Starting something or feeling stuck? Use these questions to see it in new ways—one or all of them can move you forward.
Make some space & start exploring
Just make some space—on paper, board, screen, in your head or a conversation. Or use a worksheet or app in resources.
Dive into these 5 powerful questions.
Go wherever moves you forward! Let all your thoughts out. If you're not sure, just add a "?" mark and keep going to find out. You can always go back.
Or follow the numbers. A way to remember: think “POPIE”: People, Observations, Principles, Ideas, Experiments and back to what happens for all involved (#1&2). Whatever you name these things, they're what move you forward in any situation.
Ask the questions again and again. Explore different who, what, when, why, how. Question and change things.
E.g. What's happening? Why? Why? What else is happening?
Tap into another of your or others' Ten+ Tools (below).
E.g. What if I look, listen, or feel? Learn what others do, think, feel? Draw, move, or make? See what my heart or gut says?
Use the other spaces.
E.g. What observations are behind the ideas I have? What happened from experiments I tried before?
Tips for groups
Try this so that everyone is able to contribute and move forward together.
- For each question, everyone takes a couple of minutes to collect their own thoughts on stickies or slips of paper. They just put one thought on each sticky/slip, using as many as they need to.
- Then 1 person shares just what they wrote for just one thought and puts it down. Others with the same thought just put it down with the first (or writes a +1 on it).
- Someone else share s 1 thought, and so on till all the thoughts are out.
Thanks to Audrey O'Claire for this!