judgment to point out weak points of a proposal
• Helps to make plans tougher and more resilient before embarking on a course of action

Green – creativity - Freewheeling way of thinking, without criticism

Blue – process - Bird’s eye on the process of thinking (meta-cognition)

Yellow – optimism -Use logical judgment to point out the benefits of a proposal and why it will work

Other important point
• Exhaust potential contributions of each hat before moving to the next
• No fixed order of hats
• Not all hats have to be used

De Bono’s Six Thinking Hats - When to Use and what is the main purpose

The main purpose of using this tool is to broaden thinking beyond tired old ideas and to promote new ideas. This tools also helps in achieving the following:

• Solution generation
 Encourages more effort in the evaluation of new ideas
 Green hat

• Solution evaluation
 Black hat

• Solution implementation
 Blue hat has expert tutors for all subjects who would be happy to help you in understanding these tools as well implementing it in your Assignment.


Michael said...

great article.... I am starting to use this now!

Laurelle said...

Its great to hear that. Soon we would be discussing the other tools like Brainstorming (brainwriting),Fishbone,Mind Mapping, etc. as well