Different Specs , Different Thinking Modes

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Hi guys welcome back my another episode of blog post . Please do read my every blog post completely and do comment  , share and subscribe . There are situations in our life in which we fall in dilemma or get confuse , don’t know what  to do ahead . A problem have many solutions  but it does happen on your thoughts so that you can choose which solutions is suit best the situation under consideration.


 So the question is how does your thoughts get form , it will vary from individual to individual depending on their personality , values , knowledge, perceptions and their life experience. Albert Szent-Györgyi once said, “Discovery consists of seeing what everybody has seen and thinking what nobody has thought.”


 Do you know our thought has a it’s own energy and impact that is why if you intensely desire anything and do hard work regardless of failures , surely you will achieve it one day .


The main difficulty of thinking is confusion. We try to do too much at once.

Emotions, information, logic, hope and creativity all crowd in on us. It is like

juggling with too many balls.


 See as I said above perception is one of the factor which influence our thoughts . For example suppose there is a beautiful house and there are four person standing towards the house on north , east ,west and south directions and  looking towards this house. If we ask this four person to describe about the house they will tell about the house on their perceptions  that is they will tell the four types of judgements on their  perceptions . In real they are telling truth but only a part of the truth .


 So before taking any decisions in our life think from all sides and consider all factors relevant our decision. How to make it possible to think from all angles that’s the question I know and this blog post will give answer to this question  “DIFFERENT  SPECS , DIFFERENT THINKING MODES”. Ok let’s have look how to think differently in a situation in our life under various colour specs . To indicate different modes of thinking consider  six color specs such as White , Red ,  Black ,Yellow , Blue and Green. Ok let’s start with our white color .




white color specs is all about facts and information we had or we need to have . That is in particular situation we need to know more about by getting information and facts from various sources relevant to the issue under consideration . In other words  the white colour specs suggests paper and computer print-outs. The white colour specs means ‘information’.


When the white colour specs is in use everyone is focusing on information. It is no longer the usual matter of one person saying something and another person disagreeing. When the white colour specs is in use, everyone is focusing on information in parallel.


Think of paper, think of a computer printout. The white colour  specs is about information. When the white colour specs is in use, everyone focuses directly and exclusively on information.

what do we know?

What information do we have?

What information do we need?

What information is missing?

What questions do we need to ask?

How are we going to get the information we need?


The information can range from hard facts and figures that can be checked

to soft information like opinions and feelings. If you express your own

feeling, that is red colour specs, but if you report on someone else expressing a feeling,that is white colour specs.


The white colour specs is usually used towards the beginning of a thinking session as a background for the thinking that is going to take place. The white colour specs also can be used towards the end of the session as a sort of assessment. Do our proposals fit in with the existing information? The white colour specs is neutral.


 The white colour specs reports on the world. The white colour specs is not for generating ideas though it is permissible to report on ideas that are in use or have been suggested. A very important part of the white colour specs is to define the information that is missing and needed.


The white colour specs defines the questions that should be asked. The white colour specs lays out the means (such as surveys and questionnaires) for obtaining the needed information. Remember in white color thinking mode collect all the relevant information’s , facts and figures before taking any decisions in our life.





Red colour specs represents our feelings ,emotions and intuitions . In some cases it suit best but not in all cases. 

This is a very important colour. In normal thinking your feelings and emotions

are not supposed to come in. Of course, the emotions do come in ,  in a normal business discussion you are not supposed to allow your emotions to enter in. They enter in anyway you merely disguise them as logic.


So if emotions are not allowed they influence all the thinking offered. The red colour specs allows emotions and feeling. The red colour specs legitimizes emotions and gives them a formal place .I do not like this idea at all.

My feeling is that this simply will not work.

My intuition is that raising the price will destroy the market.

My gut feeling is that this is highly dangerous.

I feel it is a waste of time.

I feel this is the right person for the job.

I feel this is a risky venture.

My intuition tells me that this explanation is too complex.


Under the red colour specs  a range of feelings can be expressed enthusiastic, ‘love it’, ‘like it’, neutral, uncertain, doubtful, mixed, unhappy, ‘don’t like it’, and

so on. The expression of feeling may vary from culture to culture. Do you know in  Japan, feelings are expressed in a very low-key way ‘I must think about it.’ where as in the United States, more robust feelings are expressed: ‘That is a lousy idea.’


There is no need to explain or justify the feelings. Indeed, that should never

be permitted by the head of the meeting. If people think that they have to validate their feelings, they will put forward only feelings that can be validated. So no explanation should be allowed.


In every case, just express the feelings as they exist at that moment. The reason for this is that in many cases the reasons behind the feelings are not clearly known (as in intuition) and therefore people would not put forward their feelings if they could not give reasons, so no reasons should be given – even if the reasons are known.

Intuition can be based on experience in the field. For instance:

My intuition is that she is the right person for the job.

My intuition is that the costs on this project will escalate rapidly.

My intuition is that there are internal office politics behind that decision.

My intuition is that the economy will start to turn up in the next quarter.


The red colour specs is always done on an individual basis. Every individual present at the meeting is asked in turn for his or her red specs feeling on the issue under discussion. Individuals should not be allowed to say ‘pass’ when they are asked for their red colour specs feelings.


They can use terms like neutral, undecided, confused, doubtful or mixed. If feelings are defined as mixed, then the facilitator may ask what goes into the mix. The purpose of the red colour specs is to express feelings as they exist  not to force a judgement.


Intuition is a complex judgement. The thinker may not even be aware of all the

components that go into the judgement. Intuition is often right, but not always. When they told the great Einstein about Heisenberg’s Uncertainty Principle, Einstein replied that his intuition was that nature did not work that way and that ‘God did not play dice’. It seems Einstein’s intuition was wrong. In the end I got conclude that intuition can only be based on personal experience and personal thinking.


Remember the red colour specsis always applied to a specific idea or situation. The thinker is not permitted to change the idea.



The black colour specs indicates the caution , drawbacks , losses and risk assessment  about the problem ,issue or situation you are facing. The black colour specs is the basis of ‘critical thinking’. The word ‘critical’ comes from the Greek ‘kritikos’, which means judge, and critical thinking is judgment thinking , is this right or is it wrong?. For example An animal has to learn which fruits are poisonous and to read the danger signs of a predator.




In order to survive we need to be cautious. We need to know what to avoid. We need to identify what is not going to work. That is how we survive. One silly mistake and we could be wiped out no matter how creative we might be.


The black colour specs is an excellent colour specs and probably the most useful of all the colours. The black colour specs stops us from doing things that are wrong, illegal or dangerous.I prefer to use the word ‘caution’ with the black colour. In  Other words it  might be ‘careful’ or ‘risk assessment’ and we can ask ourselves

‘Does this fit?’

Does this fit our values?

Does this fit our resources?

Does this fit our strategy and objectives?

Does this fit our abilities?



Because the black colour specs may point out dangers, faults and problems, it does not make it a ‘bad colour’. A doctor who deals with illness is not therefore a bad person. The lookout on a ship who indicates that there are reefs ahead is an excellent person. The black colour specs can be used in a number of different ways:

to indicate a fault in logic

to point out incorrect information

to point out faults and weaknesses

to point out why something does not fit

to point out the ‘downside’

to point out potential problems


Remember always the black colour specs covers all ‘caution’ aspects. And  there are people who overuse the black colour specs and who spend all their time trying to find fault. The fault is not in the black colour specs but in the abuse, overuse or misuse of the black colour specs . Ok let explore other colour specs .



Yellow colour specs is just opposite of black colour specs that is optimism,benefits and values are some of the examples of this colour. Under the yellow colour specs we look for values, benefits and why something should work. This positive aspect of thinking is largely neglected. We need to develop ‘value sensitivity’.


Value sensitivity means looking at something with the intention of finding

the values in it. We are very ready to find fault  but not at all ready to find

value. The bias is entirely towards the negative. Under the yellow colour specs major insights can happen.


 People suddenly see values they have never seen before. There can be sudden revelations about values which are not very obvious. The yellow colour specs invites everyone to make an effort to find value. For example Suppose someone is very much against an idea which has been proposed. 



Under the black colour specs that person points out all the dangers and disadvantages of the idea.


 Then it is the turn of the yellow colour specs and everyone is supposed to find values. If that person cannot see any value in the idea but everyone else can, then that person is seen to be stupid.


 If everyone can see value, why can you not see value? This is very different from argument, where you make no effort at all to find value in an idea you do not like. Under the yellow colour specs every thinker is ‘challenged’ to find value. In argument you show off by winning arguments, by attacking the other point of view and defending your own.


With parallel thinking you show off by performing better under every colour. So under the black colour specs you think of more caution points than anyone else, and under the yellow colour specs you think of more value points than anyone else. In this way all the brain power available is seeking to explore the subject honestly and thoroughly.


 It is no longer a matter of making a case or winning an argument. In practice, the difference between the two approaches is huge.


Yellow colour specs thinking is very much concerned with bringing things about.Yellow colour specs thinking may be concerned with taking an idea that is used elsewhere and putting it to work.


Yellow colour specs thinking may be concerned with generating alternative approaches to a problem. Yellow colour specs thinking may even define opportunities. But yellow colour specs thinking is not concerned with changing concepts or perceptions. That is the business of green colour specs thinking.


Remember  be always optimistic / positive / find values ,opportunities in the problem or issues under consideration . In short  think in yellow colour specs always. Shall we move to Green colour.




Green colour specs is for creativity , innovations,alternatives and choices . In short you can think under green specs about alternatives ,choices ,possibilities and new ideas or new way of doing things with least consequences.


The green colour specs is the productive colour specs. The green colour specs is the generative colour specs. The green colour specs is the creative colour specs.


Under the green colour  specs we put forward new ideas. Under the green colour  specs we lay out options and alternatives. These include both the obvious alternatives and fresh ones. Under the green colour specs we seek to modify and improve suggested ideas.




The black and yellow colour  specss are judgement colour  specs. The white colour  specs asks for information. The red colour  specs asks for feelings, emotions and intuition. The green colour  specs asks for ideas, alternatives, possibilities and designs.

What can we do?

 What are the alternatives?

Why did this happen?

What are the possible explanations?


The chairman might say: ‘We need some new ideas here.’ Or ‘Let’s have both the obvious alternatives and some new ones.’ Or ‘We need some green colour  specs thinking right here.


Under the green colour  specs there is a time, place and expectation for creative

thinking. Everyone is challenged and ‘put on the spot’. You are required to make

a creative effort and a creative contribution. The deliberate allocation of time to creative effort is very important. It acknowledges that creativity is a key ingredient in thinking.


Just as black colour  specs thinking can pinpoint a fault and leave it to green colour  specs thinking to correct the fault, so yellow colour  specs thinking can define an opportunity and leave it to green colour  specs thinking to come up with some novel way of exploiting that opportunity.


Under the green colour  specs you are permitted to put forward ‘possibilities’.

Possibilities play a much bigger role in thinking than most people believe.

Without possibilities you cannot make progress.


Those who believe that progress arises from the analysis of information and

steps of logical deduction are totally wrong. Without the framework of

possibilities we cannot even see the information in new ways.



People who would never have interjected a creative idea into a serious meeting now find that when creativity is an ‘expectation’ they can produce new ideas.


These may be ideas that are in use elsewhere. They may be new ideas that a

person has had for some time. They may be new ideas that are produced there

and then through natural creativity. They may be new ideas produced through the formal and deliberate use of lateral thinking tools such as provocation and

random entry, for instance.


If the green colour  specs has produced lots of ideas and possibilities, there may not be enough time at that session to consider them all. The red colour  specs may then be used to pick out those ideas that seem to fit a particular frame. For instance, the frame might be ‘low-cost ideas’ or ‘ideas that are easy to test’. The other ideas might be dealt with later. In this way the energy of the green colour  specs may still be used in a practical way.



Remember Once the habit of creativity has been established with the green colour  specs, it is surprising how productive it can be.


Under blue colur specs we think more about categorizing , organizing ,prioritizing and controlling on each phase of the process under consideration.

For example the blue colour  specs is like the conductor of the orchestra. The conductor gets the best out of the orchestra by seeing that what should be done is done at the right time.


 The blue colour  specs is like the ringmaster of a circus. The blue colour  specs is for the management of thinking. The blue colour  specs is for the organization of thinking. The blue colour  specs is for process control.


Typically the blue colour  specs is worn by the facilitator, chairperson or leader of the session. This is a permanent role. In addition, during a specific blue colour  specs session, anyone can make procedural suggestions.


I think now you get some idea about blue colour  specs ok , let’s further explore it. The main job under blue colour  specs is to organise the other colour  specs and to organize the thinking.


At the beginning of the discussion the blue colour  specs has two main functions. The first of these is defining the focus and purpose.



What are we here for? What are we thinking about? What is the end goal?

The blue colour  specs at the beginning defines the focus. There may be a consideration of alternative focuses or even sub-focuses. Everyone can take part in this discussion with suggestions and opinions. In the end the chairman of the

session makes the decision.


The blue colour  specs’s second function at the beginning is to lay out the sequence of colour  specs for the session. Again this can be a matter for discussion. What sequence of colour  specs are we going to use? .


During the discussion itself the blue colour spec has largely a control function. For example: We are in the yellow colour spec right now, your remark is rather black colour spec.’ Under the red colour spec you just express your feelings, you do not give the reasons behind the feelings. This is green colour spec time. We need some new ideas.


The blue colour  specs can also adjust the sequence of colour  specs that has been pre-set. For example, if the red colour spec shows that most people dislike the idea then the black colour spec can be placed next to allow people to explain their dislike. So small changes in the sequence are made under the blue colour specs.


At the end the blue colour specs has an important function. The blue colour specs puts together the outcome, the summary, the conclusion and the design. What have we achieved?



If nothing has been achieved then the reason for this can be put forward: ‘We

need more information in this area.’ Or: ‘There is a lack of suggestions as to

ways out of this mess.’


The blue colour specs also lays out the next step at the end. This next step could take the form of more thinking or of action. If additional information is needed then ways of getting this new information are decided upon.


Ok guys these are different thinking modes under different specs.



Hope you enjoy this post very much don’t forget to share among your friends circles and do comment and subscribe . There is one thing I want to say about this post is , if you want to know more about this blog post please do read Dr . Edward de bono’s book “Six thinking colour  specs” .


You can find the link of this book anywhere in this post . That’s why I always request you every one please do read consciously so that you can take more from my blog posts. Ok guys have a nice day and wish you all the very best ,take care bye bye .


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