Make some space
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.
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.
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 by inviting you to:
Use the grey compass points to feel why and how each direction is powerful.
E.g., for the lower left, Have I really seen details in new ways yet?
Ask the questions again and again to explore further.
E.g. What's happening? Why? Why? Why? What else is happening?
Try another of your Ten Tools (below) to help.
E.g. What if I look, listen, or feel? Use a picture, object, or motion? 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?
Use all your resources
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.