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Thursday, December 9, 2010

7th Thinking Hat

My last post got me thinking a bit about where God fits into the "6 Thinking Hats" decision making model.  And after a friend of mine asked me directly, "How does a Christian follow the Thinking Hats system?"  I knew something was lacking. 

After some thought, I believe another "hat is lacking. 
Hat number 7. 
The color of this hat is purple,  Named after the King of Kings. 
This hat is where you search the Bible for God's Wisdom, dedicate the entire process to prayer, and include Godly men and women into your decision(s)

Without this "hat" I believe De Bono's system is lacking.  Not everything in life can be figured out with man's wisdom.  And many times, God may lead you or I to do something that goes against conventional wisdom. 

The examples of this are overflowing from the Scriptures ... here are two:
-Moses leaving behind his lavished lifestyle in Egypt to obey God and then go back and command the Pharaoh to "let the people of Israel free."
-The Apostle Paul leaving behind a life of prestige and glory to follow a newly formed group of folks who follow after Jesus Christ. 

In both instances, The 6 Thinking Hats would have failed to accomplish God's will.  So whether you are making a decision as an individual, or find yourself in a team setting,  always remember to put on the 7th Hat.  For without it, you will be lacking the most important decision making aspect of all...God's guidance. 

-Proverbs 1: 7 "The fear of the LORD is the beginning of knowledge,

but fools despise wisdom and instruction. "

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