Mix Thirty-Six (Remix)

This has been a long process of iterative refinement, but I believe it has borne good fruit. In this post I take the Six Coats one by one and put them up against the Six Hats. I have been doing it the opposite way up to now, but I believe the best way to come up with new perspectives is to change your angle of approach. This is a long post, I hope you get something out of it. Personally, for the first time I took Zachman’s Framwork, Maslow’s Hierarchy of Needs, de Bono’s Six Thinking Hats, McLuhan’s Laws of Media, and Guy Kawasaki’s Art of the Start and wove them all together into a cohesive whole.

Take your website or any system and run through these questions. I talk about the world freely in these questions. When you create a website or blog that is what you are affecting.

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In the Six Hats, Six Coats metaphor, the Green Coat is the Motivational focus. The emphasis is upon goals.

Green Coat, Green Hat: Why are we meaningful? This is the motive behind your concept. This is the self-actualization goal. Why are you enhancing the world?

Green Coat, Yellow Hat: Why are we unique? This is the motive behind your context. This is the esteem goal. Why are you retrieving from the world?

Green Coat, White Hat: Why are we maximum value? This is the motive behind your logic. This is the belonging goal. Why are you ordering the world?

Green Coat, Black Hat: Why are we minimum cost? This is the motive behind your physics. This is the safety goal. Why are you obsolescing the world?

Green Coat, Red Hat: Why are we intuitive? This is the motive behind your mechanisms. This is the physiological goal. Why are you humanizing the world?

Green Coat, Blue Hat: Why are we convenient? This is the motive behind your operations. This is the existential goal. Why are you communicating with the world?

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In the Six Hats, Six Coats metaphor, the Yellow Coat is the Spatial focus. The emphasis is upon locations.

Yellow Coat, Green Hat: Where are we meaningful? This is the space of your concept. This is the self-actualization location. Where are you enhancing the world?

Yellow Coat, Yellow Hat: Where are we unique? This is the space of your context. This is the esteem location. Where are you retrieving from the world?

Yellow Coat, White Hat: Where are we maximum value? This is the space of your logic. This is the belonging location. Where are you ordering the world?

Yellow Coat, Black Hat: Where are we minimum cost? This is the space of your physics. This is the safety location. Where are you obsolescing the world?

Yellow Coat, Red Hat: Where are we intuitive? This is the space of your mechanisms. This is the physiological location. Where are you humanizing the world?

Yellow Coat, Blue Hat: Where are we convenient? This is the space of your operations. This is the existential location. Where are you communicating with the world?

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In the Six Hats, Six Coats metaphor, the White Coat is the Formal focus. The emphasis is upon information.

White Coat, Green Hat: What is meaningful? This is the form of your concept. This is the self-actualization information. What are you enhancing in the world?

White Coat, Yellow Hat: What is unique? This is the form of your context. This is the esteem information. What are you retrieving from the world?

White Coat, White Hat: What is maximum value? This is the form of your logic. This is the belonging information. What are you ordering in the world?

White Coat, Black Hat: What is minimum cost? This is the form of your physics. This is the safety information. What are you obsolescing in the world?

White Coat, Red Hat: What is intuitive? This is the form of your mechanisms. This is the physiological information. What are you humanizing in the world?

White Coat, Blue Hat: What is convenient? This is the form of your operations. This is the existential information. What are you communicating with the world?

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In the Six Hats, Six Coats metaphor, the Black Coat is the Functional focus. The emphasis is upon process.

Black Coat, Green Hat: How will we be meaningful? This is the function of your concept. This is the self-actualization process. How will you enhance from the world?

Black Coat, Yellow Hat: How will we be unique? This is the function of your context. This is the esteem process. How will you retrieving from the world?

Black Coat, White Hat: How will we be maximum value? This is the function of your logic. This is the belonging process. How will you order the world?

Black Coat, Black Hat: How will we be minimum cost? This is the function of your physics. This is the safety process. How will you obsolesce the world?

Black Coat, Red Hat: How will we be intuitive? This is the function of your mechanisms. This is the physiological process. How will you humanize the world?

Black Coat, Blue Hat: How will we be convenient? This is the function of your operations. This is the existential process. How will you communicate with the world?

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In the Six Hats, Six Coats metaphor, the Red Coat is the Personal focus. The emphasis is upon population.

Red Coat, Green Hat: Who are we meaningful to? This is the persona of your concept. This is the self-actualization population. Who are you enhancing in the world?

Red Coat, Yellow Hat: Who are we unique to? This is the persona of your context. This is the esteem population. Who are you retrieving from the world?

Red Coat, White Hat: Who are we maximum value to? This is the persona of your logic. This is the belonging population. Who are you ordering in the world?

Red Coat, Black Hat: What are we minimum cost to? This is the persona of your physics. This is the safety population. Who are you obsolescing in the world?

Red Coat, Red Hat: Who are we intuitive to? This is the persona of your mechanisms. This is the physiological population. Who are you humanizing in the world?

Red Coat, Blue Hat: Who are we convenient to? This is the persona of your operations. This is the existential population. Who are you communicating with in the world?

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In the Six Hats, Six Coats metaphor, the Blue Coat is the Temporal focus. The emphasis is upon occasion.

Blue Coat, Green Hat: When are we meaningful? This is the tempo of your concept. This is the self-actualization occasion. When are you enhancing the world?

Blue Coat, Yellow Hat: When are we unique? This is the tempo of your context. This is the esteem occasion. When are you retrieving from the world?

Blue Coat, White Hat: When are we maximum value? This is the tempo of your logic. This is the belonging occasion. When are you ordering the world?

Blue Coat, Black Hat: When are we minimum cost? This is the tempo of your physics. This is the safety occasion. When are you obsolescing the world?

Blue Coat, Red Hat: When are we intuitive? This is the tempo of your mechanisms. This is the physiological occasion. When are you humanizing the world?

Blue Coat, Blue Hat: When are we convenient? This is the tempo of your operations. This is the existential occasion. When are you communicating with the world?

That’s it. It has been a long haul and I am tired. I think it is obvious that this metaphor is portable to systems other than websites. I hope you can derive something from it.

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