When giving an employee or project review, it is important to come at the issue from every possible angle. This can be accomplished by using the six thinking hats technique, which involves thinking about a situation from six different perspectives: blue, red, white, yellow, black, and green.
The first hat we will consider is the blue hat. This can be used to examine the objective facts of a situation. When analyzing performance data or other quantifiable results, this hat will help you see clearly what has worked and what has not.
Next is the red hat. This allows you to focus on your feelings and gut reactions as they relate to a given situation or person.
The next three hats - white, yellow, and black - allow for more creative brainstorming. They encourage us to think in new ways about potential issues and solutions.
Lastly, we come to the green hat. This allows us to consider what might be next for a particular employee or project under review - their goals for growth and other potentially transformative outcomes.
And then as always, we finish up with the blue hat again, to make sure we have covered all of our bases
This six thinking hats technique can be applied in a number of different ways, but it is particularly useful when trying to assess complex situations from multiple angles. By taking the time to consider every perspective, you are far more likely to identify potential problems early on and come up with creative solutions that will lead to lasting success.
It is through the use of these six hats that we can gain insight into all aspects of employee or project performance and chart a course forward that considers every possible angle of thought and consideration.
We recommend that the six hats are used in the following order in a performance review: