Thursday, June 21, 2012

How Riding a Bike is Like the Six Hats Thinking Method

I am in Hilton Head Island, S.C. this week, so I'll keep this brief, but thoughtful (pun intended).

Over the past few days, I have been teaching my daughter Hannah to ride a two-wheel bike. As I have ridden along the miles of bike trails here on my own, I have powered past scores of pedestrians and it's made me think of what a great metaphor the bicycle is for the Six Hats method of thinking.

A bicycle is a tool for letting you use the muscles in your legs to move faster and with greater efficiency. It does that by using leverage and reducing friction. But whenever you're on a bike, you're only using your own power - unlike a car or motorcycle.

The Six Hats method is just like that. It uses only your own thought power, but reduces friction and leverages your thinking to allow you to get to where you want to go faster and in a more efficient manner.

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Anonymous Tom said...


A great analogy; however, there is second part of the story, the instructor or coach. When riding a bicycle, for the first time, having a good coach is critical to you learning to ride. We would all agree learning to ride a two wheeling is not a good DIY project neither is learning the Six Hats process.

Enjoy the time with the kids.

June 22, 2012 at 8:45 AM  

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