Six thinking shoes - Change your point of view


This method will allow us to explore all perspectives to our challenge by wearing 6 different shoes one at a time to force us to move outside of our habitual thinking style. It's useful to have a lot of different point of view, avoid adversarial thinking and make better decisions.

  • The white shoes: information
  • The red shoes: intuition and feeling
  • The black shoes: risks, difficulties, problem
  • The yellow shoes: benefits, feasibility
  • The green shoes: new ideas, possibilities
  • The blue shoes: managing the thinking

This workshops is inspired by the work of Edward de Bono: the Six Thinking Hats
official website : http://www.edwdebono.com/






1. Blue shoes

How are we doing?
What is the subject? What are we thinking about? What is the goal? Can look at the big picture.
Reflect on this session.


  1. Wear your shoes, think and write down your ideas
  2. Look at other's ideas: discuss, comment and/or rate them

2. White shoes

What do we know?

Focus of facts and data when available - analyze past trends and extrapolate from historical data.


  1. Wear your shoes, think and write down your ideas
  2. Look at other's ideas: discuss, comment and/or rate them

3. Red shoes

What do we feel?
Focus on emotions and feelings - gut reaction.


  1. Wear your shoes, think and write down your ideas
  2. Look at other's ideas: discuss, comment and/or rate them

4. Black shoes

Why it won't work?
Focus on logical negative view - why ideas won't work. What are the risks, the difficulties, the problems?


  1. Wear your shoes, think and write down your ideas
  2. Look at other's ideas: discuss, comment and/or rate them

5. Yellow shoes

Why it will work?
Focus on logical positive view - benefits of a decision and the opportunities that arise from it.


  1. Wear your shoes, think and write down your ideas
  2. Look at other's ideas: discuss, comment and/or rate them

6. Green shoes

What else can we do?
Focus on Creative - out of the box thinking. What are the alternatives?


  1. Wear your shoes, think and write down your ideas
  2. Look at other's ideas: discuss, comment and/or rate them

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