Six Thinking Hats

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Industrial Grinders currently manufactures and sells steel rings along with the machines they also manufacture and sell through another division of the company. Having recently discovered that their competitor is selling plastic rings that serve the same purpose, lasts longer and are cheaper than the steels rings they produce; Industrial Grinders has decided to manufacture plastic rings. Lawrence Bridgeman, general manager of the German plant, has to determine whether or not he should scrap a large quantity of steel, manufacture and sell both steel and plastic rings or continue to manufacture and sell steel until their stock of steel is used up. In order to make this decision, it is essential that Lawrence implement critical thinking and decision making strategies among other resources. There are a lot of details to consider in regards to this decision, such as the value of the remaining steel, the amount of steel rings on hand, the cost of the industrial machines, and how much money would be needed to produce the plastic rings inclusive of the necessary tools and equipment. With gathering all the necessary information Lawrence would be using the white hat from the Six Thinking Hats process, an important and prevailing technique that allows a person to look at decisions from a number of important perspectives. This procedure provides a well-rounded view of a situation, forcing you to move outside your habitual thinking style. Colored hats are used as metaphors for each direction. Switching to a direction is symbolized by the act of putting on a colored hat, either literally or metaphorically. These metaphors allow for a more complete and elaborate separation of the thinking directions. Information, Emotions, Discernment, Optimistic Response, and Creativity, The six thinking hats indicate problems and solutions about an idea the thinker may come up with. If…...

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