LEGO® SERIOUS PLAY® Methods
LEGO® SERIOUS PLAY® is a powerful methodology for visualizing complex tasks and developing solutions for sticky problems. It’s a scientifically grounded method that was developed by the LEGO Group in Denmark back in the late 90s.
From big companies like Proctor and Gamble, to nonprofits like the United Way, to institutions like the United Nations, smart organizations all over the world have all used LEGO® SERIOUS PLAY® as a creative and innovative method for strategy, product, brand, or team development.
Why do we spend so much time working with LEGO® bricks? Quite simply because when it is facilitated by a trained and certified facilitator, LEGO® SERIOUS PLAY® gets results. Here are a few reasons why this methodology works so well.
Multiple Modes of Communication
Whereas a typical meeting engages only the linguistic processing parts of the brain, LEGO® SERIOUS PLAY® activates visual, auditory, and kinesthetic modes of expression. Plus it engages emotions, which taps into the memory center.
In other words, LEGO® SERIOUS PLAY® helps participants access more of their brainpower than a typical meeting or workshop, and don’t you want your team members to access more of their brain?
Deeper Insights and Understanding
Participants in a LEGO® SERIOUS PLAY® workshop “think with their hands,” building models out of LEGO® bricks in response to a prompt from the trained facilitator. Building models enhances memory and expression, and allows for a deep understanding of each other’s interpretation of key ideas.
The creative process of making a physical model to represent an idea unlocks insights. Listening to others share about their models, and sharing about one’s own model, unlocks further insights and deepens understanding among the group.
Even if your team doesn’t always see eye to eye, LEGO® SERIOUS PLAY® can help you understand each other better. Can you imagine how much more productive this kind of deeper understanding would make your team?
A Level Playing Field
The 3D LEGO® models allow us to externalize our thoughts, and allow others to see and ask questions about them. It also becomes easier to depersonalize the conversation when you can literally point to an idea on the table, rather than pointing at the person who floated the idea.
In addition, at a LEGO® SERIOUS PLAY® workshop with a trained and certified facilitator, everyone builds, and everyone shares. Unlike at a typical meeting, where certain personalities tend to take over, there is equal “air time” for all, and nobody dominates the discussion.
Whether your team contains introverts, extroverts, or a blend of both, your workshop facilitator from Creative Sandbox Solutions™ who is trained and certified in LEGO® SERIOUS PLAY® methods and materials will unlock the wisdom of everyone in the room. Isn’t it time you tapped the untapped genius of everyone on your team, not just the “usual suspects”?
Of course we had to mention this. But having a ridiculously good time is not just about fun and games.
When your team is fully engaged and in flow at a LEGO® SERIOUS PLAY® workshop with Creative Sandbox Solutions™, they’ll be working as hard, if not harder, than at a typical meeting — it just won’t feel like it.
Because with us, play isn’t the opposite of work, it’s how we make work more effective.
You’ll be amazed at how much we accomplish, and how much your team remembers from our time together.
That’s the power of play at work. Wouldn’t you love to put that power at work for your organization?
Why Hire a Pro?
Running a LEGO® SERIOUS PLAY® workshop is not just a matter of tossing some LEGO® bricks on a table. LEGO® SERIOUS PLAY® is a powerful tool, grounded in science and decades of research.
But even the best tool is useless in the hands of someone who hasn’t been trained how to use it.
LEGO® SERIOUS PLAY® is open source, which means anyone could do a
bit ton of reading, buy the materials, and claim to run a workshop using LEGO® SERIOUS PLAY® methods…
…but with enough Googling you could also DIY your kitchen remodel…
…or your nephew’s appendectomy…
…or cut your own hair…
Chances are, though, that you won’t be nearly as satisfied with the results as if you hired a pro. Wouldn’t you rather feel confident that your facilitator will deliver results?
Why Hire Creative Sandbox Solutions™?
Creative Sandbox Solutions™ collaborators have all been trained and certified in LEGO® SERIOUS PLAY® methods and materials by the best: Strategic Play®, founded by Jacquie Lloyd Smith, one of only four LEGO® SERIOUS PLAY® Master Trainers worldwide.
Jacquie served as one of the original members of the LEGO® SERIOUS PLAY® Training Board in the LEGO Play4Business Division. Before the system went open source, she trained and certified people on behalf of the LEGO® Systems Group. Before turning their focus to training facilitators of LEGO® SERIOUS PLAY® methods and materials, the Strategic Play® group led LEGO® SERIOUS PLAY® workshops for hundreds of organizations and municipalities as diverse as Proctor and Gamble, the United Way, and the United Nations.
We bring a diverse skill set in addition to our training with Strategic Play®, and we are committed to developing new skills, continuing our training, and integrating other compatible tools with LEGO® SERIOUS PLAY®. Read more about us here.
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