About Lego® Serious Play®
LEGO® SERIOUS PLAY® is a process for more effective thinking, communication and problem-solving.
The Lego® Serious Play® method (LSP) is a facilitated thinking, communication and problem solving technique for use with organisations, teams and individuals. It draws on extensive research from the fields of business, organisational development, psychology and learning, and is based on the concept of “hand knowledge.”
It has been used at Harvard Business School, Stanford and Fortune 100 companies, and it’s becoming more and more popular worldwide. Developed by Robert Rasmussen, a former Lego employee, the method is centered around the use of one’s hands while the mind is in an unplugged state. It capitalizes on this by asking the hands to find a solution that the mind hasn’t been able to come up with on its own.
The method can be applied to a variety of company objectives, whether it’s solving a brewing crisis or brainstorming ways to transform a current business model. Sessions might start off with a question such as “Name one challenge that is preventing growth in your company and build your answer with Lego." Trained facilitators support this process by asking questions and helping participants draw out the meaning from their models made out of bricks.
Participants' creative responses to the challenge to depict their insights through Lego can help the management or leader to probe a little deeper on how they can help to motivate the team members, inspire and mentor them. Metaphors provide richer descriptions of our realities that might challenge assumptions and reveal new possibilities. Metaphors generate radically new ways of understanding things. A series of dominant metaphors shape the way we understand organizations or groups in which we work or live among. Metaphors transform us in their potential to uncover perceptions, attitudes and feelings which were previously subconscious or unarticulated.
The platform provides equal support for a variety of communication styles and creates a level playing field for visual thinkers and team members from other countries. This introvert-friendly method using Lego bricks gets 100 percent participation from everyone in the group. Everybody builds and everybody shares. There is no right or wrong way to build something. The meaning is in the Lego model, and the builder’s story about it.
By utilizing visual, auditory and kinesthetic skills, the method requires participants to learn and listen, and it provides all participants with a voice. All discussions are about a model and its story, which ensures participants focus on the message, not the messenger. This facilitates an environment where people feel safe to bring their insights to the table and also compelled to listen generously to their teammates. Real issues are addressed, and ultimately participants will be able to see things through the eyes of one another.
By using the Lego® Serious Play® method, participants explore the relationships and connections between people and their world, observe the dynamics both internal and external, explore various hypothetical scenarios, and gain awareness of the possibilities. The methodology is a radical, innovative, experiential process designed to enhance business performance. It is based on the belief that everyone can contribute to the discussion, the decisions and the outcome.
The use of Lego® bricks simply enables you to take a speedy shortcut to the core. The bricks work as a catalyst – and when used for building metaphors, they trigger processes that you were previously unaware of.
Participants come away with skills to communicate more effectively, to engage their imaginations more readily, and to approach their work with increased confidence, commitment and insight.
If your organization is interested in a Lego® Serious Play® workshop, do contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org for a non-obligatory discussion.