"The Factual Hat": The white hat represents information gathering. Think about the knowledge and insights that you've collected already – but also the information you're missing, and where you can go to get it.
"The Hat for the Heart": This hat represents feelings and instincts. When you're engaged in this type of thinking, you can express your feelings without having to justify them logically.
"The Judges Hat": This hat is about being cautious and assessing risks. You employ critical judgment and explain exactly why you have concerns.
"The Optimist's Hat": With yellow hat thinking, you look at issues in the most positive light possible. You accentuate the benefits and the added value that could come from your ideas.
"The Creative Hat": The green hat represents creative thinking. When you're "wearing" this hat, you explore a range of ideas and possible ways forward.
"The Conductor's Hat": When you or your team are in blue hat mode, you focus on controlling your thinking and managing the decision-making process. You have an agenda, ask for summaries, and reach conclusions.