Workshops & Lego Serious Play

Because no one want’s a workshop, they want an outcome

Workshop Design and Delivery

Workshops are custom-designed meetings, usually run over two hours but which can be anything up to several days – they are the device that helps groups achieve a set of pre-defined outcomes and possibly outputs. The second half of that last sentence is the critical part. A workshop is a commitment to have people in your organisation spend possibly a significant amount of time together as a group which means you are making an investment, and you will want to make sure that the workshop outcomes are clear, that you have designed the session(s) to deliver them, and that the experience in the room lives up to expectations!

Whether your workshop needs to facilitate decision making, planning and strategy or creative collaboration, a focused, deliberate design and competent facilitation will ensure that your participants leave feeling energised, motivated and clear on what’s going to happen next. This is where I can help.

I design and facilitate participative workshops, either online or face-to-face, that deliver results.

Examples of workshops I deliver:

  • Project, Program and Product Kickoffs
  • Team Chartering
  • Design Workshops including Design Sprints & Design Studios
  • Service Blueprinting, Customer Journey Mapping and Roadmapping workshops
  • Innovation & Growth Sprints
  • Value Stream Mapping workshops
  • Team Building workshop
  • Retrospectives & Continuous Improvement Workshops
  • Product artefact or analytics strategy workshops

Lego Serious Play

Let me address this upfront – if you feel that a workshop where you are “just messing about with Lego bricks” sounds ridiculous, foolish, or a waste of time [insert your invalidating sentiment here] – I get it. BUT, the methodology has a serious and potentially transformative purpose, it’s used in corporate and academic institutions everywhere, and it’s grounded in the theories of constructivism (we learn when our experience and ideas interact) and constructionism (we learn when physically creating objects), i.e. ‘real’ science on how we learn and build understanding underpins the method.

As a Lego Serious Play facilitator, I regularly use this innovative and fun methodology to help people and teams explore their ways of working, reflect on their personal interactions and relationships, plan and align around valuable outcomes, and create and explore strategy. 

A Lego Serious Play workshop:

  • encourages divergent thinking. The new medium and process help to foster creativity, spontaneity, and deep reflection, all of which leads to the generation of more innovative ideas and solutions
  • facilitates the creation and sharing of rich narratives and stories while promoting the exploring of ideas or the challenging of current thinking and constraints. This brings people together emotionally, creates psychological safety in the group, and promotes a more in-depth understanding of issues
  • orchestrates the creation and evolution of a shared model which fosters alignment around outcomes, builds a strong sense of being heard by the individual contributors and the lasting feeling of inclusion for all as everyone has the chance to input their ideas into the group’s outputs and solutions

In my experience, even the most initially reluctant or cynical participants enjoy Lego Serious Play workshops and leave sessions persuaded by the value of the immersive experience, and all are genuinely surprised by how much they have learned.

Recent clients include Eurosport, Department of International Trade, GSK, Registers of Scotland, Ministry of Justice, Jaguar Landrover, DeepMind, and British Gas.