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LEGO® SERIOUS PLAY®
What is LEGO® SERIOUS PLAY®
LEGO® SERIOUS PLAY® is an innovative and engaging methodology that utilises the versatile medium of LEGO bricks to facilitate deeper self-awareness, enhanced communication, and collaborative problem-solving. Developed in the mid 1990s by The Lego Group in conjunction with IMD Business School, this technique harnesses the power of hands-on building and storytelling to unlock creativity, tap into different perspectives, and promote constructive dialogue within individuals and teams.
As a SERIOUSWORK Certified Facilitator of LEGO® SERIOUS PLAY®, when suitable, I use this methodology in my one-to-one coaching and in team and group coaching.
How Does Lego Serious Play Work?
- Building: LEGO bricks are utilised to build a model that represents the individual’s thoughts, concepts, or ideas related to a given topic or challenge.
- Storytelling: Individuals share the story behind their model, offering insights into their thought process and contributing to a rich tapestry of perspectives.
- Reflection: Through guided discussions and facilitation, participants analyse the shared models and narratives, extracting key insights and identifying patterns that inform their development.
Benefits of LSP for Individuals
Enhanced Self-Reflection: Through constructing physical representations of thoughts and concepts, individuals can gain insights into their own beliefs, values, and aspirations, fostering a deeper understanding of themselves and their relationship with the outside world.
Improved Communication Skills: Utilising LEGO bricks as a non-traditional communication tool allows individuals to express complex ideas visually, helping them articulate thoughts that might be challenging to convey through words alone.
Heightened Creativity and Brain Function: Engaging in the tactile process of building with LEGO bricks stimulates creativity, enhances neuroplasticity and elevates cognitive capabilities, leading to the exploration of novel solutions and approaches to challenges.
Benefits of LSP for Teams
Effective Collaboration: The technique encourages all team members to contribute their insights and ideas, fostering an inclusive environment where diverse perspectives are valued and integrated.
Shared Vision: Teams work together to create a shared visual representation of their goals, values, and strategies, leading to a stronger sense of alignment and a clear sense of purpose.
Conflict Resolution: By engaging in constructive dialogue while working collaboratively with LEGO bricks, teams can address conflicts and challenges in a non-confrontational manner, leading to better resolution outcomes.