6 Thinking Hats of Edward De Bono – A Practical Tool in Brainstorming Meeting


6 thinking hats of Edward de Bono is a great concept to help you do brainstorming in strategic meeting. While it heard like a funny concept, it hold an important notion on analysis and decision concept, which is “it is all about perspectives”. Edward de Bono history itself is very exciting to read and you can read it by yourself here.



The concept of the thinking hats is simple. There are 6 type of perspectives that we can use (later on wrote as “hat”), they are white hat, red hat, black hat, yellow hat, green hat, and blue hat. White hat means we are looking into the data. White hat process the problem logically, while red hat process the problem emotionally. Black hat attack the problem from defensive and cautious perspective, while yellow hat look the opportunity in a very positive state. Green hat means a creative thinking perspective. Green hat enforces you to think out of the box, out of ordinary. The blue hat resembles the position of the meeting leader, the one who decides when to change from one perspective (“hat”) to the other.


Experience Sharing

From my experience, this concept is very powerful, especially in brainstorming process. The blue hat (leader) can choose how we approach the problem. When the leader chooses to use white hat, we can see some pattern in data. Yet data is not the only matter, emotion possibly be the key to problem you seek, so the blue hat can change to the red hat mode and so on. Simply speaking, the blue hat is the key to unleash the team power as it is the leader who chooses which hat we’ll use for a while.


Further Study

Edward de Bono Website. http://www.edwdebono.com/

Six Thinking Hats. Mindtools. http://www.mindtools.com/pages/article/newTED_07.htm


[StudentsxCEOs] Knowledge from Mandiri Micro Retail Director (Mr. Budi Sadikin)


Just awhile, StudentsxCEOs team meets with Mr. Budi Sadikin, Managing Director of Micro and Retail in Bank Mandiri. In this 2 hours session, he shares some tips in living our professional lives.

Tips & Tricks

1. “Di atas langit masih ada langit”. Stay humble. You’re not the greatest person in the universe!

2. Pressure makes you stronger. Sometime we need pressure to improve ourselves.

3. In choosing your future career, choose the one that suit you well. Don’t make money as your only criteria as it will bring you more curse than benefit.

4. In decide a hard problem, use your heart!

5. Don’t be naive in working.

6. Teamwork is very important! Choose your team well. Pick people that are comfortable with you, not because they are star player only.

7. There will always be incline and decline in life

8. Learn how to forget embitterment.

9. be active in organization! You didn’t get executive level skills from schools.

10. Take time to hear how great people think! 1 hour of discussion with great people means 1 year of learning. Learn how he/she walk, speak, think, and engage!

11. Don’t build intellectual trap. Always respect others opinion! Never felt arrogant because of your achievement.

12. Leader in business must learn on how to explain hard corporate strategy into simple words, easy to understand.

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Join with StudentsxCEOs events are great experience for me. It is such a great chance to meet a CEO and learn directly from them. So, you guys who want to meet great CEOs like what we’ve experienced, check our website and Facebook fan page. There you can see an opportunity to apply as our guest star. Don’t miss the chance to become our guest stars J

[StudentsxCEOs] Knowledge from Indonesia Chevron CEO (Mr. Abdul Hamid Batubara)


Yesterday, StudentsxCEOs team meets with Mr. Abdul Hamid Batubara. As Chevron Indonesia current CEO, apart from what I’ve imagined before, he is a very humble person. He had many experience and values support him and guide him thru many decisions he took in his life. Last quickly, yet very inspiring. At least, we have taken this photo with him J


Mr Abdul Hamid Photo Session
Mr Abdul Hamid Photo Session



Mr. Abdul Hamid Batubara told us about his life history (graduate, apply in Caltex, promotion, problem, and much more). In his perspective, college students can pick one of these career paths, they are technical professional, supervisor, and executive. Each of them had their own difficulty and challenges. So how we choose? Choose the most exciting! If you perceive that the work is exciting and fun, you will accept problem as a challenge and do anything you can do to solve the problem. It makes you as a high achiever and open path for your further career.


Some tips in career

I am amazed from Mr. Abdul Hamid Batubara values and tips when we try to improve our career, they are:

  1. Improve the system

    Help the organization by improve the system! Do what you can to improve and help other people. Be an agent of change!

  2. Deliver results

    Perform well! We need to deliver results to our manager, therefore we must show that we are capable to deliver good results from our work.

  3. Be wise

    Be wise in every decision you take, keep humble and don’t forget to help your mates. Lack of wisdom means problem on future. Learn from past experiences, Mr. Abdul Hamid Batubara share that it is very important to improve our wisdom.



Chat with Mr. Abdul Hamid Batubara is such a great experience. Simply, his figure can be described in 3 points as kind, perseverance, and humble. He applied the values in his life and had a success afterward.


Join us

This is a great experience for me. It is such a great chance to meet a person that we usually saw in magazine. So, you guys who want to meet great CEOs like what I’ve experienced, check our website and Facebook fan page. There you can see an opportunity to apply as our guest star. Don’t miss the chance to become our guest stars J