Posted by | December 29, 2011 | Thursday Thoughts | No Comments

Who is your hero and why?

This feature will be a series of questions for you to ponder, just one every Thursday.  Join in and play along, you will discover things about yourself every time you take part.

I shall loosely base this series on the 6 thinking processes from De Bono, in that each week I will pose a question from a different thinking perspective. I promise you, you will be able to answer some questions much more easily and speedily than others and there are definitely no right or wrong answers.  Its not a test!

Because we all have a preference for one thinking process (perspective) within which our thinking is grounded, pushing yourself to think of answers posed fr
om a different perspective is fantastic exercise for the psychological mind!  The more fluent you become in it, the more rounded, prepared, and effective a team member you become 🙂

This week, we begin with a Green Hat type of question.  This is because it’s my own preferred thinking process. So here goes:

Who is your hero and why?

Take part by returning a comment below and I will discuss the technique as we go along via comments.

Enjoy and remember, this is about practicing seeing things from different perspectives.

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  • Aresko says:

    Mine is Rosa Parks: plucky, brave, quiet, high impact, did the right thing for the right reasons which I always admire over going with the popular voice, going against the rub of the time, a leader not a follower, a believer, never gave up, small but hugely significant. Sadly missed!

    So as I said, my preference is for Green Hat thinking and this is predominantly about creative thinking. It leads on expressing expressions of growth and focusses on possibilities, alternatives and new ideas. It’s a lateral thinking process and likes provocation, hypotheses and the vision in things. Greens like the opportunity to express new concepts, new perceptions and new ideas and are often linked to teaching in some way or form.

    Hypotheses are about the way we see things and being influential in expressing them and are often accompanied by statements of provocation and investigation, seeing where that particular thought goes.

    What about your hero statement? Share away!

  • Georgie Agass says:

    Maya Angelou. So articulate, talented, passionate, and committed. Plus a saucy mind, saying things you don’t expect from a lady in her 80s.

    Sounds like a preference for Red Hat thinking processes from our FB contact here. Red Hats think in terms of fire and warmth. They have instinctive gut reactions or statements of emotional feeling (but sometimes lacks strong justification). Red Hats signify feelings, hunches, and intuition and are often quiet but deeply principled and passionate team members who hold strong values on certain issues, and thats what I’m seeing in this hero particular statement 🙂

  • Sarah Gant says:

    I’m not sure about hats or heroes but there are two people in history I admire who might lead the discussion in a different direction. Firstly I.K. Brunel who achieved what everybody thought was impossible, finding beautiful, elegant solutions to the engineering problems of the day. Also, Shakespeare. His understanding of human emotions endure today and he helped shape the language we use every day.

  • Linda Matthew says:

    So many heros and heroines and people I admire but…..Joan of Arc. What a strong, intelligent, principled and brave young woman; during her short life she fought all manner of challenges, was accused of witchcraft by the church, tried and burned at the stake only to be declared innocent at a later date.
    “One life is all we have and we live it as we believe in living it. But to sacrifice what you are and to live without belief, that is a fate more terrible than dying.” – Joan of Arc

    Her life reminds me a little of Aung San Suu Kyi………

  • Aresko says:

    Thanks Sarah. Nice green hat, highly creative people here. Both pushed the boundaries in their fields. Shakespeare for sure often produced provocative concepts in his writings (for the time).

    Brunel and impossibilities is interesting. Elements of yellow in there with positive, optimist, glass half full traits. Its generally thought that this is very under-developed in the western world so, and in line with what is generally considered about Brunel, he was ahead of his time in very many ways.

    Thanks for joining in, keep checking back for more Thursday Thoughts!

  • Aresko says:

    Joan of Arc, tangled one 🙂 Some might see this as black hat – being Devil’s advocate and highly evaluative, even raising caution. If so, its the most powerful and useful hat (team member) because it tries to keep everyone else grounded in reality. Caution on over-use in moderation!

    I also see flashes of red in there – liking the emotional statement attachment which shows warmth and high intuition. This would be a very accommodating team member who is (relatively) quiet but hugely contributory.

  • Peggy Edwards says:

    One of my heros is Prof Jonathon Gray, he managed to inspire not only a team but also a nation to change and improve the quality of care we deliver. His humble approach to acknowledging and respecting the skills in others whilst at the same time challenging the staus quo certainly changed my approach and outlook to change.

  • Aresko says:

    Have you told Jonathon this Peggy? You should! Leaders need to know they are valued and useful too 🙂 Jonathon was very prone to blue thinking – in that he was a ringmaster and you certainly saw him as such too. Blue thinking predispositions have focus, think about next steps, have action plans and are good at summarising what decisions have been made along the way. Sounds like Jonathon very much don’t you think? Invaluable to a team as others will focus on the subject whilst this one maintains the overview. Very much a leader.

  • Stuart Davidson says:

    Same answer as on Twitter: ‘Doyle Brunson for longevity in such a tough environment. And may I say Dad for the same reason? :)’

  • Aresko says:

    Nice yellow hat response there Stuey. Yellow thinking processes are laden with positive points and judgements. Usually glass half full types of thoughts. Positive thoughts that seek harmony and probe for value. I’m sure you can include Dad too – he’d be delighted. All sons should cite their Dad as their hero at some time – no matter how tongue in cheek they are being 🙂
    Love Mum

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