Tuesday, September 27, 2016

Brad smith ceo intuit. Innovate in 30year old company? A: te

Brad Smith CEO of Intuit or more famously known for developing QuickBooks and the Intuit innovative culture. Innovation is a process and Smith has created an environment that promotes two ideas in his company. First, he creates teams and gives them the tools and time to come up with new ideas that will change their customers world. Second, he provides a culture that's allowed to present failing ideas in their search for the next great idea. How does your company stay innovative?

By de Bono Consulting

Monday, August 22, 2016

12 Things You Were Not Taught in School About Creative Thinking

A fellow de Bono Trainer gave me 12 Things You Were Not Taught in School About Creative Thinking which is completely accurate. As innovative thinkers, we can learn something from this great list on creativity.

1. You are creative. Believe it!
2. Creative thinking is work. You will have more bad ideas than good ones, but those bad ideas lead you to the great ideas.
3. You must go through the motions of being creative. You must practice your ideas to become better at them.
4. Your brain is not a computer. Your brain cannot tell the difference between actual and fantasy experiences. (Think about Walt Disney)
5. There is no one right answer. Aristotle said it best it is either A or not-A.
6. Never stop with your first good idea. Always strive to improve your good ideas because that improvement may lead to your greatest discovery.
7. Expect the experts to be negative. Experts look at new ideas with absolutes and self censorship about their expertise.
8. Trust your instincts. Don't be discouraged by others opinions.
9. There is no such thing as failure. Celebrate your failures and review what you have learned from them.
10. You do not see things as they are; you see them as you are. All experiences have no meaning until you interpret them.
11. Always approach a problem on its own terms. Always consider other peoples points of view on the problem.
12. Learn to think unconventionally. For knowledge is limited to current knowledge, while imagination has no limits so embrace imagination.

The de Bono tools have helped thousands of people worldwide to think more creative in a systematic way that helps capture all your ideas on POST-IT NOTES!

By de Bono Consulting

Tuesday, June 07, 2016

Six Thinking Hats = the Life of a Data Scientist

Debleena Roy posted a real world example of how the Six Thinking Hats help make her successful in the Data Scientist world. See the correlation between the Six Thinking Hats and the needs of a data scientist.

  1. White Hat
    1. de Bono: Calls for information
    2. Data Scientist Needs: Data, just data
  2. Blue Hat
    1. de Bono: Manage the thinking process
    2. Data Scientist Needs: Generate insights from the cartloads of data
  3. Black Hat
    1. de Bono: Negative or skeptical
    2. Data Scientist Needs: Develop his/her hypothesis
  4. Yellow Hat
    1. de Bono: Positive or optimism
    2. Data Scientist Needs: Survival tool in the highs and lows of the data valley
  5. Red Hat
    1. de Bono: Feelings or intuition
    2. Data Scientist Needs: Call it trial and error or "red hat"
  6. Green Hat
    1. de Bono: Creativity or alternative ideas
    2. Data Scientist Needs: Think outside of his/her self-made data box
The above sequence is a real world example of how the Six Thinking Hats impacts the world everyday. de Bono Consulting's challenge to you is what hat's will impact your world for the better. 

Wednesday, May 11, 2016

Infusing Innovative Thinking Into Six Sigma!

Did any of you read the article by Don Peppers on Six Sigma? Peppers did a great job bringing to light the lack of innovation tools in the Six Sigma process. The Six Sigma process was designed to plan, predict, document, adjust, and improve the current work process. For this purpose, Six Sigma is a great tool and meets all of the companies objectives. If the company is looking to be more innovative, then the company should be looking for a tool that promotes innovation like Lateral Thinking or any other innovation tool. I think that comparing Six Sigma process improvement to Innovation is like comparing "oranges and apples." They both may be fruits but their taste, look, and purpose are completely different.

If your company is looking to implement the Six Sigma process, I would recommend that the objectives be clearly identified and communicated company-wide so that the company does not try to accomplish innovation objectives with a process improvement tool. Here's a thought, may be 3M was not looking for innovation in Six Sigma but process improvement?

By de Bono Consulting

Tuesday, April 19, 2016

America's Secret Weapon

Bill Gates recently published America's Secret Weapon an amazing article about innovation and how America needs to invest more into research and development. In a comment to Gate's article, someone wrote that we need an individual with the vision, alignment, and execution of innovation. I think that we need to train the leaders of this country some tools that will help build and execute a game plan in order to remain the top innovative country in the world. Thousands of companies and governments have turned to Six Thinking Hats and Lateral Thinking to push their people to think outside the box. I know these innovative tool will produce the innovative ideas this country needs to remain at the top.

By de Bono Consulting

Monday, March 28, 2016

Brainstorming Tools that Improve Creativity!

Business leaders today have taken an amazing brainstorming tool phase "Think outside the box" and turned it into a buzzword for their creativity. Lateral Thinking was the original brainstorming tool that used this phrase to train our clients to think unconventional or from a different perspective. How can Lateral Thinking improve the company's creativity?

Lateral Thinking will provide a generic process that forces each participant to think of new ways to improve the process. For example, a company is always looking to improve its current distribution systems, product development process, accounting systems, and assembly line processes. By using Lateral Thinking, a company will reduce the number of brainstorming sessions and begin executing their new ideas.

Wednesday, March 16, 2016

What Makes the Lateral Thinking Different Than Other Idea Generators?

The difference maker that Lateral Thinking brings to a company is revolutionary. Lateral Thinking changes a companies ideas generators from a slow and difficult process to a fast, productive, and fun process. The competitive advantage the Lateral Thinking gives a company is multiple ideas in a matter of few minutes towards any situation, problem, or process. Below is a fun example of Lateral Thinking Results done in our office.

Problem in the space exploration world: How to land a rocket in order to recycle it?

Current process: Land the rocket the same way it took off.

Lateral Thinking process:

  1. Land it like an F-15 lands on an aircraft carrier. 
  2. Have a plane catch it in the mid air and assist the landing. 
  3. Land it the same way it took off.
This was a 30 second Lateral Thinking session which could change and revolutionize the way rockets land. Lateral Thinking forces the teams thoughts outside of the current ways of doing things and look for more innovative solutions that are beyond this world. This is why our clients see Lateral Thinking as their competitive advantage in today's marketplace.

Thursday, February 25, 2016

Where Good Ideas Come From?

What's the best way to collect these Good Ideas based on our hunches? In addition, how many Good Ideas are lost in the coffee shop?

We use Six Thinking Hats and Lateral Thinking as a tool to collect our Good Ideas or Solutions to our problems. After all, Good Ideas are solutions to our problems. So the next time you have a hunch try our tools to turn that hunch into a Good Idea!

By de Bono Consulting

Tuesday, February 16, 2016

Six Thinking Hats Maximizes Six Sigma Improvement Projects!

Here's how to use the Six Thinking Hats in Six Sigma improvement projects:

White Hat Thinking: Information Known and Needed

Six Thinking Hats: White Hat Image
During the Measure phase of a Six Sigma Project, a White Hat session will collect all the projects' information and define the limits for each of the selected outputs. Having all of the information collected in an organized and efficient process will give the Six Sigma Project team the ability to set realistic and achievable targets.   

Green Hat Thinking:  Creativity and Alternatives

Six Thinking Hats: Green Hat Image
The Green Hat or Lateral Thinking tools will provide solutions during the Improve phase of the Six Sigma Project. Using Lateral Thinking tools like PO and Random words will generate creative ideas that will be Harvested systematically. In addition, Lateral Thinking techniques like Challenge will cut unnecessary costs to implement the solution, provide alternative solutions, or improve the projects processes.

Black Hat Thinking: Cautions and Difficulties

Six Thinking Hats: Black Hat Image
The Black Hat will improve the Define phase of the Six Sigma Project by classifying the VOC into Black Hats and Green Hats. Using the results from the Black Hat and Green Hat sessions, the team may use the DMADV project rather than DMAIC based on the potential problems and difficulties that were identified. 

Yellow Hat Thinking: Benefits and Feasibility

Six Thinking Hats: Yellow Hat Image
During the Improve phase of a Six Sigma Project, a Yellow Hat session will provide the strongest evidence for each of the team solutions so that the team can make the best business decision without bias. In addition, a Yellow Hat session will provide the differences between each solution which will give the team more confidence in their decisions.

Red Hat Thinking: Intuition and Feelings

Six Thinking Hats: Red Hat Image

The Red Hat provides each team member an opportunity to express their gut feelings about the Six Sigma Project and/or solutions in a short phrase or one word. The benefit from a Red Hat session is that each team member and stakeholder has a moment to express their concerns with the teams decision allowing them to buy-into the solution even if he or she does not agree with the solution. This is arguably one of the most powerful benefits of using the Six Thinking Hats.

Blue Hat Thinking: Process Control

Six Thinking Hats: Blue Hat Image
The Blue Hat is typically worn by the Master Black Belt on the Six Sigma Project. The Blue Hat session forces the team to focus on finding the best solutions while getting each team members input and buy-in to the team's solution.


There are many companies that have integrated the Six Thinking Hats with Six Sigma methodology to drive their companies business improvement and development. Using the Six Thinking Hats and Six Sigma together will bring clarity to the thought process during every Six Sigma project.

Monday, February 01, 2016

Elon Musk: 'Life has to be about more than just solving problems'

Elon Musk changed the public's view towards electric cars by breaking the mold of current electric cars by developing a beautiful, fast, luxurious car. This interview is a great description of innovation and creative thinking and must see by those who want to disrupt the status quo.

By de Bono Consulting

Monday, January 25, 2016

Real World Example of Using Six Value Medals

Team's Focus: Should ABC Company remove company cars? See Six Value Medals results below.

Silver: Cost savings

Gold: Eliminates the car's maintenance responsibilities on the driver and the process of buying and selling the cars.

Steel: Allows capital to be moved to other company needs

Wood: Makes the company more environmentally friendly because the company is sharing the employees' car's in order to complete the companies tasks

Brass: Shareholder's result in a net profit increase

Conclusion: Silver/Steel were the two most significant values. Gold/Wood/Brass were a low positive to neutral values. ABC Company's conclusion is to start removing company cars in order to increase shareholder's return on investment.

By de Bono Consulting

Monday, January 18, 2016

Six Thinking Hats Influence Sabrina Tan Decision

In a recent interview by Sonia Kolesnikov, Making Use of a Fresh Perspective, talks about Sabrina Tan's career and her move into Skin, Inc. During the interview, Sabrina Tan talks about her IBM experience and the training she received in presentation skills and the Six Thinking Hats. In the interview, Sabrina Tan mentions that IBM taught her how to use different thinking hats to solve problems and think outside the box which helped lead to her success.

How can the Six Thinking Hats make your business become a game changer within your markets? Does your company training give you the tools you need to make your company competitive and innovative within your industry?

Six Thinking Hats and Lateral Thinking are tools that will jump start your organization's innovative and creativity thinking to make you dominate your market niche.

By de Bono Consulting

Wednesday, January 13, 2016

Mark Cuban's Insights about Wisdom, Startups, and Innovation

Mark Cuban looks for entrepreneurs that are creative and innovative thinkers that will disrupt their industry. In my opinion, an entrepreneurs success will depend on his or her innovative ideas and how well he or she can execute those ideas. Does your company adhere to Mark Cuban's advice? If so, what tools does your company use to collect and execute its creativity and innovative ideas?

By de Bono Consulting

Tuesday, January 05, 2016

A Misconception about Six Thinking Hats!

Recently, I read an online post about someone's interpretation of the Six Thinking Hats process and the post fell into a misconception about the Six Thinking Hats. The post talked about how the Six Thinking Hats identifies each persons preferred thinking style and associates each thinking style with a colored hat. According to the post, The Six Thinking Hats were interpreted as follows:

Blue Hat: Big Picture Thinker
White Hat: Fact Thinker
Green Hat: Creative Thinker
Yellow Hat: Constructive or Positive Thinker
Black Hat: 'Devil's Advocate' or Negative Thinker
Red Hat: Intuition or Past Experience Thinker

Using the Six Thinking Hats in this manner is a misconception by those who did not have the proper training in the methodology. The Six Thinking Hats process does not classify or place each person into a hat but rather puts each hat on every person. The reason that Dr. Edward de Bono built a Six Thinking Hats Certification program was to ensure the proper use of the Six Thinking Hats process because the improper use destroys the power of the Six Thinking Hats.

Do you know how to use the power of the Six Thinking Hats?