Michael Hewitt Gleeson has decided to take issue with the following except:
"I followed up with a rebuke ridiculing the idea tha he was the author of the
Six Thinking Hats. This comment was not published."
Mr Hewitt Gleeson objects that I am saying that he is claiming that he wrote the book. Of course I didn't but just to please him I will restate these points more clearly:
1. I have no knowledge of the de Bono/Hewitt Gleeson controversy that is not in the public domain, and any statement I make on the matter is therefore merely my interepretation and opinion.
2. I believe that Edward de Bono is the originator of the concept "Six Thinking Hats" because it is in keeping with his style of thinking and writing. There are strong parallels with his earlier work eg. PMI maps roughly to Yellow, Black and Green hats.
3. I have read Michael Hewitt Gleeson's writings (a book, parts of his website) and attended half of one seminar. I do not find any similarity in Mr Hewitt-Gleeson's work and the contents of the book, "The Six Thinking Hats."
4. Hewitt-Gleeson states on his web site that he has invented a seventh hat, the "Grey Hat of Wisdom." My opinion, having read this article, is that if HG had even a basic understanding of the Six Thinking Hats concept he would not have offered this last hat: To use just one example, the hats have moods, you put yourself in a Yellow Hat mood to see benefits. You would never put yourself in a "Wisdom" mood.
5. I suspect Michael Hewitt Gleeson may well have suggested coloured thinking caps to Edward de Bono at some point, but so what? The hats are meaningless without the words to explain them. Does Ford owe a royalty payment to every kid who suggests that their next model go faster?
From the phrase you quote: "I followed up with a rebuke ridiculing the idea tha he was the author of the Six Thinking Hats" I do not receive the message that (you are making the claim that) HG thinks he is the author of the book. He can claim to be the author of the idea if he wants and pursue that battle elsewhere. For our purposes here, Blind Freddy can see that EdB wrote the book the "Six Thinking Hats" because it has the name Edward de Bono on the cover. Actually, it was in fact Blind Freddy Fuck-knuckle who lives 3 doors up the road from Wanda the Fish who suggested to Edward that coloured hats might appeal to 6 year olds.
Phil: To use just one example, the hats have moods, you put yourself in a Yellow Hat mood to see benefits. You would never put yourself in a "Wisdom" mood.
Seen this way, it would appear Michael has succeeded only in re-inventing the hH. The hH (Blue) implies a certain element of wisdom in itself because it is the Hat most used by the chairperson who usually (though not exclusively) suggests avenues of exploration via Hats sequences. The hH is in some ways the Ringmaster's Hat although others can also put it on and lead with it. In fact, formal Hats sessions don't technically work at all without a chairperson. This is because the Wisdom Hat (Blue Hat or hH) affords the greatest advantage to those seeking to control the subject exploration! Even in a chaired Hats meeting, you have to be careful that the chairperson isn't manipulating the discussion via the hH. That's why I say that Wisdom is already implied in Blue Hat Thinking. If only Graeme Allan were with us, he would be shedding more light on this.
Do you know in what order they were decided upon?