17 Dec 2003

If the cap fits …

At the end of yesterday’s meeting, Bernard handed out the hats to the people who he thought best represented the characteristics of de Bono’s different modes of thinking:

Janice was red because she works with her emotions,
Brenda was yellow with her positive outlook,
Ian was green because of his creative taste (in ties),
Tony was black in view of the cynicism he demonstrated,
I was white because I am neutral and the black had already gone.

I tried explaining the theory to the team. Thrush was interested, “Thinking in different ways can be very powerful. Very powerful.”

Tizzy was curious: “De Bono – isn’t he in U2?”

Barney, the Big Gay Bear, smirked: “Who wears the brown hat?”