I recently attended an excellent workshop hosted by Creative Huddle about creative leadership. During the workshop the subject of ‘thinking tools’ came up, and I was reminded of the fact of the importance of ‘thinking tools’ to help individuals and groups investigate complex problems..
Of particular interest was the value of asking ‘why’. For example, why are we making this product / providing this service / targeting this audience / using this approach? Often the ‘why’ is overlooked at great cost.
During the discussion I was reminded of a couple of useful thinking tools – Edward De Bono’s Six Thinking Hats, and Simon Sinek’s ‘Start With Why’. Both tools are explained well by my former colleague Damian Chapman: