Before teaching other people using 6 hats, I found it is better to train myself that can turn into a mode of 6 hat thinking. Initially, it is better to use a simple thinking methodology, and add more details later during practice. I suggest the following for thinking any topic: ask feeling, ask benefits, ask disadvantages, ask for any potential new ideas, ask for any missing information and how to find, and finally get a summary. With my previous learning and experience in thinking, I tend to believe it is better to unite the aspects into one. This helps to create a resonance effect for the ideas interacting among the different aspects. Thus, for beginning, I believe simple is good, and do not spend too much time at one hat.
The above was the results of my thinking yesterday after some reading at Graeme's Ning sites. I also ordered the 6 hat CD and CoRT CD, which may allow me to get more details later.
I started the practice today. This was done to my children. I used the above simple sequence to discuss with them on issues they are facing today. The conversions were interesting, but I got one important finding.
I found while discussing with my children, I still need to focus on the content and still need to focus on the one-to-one interaction. Thus, the role of the teacher cannot be simplified from teaching methodology and content to only teaching methodology. But here, similar to teaching my graduate students, I expect my children will develop the 6 hat thinking methodology. I am hoping to see my children will start thinking the 6 aspects while dealing with their day-to-day issues, not just got some more thinking on the topics with my involvement. I am also trying to see how long this will take.
A side finding is that this approach resulted in a good interaction with the children. This may be an area that can be explored to find the values followed by developing the business opportunity.