I while ago I had a chat with Per Kristiansen of Trivium. Per provides facilitator training for LEGO® SERIOUS PLAY®. You may have used LEGOs in your childhood to build houses, castles, and towers. But would you ask a grown-up management team, or a team of employees, to present the future of their company with LEGOs?
Per told me that there are mixed reactions when you suggest the use of LEGO SERIOUS PLAY. Some managers are never convinced, thinking the use of LEGOs is childish. Many have more open minds for experimentation. Per said that the fact that toys are used to solve a management problem is not a peculiarity. There is solid scientific research behind the methodology of “thinking with your hands.”
Quoting from the LEGO® SERIOUS PLAY® web site:
“LEGO SERIOUS PLAY 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.”
According to LEGO companies worldwide have used LEGO PROGRAMS for a broad range of purposes, including
- Strategy development and exploration
- Organizational development
- Innovation and product development
- Change management
- Facilitating and implementing structural changes and mergers.
The method is also applicable for Scenario development and testing, Mergers & Acquisitions, Branding, Leadership and Team Development, Turnaround & Restructuring, Market Entry, Operational Efficiency and Competitive Analysis.
LEGO® SERIOUS PLAY® was originally a consulting methodology that could only be used by certified facilitators. In 2010 the method became open source. You can download the methodology description at www.seriousplay.com. LEGO sells special kits for Serious Play facilitation.
If you are interested in learning how to facilitate Serious Play workshops, contact Per Kristiansen: , tel. +45 27 11 18 12, Skype: pkristia. Per offers certification courses around the world. A Serious Play membership site is at seriousplaypro.com.
In this short video Jody Lentz demonstrates how he uses LEGOs for facilitation: