What is the LEGO® SERIOUS PLAY® methodology?
The Core of the LEGO® SERIOUS PLAY® Methodology
The LEGO® SERIOUS PLAY® methodology is all about creating physical social constructive adaptive knowledge systems in a creative and structured way, that enables us to find success in the now.
These unique adaptive knowledge systems are brought to life via construction of knowledge (individual as well as collective models), metaphors and stories around the models. The primary drivers in the methodology are play, flow, and imagination. The process creates a secure, multisensory and multidimensional work environment.
The methodology is based on extensive research in multiple domains. However, there are certain core theoretical elements that the original methodology is built upon:
Constructivism (Piaget, 1951)
Constructionism (Charel & Papert, 1991)
Complex Adaptive Systems theory (Holland, 1995)
Autopoietic Organizational Epistemology (Von Krogh & Roos, 1994, 1995; Weick, 2000)
Flow (Csikszentmihalyi, 1993)
The LEGO® SERIOUS PLAY® methodology enables you to:
To simplify the complex
Create an overview of the chaotic and the complex
Identify possible solutions to challenges
Explore consequences of possible future actions
Be a catalyst for dialogue
Develop shared understanding, overview, and acceptance
Collect information and knowledge in a concrete way
Implement and anchor concepts and plans
Create shared goals, direction, as well as culture and identity.
LEGO® SERIOUS PLAY®— a methodology for deeper understanding
Deepens understanding and insight
The LEGO® SERIOUS PLAY® methodology makes it easier to see and get a deeper understanding of peoples’ perception and realities. It also allows you to observe the cooperation and connectedness within the organization by building the LEGO® Landscape.
Engage and communicate in a new way
This hands-on methodology LEGO® SERIOUS PLAY® engages the participant allowing them to communicate on a deeper level by giving them a clear understanding of their situations and the world around them. By giving the people this new way to communicate, they will be able to identify problems and formulate action plans that deal with real issues—not the symptoms.
Creates a common language in a free environment
With the LEGO® bricks you create a common language where everyone is equal and allows all opinions and aspects to be heard. Using the expertise within the company, the process turns tacit knowledge into communicative learning!
The ability to take action right away
Insights made from LEGO® SERIOUS PLAY are immediately actionable. Because the insights come from the people who will implement them, ideas don’t have to be introduced or anchored—and can be set into motion right away!
LEGO® SERIOUS PLAY®—a methodology for enhancing business
A hands on language for business
The LEGO® SERIOUS PLAY® methodology uses bricks to visualize situations and enhance business performance. Bricks become a hands-on language when you create metaphors for real business issues, which allow you to address complex issues without over simplification or loss of important details. Traditional business tools typically analyze the past or speculate about the future. LEGO® SERIOUS PLAY® methodology incorporates both elements and test them in real time, to achieve an immediately improved decision-making capability.
A real time process begins with questions about what is happening right now. Relevant parts of the past are drawn in and integrated with the future hopes, wishes, and concerns. These concrete ideas are brought into the process, to detect and determine actionable next steps. This improves an individual’s and organization’s ability to work with the right now—its consequences as well as effects—and it means being better prepared for the challenges and opportunities ahead.
Tool for understanding present situations
The three-dimensional landscape you build using LEGO bricks, provides valuable insight into the ways your company operates and how it connects with the outside world. The bricks work as a catalyst. By building and sharing stories it allows one to describe complex situations, and compose new meaning from your present situations.
LEGO® SERIOUS PLAY® simply enables you to take a shortcut to the core of the matter and gives your the opportunity to find the know-how that will enhance your business. Using the bricks, participants will be clearer on objectives, actions and on the Simple Guiding Principles for the organization. This results in the creation as well as the actioning of more robust and comprehensive business strategies.
LEGO® SERIOUS PLAY® is serious business
LEGO® SERIOUS PLAY® is a working language that guides you into free and honest exchange. These exchanges ensure that the real issues are addressed and ultimately allows you to see things through the eyes of your colleagues—and have them see through yours.
This is not a traditional training focused solely on a didactic knowledge transfer. This is a theoretical-based, experiential, and hands-on journey into the methodology.
Elements in the training:
Theory and practice
Reflection and feedback
Extensive training manual
An on-line training support network for your first LSP workshop
We believe in the importance of knowledge sharing and participating in meaningful experiences after the certification. This is why we offer an LSP network on-line called: LEGO® SERIOUS PLAY® Facilitator Network on LinkedIn.
Also, we offer the possibility for joining a meet-up as well as an annual conference at Hotel LEGOLAND in Billund, Denmark, where you will be able to meet all the others trained facilitators and share experiences across countries and professions.