The Rainbow of Thinking Revisited

The Rainbow of Thinking Revisited

The idea of this buzz generated in my mind while reviewing Edward de Bono’s Six Hats Thinking Technique. Each color of the hats represents a mode of thinking. I drew them in the image below.

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Rainbows appear in seven colors because water droplets break white sunlight into the seven colors of the spectrum (red, orange, yellow, green, blue,indigo, violet). Why six hats and not seven hats as rainbows have seven colors? Why use the white hat knowing that it breaks to other colors? What colors can we add to the hats to complete the rainbow of thinking?

The above-mentioned questions developed into other questions. Questions are the pillars of thinking. We developed the 5- whys questions from the why question. We branched the what question to what, so what and now what and these three questions are the columns of reflective thinking. We introduced The Golden Circle to accommodate the why, how and what questions. I represent these questions in the figure below to show the interactions of questions that govern our thinking and color it with different colors.

db694bf7.jpgThe question of starting the golden circle from the circumference (what question) inwards to reach the why question might not lead to the same result as proceeding from the core why question towards the what question. This is because of the hysteresis loop formation as is shown in the image below. For explanations, you may refer to my post here.

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                                                                             The hysteresis of the Golden Circle
In all above-mentioned question the color of senses is absent. Senses precede our thinking and influence it. Therefore, the introduction of the OTHER Loop by Rod King, Ph.D. was a welcome contribution. OTHER is an acronym for Observe, Think, Hypothesize, Experiment, Reflect. You can see that reflect is the last stage of thinking in this loop.

74fbb5a6.jpgThe time to be spent on each “layer” of the OTHER loop was discussed by me on LinkedIn. I proposed a Fibonacci-based arrangement of the five blocks of the OTHER Loop as the image below demonstrates.

The Fibonacci-based loop suggests that the maximum time should be devoted on reflecting what we have done before. The presentation generated great discussions and it deemed of interest to me to represent it here for possible more fruitful discussions.

Our senses and discussions interact and shape our thinking. It is the understanding of this complexity that shall guide us to new discoveries and observing emerging phenomena.

Your thoughts are valued.


This buzz was published, but sadly it disappeared from my profile. In the one day it was available it had more than 1200+ views and 35 comments. I republish to give it a second chance for exposure and documentation. So as not to confuse this buzz with the disappearing one I renamed it by adding the word revisited.

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Ali 🐝 Anani, Brand Ambassador @beBee

#13
Your concept is solid and is well-understood dear Clau Valerio. Thank you. You are a deep thinker.

Ali 🐝 Anani, Brand Ambassador @beBee

#11
أHello Lyon- please tag me when you publish

Lyon Brave L

Lyon Brave

2 years ago #9

mhmhmhm..

Ali 🐝 Anani, Brand Ambassador @beBee

#9
Thank you and I appreciate your thoughts and engagement. I am thinking of including your image (with due acknowledgement) in a forthcoming buzz.

Harvey Lloyd

Harvey Lloyd

2 years ago #7

#8
I sent you an email expanding your graphic, for your review and thought.

Ali 🐝 Anani, Brand Ambassador @beBee

This is a comment of wisdom. I refer to your writing "Intersecting our flash memory before it reaches the audible levels is key to understanding and wisdom. It is a habit that once forms gives the ability to be successful...". We either spiral up with this wisdom, or fall in the trap of a downward spiral that would drain us of wisdom. So much to digest from this thoughtful comment.

Harvey Lloyd

Harvey Lloyd

2 years ago #5

Even the second time around this buzz evokes so much thought as we approach actionable decisions. The one thought i had is what would the opposite of this delicate process be? It would appear that the monkey brain to mouth is a high speed connection at very high resolution. This is what the various graphics you depict are trying to intersect pre mouth movement. Intersecting our flash memory before it reaches the audible levels is key to understanding and wisdom. It is a habit that once forms gives the ability to be successful, in spite of ourselves. The processes you discuss so vividly here describe a volume knob being turned up slowly to insure the right level of wisdom is distributed. When we experience change in our perceptions we should utilize the thought processes described here. I would think though that we would need an actionable conclusion within the loop. That moment every leader comes to that after pursuing all channels of thought, commitment and then action to the teams thought. I have witnessed that the loop of hats or fractal can become a closet of existence. Never getting to commitment or action. The loop itself becomes a comfort zone. Not sure where you would add this component of the process. We enter the loop of wisdom seeking with a presumption of exiting. Sometimes i think the exit can become scary as it causes commitment to solution.

Ali 🐝 Anani, Brand Ambassador @beBee

#5
Thank you Tania Cabrera and I am moved by your kind words and appreciation. Yes, this is an interesting topic and leads a lot of ground to cover it. This buzz builds on a previous buzz that offers more explanations. I hope in my next buzz to cover more ground. https://www.bebee.com/producer/@ali-anani/hunting-for-understanding

Ali 🐝 Anani, Brand Ambassador @beBee

Lloyed Holland- welcome to this platform and I invite you to share your ideas here on beBee as well. I am glad you find the buzz pertinent to your needs.

Ali 🐝 Anani, Brand Ambassador @beBee

Thank you dear Debasish Majumder as you show all colors of help and appreciation for others.

Debasish Majumder

Debasish Majumder

2 years ago #1

lovely buzz sir Ali \ud83d\udc1d Anani, Brand Ambassador @beBee! in human spectrum this seven colors have an amazing impact! we are humane and do have avid love for your unique buzz. enjoyed read and shared. thank you for the buzz sir.

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