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.