• Do you have your own Pocket Mentor?

    The answer is within, you just need to ask the right question!

  • Who can use the Pocket Mentor deck?

    Pocket mentor is a decision support system for individuals, freelancers, entrepreneurs, coaches, trainers, psychologists, HR professionals, managers, group leaders to facilitate awareness and actions. The deck can be used individually, one-on-one, by small groups, it can be easily adapted to every audience, objective and theme. Use it to gain more agility when facing uncertainty.

  • "Problem solving" - Mindset of the method

    Jugaad is a colloquial Hindi word, which has various meanings depending on the situation. Roughly translated, jugaad is a "hack". Simply put, it's a problem solving mindset to innovate like an Indian, by leveraging constraints, using available ressources and a conviction and optimism that it can be solved! It's a personal culture of experimentation and exploration. Finding the solution to a problem requires sometimes facing reality, sometimes reframing the problem and making small bets to uncover the emerging future!

    Grassroots innovation

    Develop a personal culture of experimentation

    Grassroots movements and organizations use collective action from the local level to effect change at the local, regional, national, or international level. Grassroots movements are associated with bottom-up, rather than top-down decision making, where everyone is responsible and takes ownership of a problem for a cause they belive in.
    Pocket mentor is addressed to these grassroot heroes who are solving their own problems (it concerns everyone of us). (In a corporate context this can be looked at from the notion of Intrapreneurship)

    Combinatorial creativity

    Secret ingredient of creativity

    When constraint by resources, the solution is to find different uses of the available material ressources, features, funtions, knowledge and people (principles of effectuation). The solution then is normaly a combination of past experiences from other domains that help you see around your blind spots and identify resources that you might not have considered! This kind of thinking also requires a system approach to be able to see the problem in a hollistic manner.

    An "antifragile" approach

    The secret to creativity

    According to Professor Nassim Nicholas Taleb, "antifragility" is a property of systems that increase in capability, resilience, or robustness as a result of stressors, shocks, volatility, noise, mistakes, faults, attacks, or failures.


    While problem solving, the most creative solutions sometimes appear under stressful situations and only when one really feels the pain of the problem that the solution reveals itself. Antifragility is more than resilience, it's the optimistic faith in finding a solution!

  • The cards

    5 families of beautifully designed cards, depicting a symbollic painting with a touch of India and a question designed specifically to take into account various mindsets and principles of chaos theory, cognitive biases and systems engineering to boost creativity and a growth mindset.


    • The kit also includes a handbook of practical explanations.
    • Download here the process Maps to guide through the path of exploration and to note down your answers.
    • Access to online community, guidance, ideas and training on how to use the mentoring game in professional settings.

    System cards

    Understand the context

    Understand the context of the problem and develop a 360° view of the problem.

    Problem cards

    Find the underlying problem

    Become one with the problem to identify the real underfyling problem


    Brainstorm possibilities

    Look at ressources and constraints in a different way

    Action cards

    Take action

    Take responsibility, and act

    Intuition cards

    Give a mental break

    Take regular mental breaks to clear your mind's highway for new ideas!

  • How?

    Tough business situations require deep assessment. To reach a solution, finding answers to the “What?” and the “Why?” is critical. Asking the right question will help you find your way through a problem, locate the right customers, avoid future difficulties, and outperform competitors.

    Questions act as filters that naturally help you sort and sift through ideas during the discovery process. And your Pocket Mentor helps you formulate smart questions that define the problems well and lead to a clear vision of the issues involved. The cards help to become one with the problem, and detect underlying problems by searching inside yourself, as the answer lies within you!

  • Buy Here!

    Available in French & English ! (Pocket-Mentor has been rebranded to InnovationTarot!)

  • Author

    Minimalist entrepreneur, trainer, lecturer and biohacker !

    Abhinav Agarwal

    Abhinav Agarwal is an Indian entrepreneur, living in France since 2009. Guest lecturer at HEC business school and trainer to companies and startups wanting to achieve growth through "sustainable innovation". He has 7 years consulting background in Business Intelligence.


    A special thanks to the following people involved in helping me with the cards: Romain Joly, Christophe Ralite, Hedy Caplan, Thomas Guyon, Francois de Martino, Laurent Haddad, Virginia SOUKUP

  • Corporate workshops

    Learning Cafés are the format of our corporate workshops. Get in touch with me to plan a workshop in your company!

    1/2 day to 1 days workshops

    To unleash the entrepreneur in you!

    From managers and leaders of teams who want to increase engagement, to project leaders that need their teams to come together to solve problems, to heads of organisations who want to give employees the power to implement creative solutions, this deck can be used to facilitate design thinking workshops, co-dev sessions or agile practice audits.

    Some scenarios:

    • Kick-start a project that’s slowly going stale
    • Defuse volatile situations
    • Assess risks, options, and reframe them using a non-linear approach
    • Create an environment of openness and trust when brainstorming, auditing a project and in team meetings to get cooperation
    • Increase proactivity and engagement in your teams
    • Want to lift the cloud of the conscious brain by accessing the creativity of your subconscious to solve problems
    • Leveragring collective intelligence to uncover blindspots and highlight strengths

    • Nurture authentic conversations to build trust and connect in a more meaningful way

  • Francois Richer

    "Pocket Mentor c'est le petit coach de poche qui permet de prendre soi-même du recul, soit d'accompagner très simplement et rapidement une personne ou un groupe."

    Jean Christophe F (agile coach)

    I use these beautifully designed cards regularly to asses my team coherence and autonomy!

    Michael F(CEO)

    The Pocket Mentor is my personal oracle for problem solving. Helps me to be objective in my decisions.

  • Get in touch

    Get in touch to get more information about the different programs or if you would like to get involved!