I'm not talking about the literal colour of your hat (had you there for a second right?) So what am I talking about?
Have you ever been stuck in a situation by your own point of view, then someone else came along and effortlessly pointed out a solution to your problem? In fact it seems so obvious once they've said it, you wonder how on earth you didn't think of it in the first place? Maybe it was your Coach, maybe it was another player. Think about it, I'm sure you can recall a time when this has happened to you or a friend.
Or what about that member of your team that just can't seem to get on board with that idea, project or way of doing things. No matter how hard you try to explain, they just don't get it. It might cost you the championship, first place on the podium, or even hundreds of thousands of pounds in revenue on that work project.
TOP TIP If you can't identify that person on your team either 1) You have a superb team and no doubt you smash everything you do or 2) That person I'm talking about is probably you!
What I'm leading up to is this, back in 1986 creative thinking guru Edward de Bono presented his Thinking Hat's model. So what is that? Well, in Bono's model, each member of the team are assigned a temporary one-dimensional point of view of "Thinking Hat" . The six hats each have a colour and correspond to a unique point of view.
How does it work? The many angles of an idea or strategy is discussed by the members of the team. In a sporting or competition context, this "team" can be a team of coaches who want to map out strategy for the team of athletes. It could be the actual "team" who play in the arena of sport (i.e Football Captain and the players, or Crossfit teams) or it could be a combination of the Coaches and the athlete (i.e MMA Coaches and the fighter to map out fight strategy). Remember, the key thing is that all members of the group wear the same colour hat at the same time, and then work their way through each of the colours to get divergent points of view, so that the best possible solution can be created.
The Six Hats
Now as you transition to different hats and points of view, it's worth remembering to have a moderator to ensure that,
1) The team do not slip out of their "roles" and into different hats.
2) It doesn't all kick off, and you end up with scenario that looks like it was fresh out of a Resevoir Dogs script!