This video goes into the six thinking hats and how they apply to meetings. For example, remember to ask the quiet ones what they think—they are often the best listeners and thinkers.
- The best meetings get the best…out of all of the participants.…And I want to look at this in two ways,…with de Bono's thinking hats,…and also what to do about quiet people.…First, Edward de Bono and his hats.…He suggested that a good meeting,…particularly a problem solving one,…would involve a variety of thinking styles,…and that you could actually…allocate the styles out to people…in order to make sure that every style got used.…He called this wearing the different hats.…
Some people actually buy real colored hats and wear them,…but I don't think you need to go that far,…unless you want to.…I think you would just allocate…each imaginary hat to someone.…The most essential hat I think is the black hat.…This is the person who you ask to be the miserable one,…the person who has to think about what might go wrong.…And by allocating them the black hat,…whether it's real or imaginary,…you're giving them permission to be negative,…or at least cautious…about whatever the meeting is agreeing to.…
This prevents a common problem where groups of people…
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- Define the four types of meetings.
- Determine who needs to attend a meeting.
- Assess the ideal meeting duration.
- Produce reminders for successful meetings.
- Identify how to facilitate a successful meeting.
- Evaluate solutions for dealing with latecomers and common meeting problems.
- Assess if you should go to a meeting.
- Recognize how to make your voice heard.
- Plan remote or virtual meetings.