Why is LEGO® Serious Play® so powerful?
It’s inclusive. Think about one of your standard team meetings. Do you have certain people in the group who have stronger/louder/more persuasive/less tolerant voices than others? This is reflective of an 80/20 dynamic where perhaps only the 20% of the group with the strongest voices will be heard, and many of your team’s best ideas will be left unspoken. LEGO® Serious Play® (LSP) requires 100% contribution from all participants, which means that all the voices in the room will be heard, every single time.
It’s creative. LSP helps participants to look at things differently, discover new connections, and glean insights that can produce a more innovative and creative outcome. LSP is not about how good somebody is at building with LEGO, it’s about how good they are at expressing their ideas.
It’s collaborative. LSP is all about working together to achieve results. Yes, you can use the LSP method by yourself, however, the strength of the methodology is found in the way you can work together as a team to co-create the best solution. Not only is the quality of the outcome better, but the team will also feel a greater sense of ownership in the outcome, which then can result in a more successful implementation stage.
It’s backed up by science. Many well-regarded scientists (including Jean Piaget, Seymour Papert, and Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi) have conducted exhaustive studies on the importance of hands-on learning and how that can lead to a quicker, deeper and more diverse set of ideas. The hand-mind connection becomes powerful when hands are used as a search engine for the brain. LSP is specifically designed to tap into that phenomenon.
It’s all about storytelling. Storytelling has been around since the beginning of mankind as a way to communicate, educate, share and connect. Everybody loves a good story, which means that LSP sessions are engaging in a unique and memorable way.
It gets results. Participants in LSP workshops can leave with powerful insights, fuller understanding, recommendations, action steps, and commitment from all involved.
…and, it’s fun! Who wouldn't want to bring a bit of LEGO into their working life?!