From Now On

Vol 5 . . . No 2 . . . October, 1995


Beware purple hat thinking

Most organizations are inclined to greet new ideas with scorn, doubt and derision. In his Six Thinking Hats, Edward deBono has named six kinds of thinking done by groups, one of which is purple hat thinking - the critical and doubtful questioning which tends to kill off innovation and discourage all but the most avid boat-rockers. If you wish to see new ideas rise to the surface, flourish and bloom, you need to keep purple hat thinking in its proper place.

*de Bono uses the color "black," thereby adding to the majority culture's negative portrayal of the color. I have substituted purple to express the judgment.

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