Radio Interview with Jacquie Lloyd Smith on LEGO SERIOUS PLAY

Playing with Lego can help with professional development. Interview with Jacquie Lloyd Smith

CBC Radio StationA Lego Serious Play Master Trainer is in Sudbury to teach people how Lego can be used for professional development. Jacquie Lloyd Smith was interviewed for CBC Radio. Click for the link here to listen to the broadcast.

Broadcast details: Up North | Jun 9, 2015 | 8:18 minutes.

 

Virtual LEGO Serious Play Experience

LSP Hangout SnapshotIn the last 4 years I have used LEGO® Serious Play (aka LSP) very often and the result has been extraordinary. However, due to the growing style of working remotely, I started to ask myself if I could use LEGO SERIOUS PLAY when I am in a remote environment.  In the last 2 months, I set my goal to try it. The first thing I needed to find was a safe environment for trying it; then a few volunteers. I got them both. I really want to express my appreciation to the LEGO Serious Play Facilitator Network (www.seriousplaypro.com) for allowing me to set this up and of course to my volunteers, for dedicating between 60 and 90 min of their time to try it. THANK YOU Patricia, Gabriel, Marko and Catherine!

Finished with the introduction, now, let me share with you the results of this experience. I really think that LEGO SERIOUS PLAY has good potential in a remote environment; however, there are a few considerations to keep in mind that normally we don’t think about when we do it face to face. By the way, in this case, I am sharing the experience of 1-to-1 meeting with LEGO SERIOUS PLAY, so if you are thinking of LEGO SERIOUS PLAY as a coaching or interview tool, it is for you. Let’s start.

Is LSP a Potential Remote Tool to Use in 1-to-1 Meetings?

Short answer, YES! Long answer, yes with some considerations. :) Continue reading

Introducing the LEGO® SERIOUS PLAY® Holland meetup

Last week we got together with 8 Dutch Certified LEGO® SERIOUS PLAY® facilitators to discuss forming a community of Dutch facilitators through opening a meetup group. It was great fun to meet one another, meeting good friends and making new ones. We had prepared a session to discuss how to work together, but consensus was already there before entering the room: Yes, we would open up a Dutch community of LSP facilitators!

We ate our own dog food to come to a mission statement for this new to be formed group. One of our own, Edwin de Vos facilitated the session and together we built and discussed: what are we here for? It must have been challenging for Edwin, facilitating and joining the session at the same time, but we had good fun and had a great discussion.

Forming LSP Holland -  Mariska sharing her model
Forming LSP Holland – Mariska sharing her model

The following is the mission statement of our new Dutch community as can be found here on meetup: http://www.meetup.com/LegoSeriousPlayHolland/pages/LEGO®_SERIOUS_PLAY®_Holland_mission_statement/


 

The mission of LEGO SERIOUS PLAY Holland:

Working on the growth and success of LSP and our facilitators in a fun, open and transparant way.

During the kickstart of our meetup group we talked and built a long time about why we are coming together, what we would like to achieve and for whom.

We are targeting these groups:

  • LSP facilitators
  • Potential LSP clients
  • Potential LSP facilitators

What we would like to do in this meetup group is:

  • Share with each other
  • Learn from one another
  • Inspire each other
  • Bring more attention to LEGO SERIOUS PLAY
  • Connect together to strengthen each other
  • Make an effort for Non-profit organizations

Together we have come to the following values and attitudes:

  • Transparant
  • Constructive criticism
  • Fun
  • Success
  • Growth

Hope to see you soon at a LEGO® SERIOUS PLAY® Holland meetup!

 

LSP Community Days 2015 –

Dear all

We are happy to confirm the LSP community days!

The key details are:

When: September: 28-29th

Where: Hotel Propellen

Who: Certified facilitators in the LEGO® SERIOUS PLAY® method.

How: Sign up Here:

How much: This year LEGO has kindly offered to sponsor the meeting room. Facilitators will be paying for their own travel, food and accomodation. Propellen have prepared two offers for us

Accomodation (one night: 28/9) and Conference (dinner, lunch, refreshments) on 28 and 29th of September: DKK 2022,-

The amount is paid to Hotel Propellen. Booking can be done by mailing the hotel (konference@propellen.dk), please use reference number. 312075.  We are sharing our participants list with the hotel, and they will cross-reference with it

 

Conference only (dinner, lunch, refreshments) : DKK 1063,-

This is for those of you who decide to book at different hotel, hostel etc.

This will be paid upon arrival on Day 1.

As always, the agenda will be based on what you would like to share and discuss with the community, thus, we are looking forward to your proposals

Looking forward to hearing from you and meeting many of you in September

Robert & Per

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Fostering creative thinking and building shared identities: Basic techniques of Lego Serious Play at Mini Meetup

Appnova published a blog post about a recent LEGO SERIOUS PLAY London Mini-Meetup

Why Lego bricks in the first place?

When first I was given a bag of Lego bricks, I was excited and nervous at the same time. Partly because I somehow thought my artistic skills were going to be tested.

I was glad I was wrong in this (see more on our previous article on Scrum LEGO planning game). For those who are new to the concept or even skeptical about using Legos in a corporate environment, I’d like to share some of my experience learning the basic techniques at Lego® Serious Play® London mini MeetUp.

The philosophies and origins of Lego Serious Play

Today most of our meetings and discussions are dominated by verbal and numerical formats. You’re probably aware that they don’t always lead to insightful and productive communications. But what about other underexplored ways of conveying important information that help unlock new business opportunities and innovations?

‘LEGO® SERIOUS PLAY® rejects the idea that external ‘experts’ must be brought in to identify problems, and to propose solutions; on the contrary, LEGO® SERIOUS PLAY® begins with the assumption that the answers are ‘already in the room’, and invites participants to ‘think with their hands’ to build their understandings.’

Warming up 1 – get to know Lego!

Firstly each of us was asked to build a tower using either orange and green lego bricks. Interestingly none of our Lego towers looked the same.

Warming up 2 – Assigning a symbolic meaning to objects.

We can give our bricks any metaphors and symbolic meaning. No matter how complex your idea may be, a Lego model, with your own twist, can represent an idea, meaning and even a metaphor. Basically anything you want to express.

For example, we were asked to construct anything we wanted using several bricks. Then each of us picked a card with random terms and names written on them. My card said ‘Explain this! – Your model was meant to represent ‘Marriage”.

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Now this is getting interesting. I just built something that was meant to mean marriage. OK, let’s see. My model is colourful, weird-looking and unstable. Well, a marriage can be unstable right?

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LEGO SERIOUS PLAY video from Chile

Video con la metodología LEGO® SERIOUS PLAY®, workshops realizados en Chile, Perú y Bolivia por el Coach y faciltador certificado Gustavo González Acevedo de Coaching & Partners Chile para empresas como Adidas Group, Nielsen, Chile Tabacos, Banco Interamericano de Desarrollo (BID), H&M, Parque del Recuerdo, Drake Grupo Ibáñez, Torre, Celulosa Arauco, Universidad del Desarrollo, Universidad Diego Portales

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