Starting something or feeling stuck? One or all of these questions can move you forward. Watch a video, or just…


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—especially if writing about someone else—just add "?" marks and go find out.

Or follow the numbers. A way to remember: think POPIE (“pop-y” like popping out of your stuck):  People, Observations, Principles, Ideas, Experiments and back to what happens for all involved (#1&2). 

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



Tips from the printable    Pocket Compass    in    Resources

Tips from the printable Pocket Compass in Resources

Use short tips under Resources.
Like the ones at right from the printable Pocket Compass or from the Tips Sheet. These start you on the things below that you can keep doing:

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? 

Tap into your and others' Ten+ Tools.
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.


Try this (started by Audrey O'Clair) so that everyone can contribute:  For each question...

  • Everyone takes a couple of minutes to collect their own thoughts. They write/draw each thought on a separate sticky note. I like to give everyone the same color stickies, and black markers to write with so their thoughts are visible to the group.

  • Then 1 person reads aloud just what they wrote on one sticky and posts it. Others with the same thought simply add theirs next to the first, creating a group.

  • Someone else shares 1 thought, and so on till all the thoughts are out and grouped. More thoughts will come up—just continue to “sticky before you speak.” If desired, you can label the groups as you go, e.g. using a different color of sticky note.

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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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 & 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.