Make some space

Just a circle (or heart) and four lines.

Just a circle (or heart) and four lines.

We can use our Compass on a whiteboard, tablet, or scrap of paper, in conversation, or in our minds.

You can start on paper. Draw a circle and four lines. Add your topic on top.

Or if you prefer, print a blank compass, or try the app



Get oriented & start finding better ways forward

Use your Innovators' Compass to trigger and capture your thoughts and questions. 

Come to the center—People—first and often.  Who's involved?

At first or when in doubt, try moving clockwise from observations back through observations. What are your Observations—what's happening? Why?  And so on. 

Keep going however moves you forward. 



Go deeper

Try one of the guides (Pocket Compass card, videos) linked at the right. All go in that clockwise order, helping you get the feel of exploring each space deeply by inviting you to: 

Push yourself with the grey compass points.
E.g., for the lower left, Have I really seen details in new ways yet? 

Ask the questions again and again. Explore different what, when, why, how. 
E.g. What's happening? Why? 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? Use a picture, object, or motion? See what my heart or gut says? Consider what others do, think, feel? 

Add question marks to hunches, and keep going to test them.
E.g. I *think* this is happening, so I'll put it here with a question mark for now.

Use the other spaces.
E.g. What observations are behind the ideas I have? What happened from experiments I tried before? 

Pocket Compass card

Pocket Compass card

1-2 Minute video guides to each space

1-2 Minute video guides to each space

22 minute video coaching a personal challenge

22 minute video coaching a personal challenge

Use all your resources

10 Tools 

We always have 10 tools in and around us.  The guides above, and all deeper methods, basically invite you to use these more to explore further with your Compass.