LEGO® SERIOUS PLAY® is an innovative, experiential process designed to enhance innovation and business performance.
What it does:
Uses LEGO® bricks as a tool to get to the real issues of your team faster.
Taps into the hidden expertise of your organization.
Uses hands-on, minds-on learning to produce a deeper, more meaningful understanding of the world and its possibilities.
Deepens the reflection process and supports an effective dialogue for everyone in the organization.
Why it matters:
You get creative solutions for complex problems, the secret to remaining on the cutting edge and ahead of the curve.
Makes abstract ideas more concrete so decisions become easier to make.
Guaranteed 100% participation means everyone is engaged and working for the same results.
Increases employee understanding, efficiency, confidence, loyalty, and satisfaction.
Your group experiences higher engagement, less overwhelm, and more growth.
It’s seriously fun!
People are the greatest assets in an organization.
How well are you using the minds of the people you are paying?
Play At Work
With so much of work being off-shored or automated, the thing that we can offer that no one else can is our creativity and innovation. How much of work is set up to reward that creativity? Many companies are set up to reward what has worked in the past; it's hard to try something new without risking failure. By bringing play into the workplace, we can start to try things out without there being a right or wrong, we can find innovative solutions to our problems, and we can decide if the new ideas are a risk worth taking.
LEGO® SERIOUS PLAY® is particularly helpful because it is play with a purpose. Any creativity exercises can help generate new ideas, but this sort of play is focused on solving a particular problem or increasing the efficency of a particular group. The workshops are customized to address your issues, so you can get the most out of the people you have and the knowledge and expertise they hold.
Play at Home
Play can help lubricate social interactions that get stuck. LEGO® SERIOUS PLAY® can help family members understand each other better and communicate more clearly, while also having fun and enjoying each other.
LSP gives everyone a voice, even those who don't normally voice an opinion (and may then complain about the result). It evens the playing field so everyone can participate equally.
Play for Adults
LEGO® SERIOUS PLAY® is not the same as playing with LEGO® bricks with a kid. We don't work at building a spaceship or a city or a truck. We build metaphorically, making models of concepts, ideas, values, emotions, and experiences.
Building with LEGO® bricks uses the brain differently than writing or talking does. Using both hands accesses both sides of the brain, and by starting to build before we are entirely sure what we are making, we can mine ourselves for information. So this play is serious work, and produces serious results.
At the same time, being too serious blocks access to creative ideas. Fear can stop us from thinking creatively, or even rationally. By bringing in play, we can help our brains relax and let good ideas develop.
More details abut how it works, for those who need more information before making a decision.
LEGO® SERIOUS PLAY® does a number of things in a short time. It provides a chance to play together, which sets up a relaxed and congenial atmosphere. It produces real information about each other, which gives people the chance to learn more about each other. When people know each other, they trust each other more, communicate better, facilitate projects for each other, and generally increase the productivity and effectiveness of the group. LEGO® SERIOUS PLAY® also sets things up so that when difficult topics are raised, questions can only be addressed to the models, not to the people building them. This keeps feelings from getting hurt, and allows for conversations about the things that really need to be discussed. No group can work well together if there is an elephant in the room that no one will acknowledge. LSP dismantles the elephant by building models of what needs to be discussed. And LSP also levels the playing field, so that everyone contributes, and no one’s contribution is more important than anyone else’s.
Once trust and connection are established, decisions can be made. Decision making groups start with team building, then move on to build aspects of the problem to be solved. It can be hard for people to speak up in meetings, even when the decision to be made will affect them directly. Politics, fear of being judged, distractions, and a difficulty in articulating ideas can all combine to mean only a couple of people talk, even when the moderator tries to get input from everyone.
LSP helps people figure out what they think. Our hands are connected to a huge amount of our brains – they developed together back when we started walking upright. So building something with our hands can help us figure out what we think, and thinking about what we built can bring us even more detail and richness. LSP gives people the chance to build models of the important aspects of the decision to be made, then gives them a chance to talk about their models. Everyone builds and talks, no one sits out. Then everyone works together to build a shared model of their shared decision. Everyone is motivated to support the decision because they were all so intimately involved in making it.
LSP is helpful in situations where people are hostile and feel like they are at odds, and where people are all on the same side and figuring out where to go. LSP can help two organizations merge, saving the best parts of both. LSP can help organizations take a snapshot of where they are, and figure out where they want to go. LSP can take on bullying, understanding diversity, identity and culture, leadership development, stakeholder engagement, conflict management, crime reduction, climate change, town hall meetings, story boarding, branding, building something learned, or product development.