“No man can think clearly when…”

“No man can think clearly when his fists are clenched.”

—George Jean Nathan, 20th century American drama critic and editor

Photo from Flickr by Colin Davis

Photo from Flickr by Colin Davis

If you have been reading The Quotable Coach blog for any length of time, you may know that one book I find highly useful is Six Thinking Hats by Edward De Bono, in which a color is assigned to each of the six ways to think about any issue:

White Hat Objective Thinking
Red Hat Emotional Thinking
Black Hat Negative Thinking
Yellow Hat Optimistic Thinking
Green Hat Creative Thinking
Blue Hat Orchestrative Thinking

The person referred to in this quote is probably using the black and red hats together, and is missing the clear and more effective approach of using all six hats at once.


Consider reading The Six Thinking Hats so that you and those in your professional and personal lives can reap the benefit of clear and collaborative thinking.

Reply to this message and I will be happy to send you a one-page summary of DeBono’s book. Simply put “Six Thinking Hats” in the subject line of your reply.