Starting something or feeling stuck? Use these questions to see it in new ways—one or all of them can move you forward. Watch a video, or just…

START EXPLORING—WITH and fOR THE PEOPLE INVOLVED.

Just make some space to ask these questions—on paper, board, screen, in your head or a conversation. Or use a worksheet or app in resources.

Go wherever moves you forward! Let thoughts out. When you're not sure, just add a "?" mark and explore with those questions in mind.

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). *Pronounce "pop-ee", like popping out of your stuck. 

You can toss it, keep building on it, or save it in an “atlas” of challenges you’ve navigated.

 


GO DEEPER

Explore any question more. Explore different who, what, when, why, how. Question and change things.
E.g. What's happening? Why? Why? What else is happening? 

  Tip 1 : When in doubt, “start with the heart”—consider feelings.  * A  list  of feelings can help.   Tip 2:  A simple ear drawing has a big question mark! Listen with questions in mind, not answers.  Tip 3:  “A picture’s worth 1000 words.” Try simple drawings like these, or a diagram.

Tip 1: When in doubt, “start with the heart”—consider feelings. *A list of feelings can help.
Tip 2: A simple ear drawing has a big question mark! Listen with questions in mind, not answers.
Tip 3: “A picture’s worth 1000 words.” Try simple drawings like these, or a diagram.

Tap into your and others' Ten+ Tools (see picture).
E.g. What if I look, listen, or feel?  See what others do, think, feel? Draw, move, or make?  See what my heart or gut says?

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

Use it with other tools you love.
Specific tools—from design to leadership—remind us to explore one or more of these questions in the ways above. Use any you like. E.g. Make an “Empathy Map” (one inspiration for the Ten+ Tools) to capture Observations.


TIPS FOR GROUPS

Try this (started by Audrey O'Clair) 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. They put each thought on a separate sticky or slip of paper, using as many as they need.

  • Then 1 person shares just what they wrote on one sticky and puts it down on a big compass. Others with the same thought just put theirs down with the first (or writes a +1 on it).

  • Someone else shares 1 thought, and so on till all the thoughts are out.

Remember to try small experiments with anything that's new (including this tool!)! Try this yourself a couple times before using it in an important group moment.

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PLEASE USE AND SHARE! AND JUST....

Many years have gone into these tools, with the dream of making a difference. Please use them, non-commercially. All I ask is that you: 

  1. Credit them (to Ela Ben-Ur & innovatorscompass.org) so others can find them.

  2. Email or tweet your experiences for me and maybe others to learn from. (Bonus: answer some of these questions).

  3. Ask others to do the same.

License specifics are here.