Video – Playfulness and Playful Learning with Annemarie Steen – A New To HR webinar

Annemarie Steen @steentrain facilitated the amazing ‘Playfulness and Playful Learning’ Webinar for @NewToHR. Highlighting that it is time to start playing a different game: The Game of SeriousLESS… allowing and welcoming our authentic and playful selves to come back to the surface. Interact with Annemarie during the exercises in the webinar via or get in touch via

Lego Brick Sorting and Storage with IRIS Trays

LEGO IRIS Brick Sorting Tray
LEGO IRIS Brick Sorting Tray

We have been asked a number of times on what is the most appropriate solution for sorting the individual items for LEGO SERIOUS PLAY sessions.

I have written about this in this longer article on doing “Custom Built Lego Serious Play Kit for 10 participants“. There are also some past forum discussions on storage and sorting (see here and here).

With Identity and Landscape Kit and Connections Kit it is easy – they come with their dedicated trays for sorting bricks and the small items are all kept separately. However, when you assemble some elements for custom workshops then things may get more complicated. It is also getting a bit more complicated once the carton containers where you house your kits get worn off after the longer use.

So far I have myself used storage boxes produced by Lego – they work well. One of those is spacious enough to house bricks for a pretty large group. You can comfortably fit your Landscape Kit together with Connections Kit in 5 of those storage boxes and these boxes can be operated more comfortably than the original cardboard boxes of the Landscape and Identity Kit and Connections Kit. For sorting the bricks trays I mostly use the trays by Rubbermaid in terms of measurements they fit perfectly on top of the storage box and the slots are comfortable to fit small items.

One community members recently suggested to also look into the set solution provided by IRIS that consist of:
2-piece sorting divider
a case and
activity chest.

My two concerns would be that the individual sorting compartments are to be small for convenient handling for some LEGO bricks. Also – when transporting them around they are not as sturdy as LEGO own compartments. They can break open more easily and when you tilt them you end up with mess.

It would be great if you could share your comments on storage and transport of the bricks.

Book: Play Intelligence: From IQ to PIQ

James W Findlay Play Intelligence From IQ to PIQ
James W Findlay Play Intelligence From IQ to PIQ

An interesting new book by James FindlayPlay Intelligence: From IQ to PIQ

The book cover reads: “On the whim of an idea, a sophomore student, unlike any other sophomore, takes on the might of the academic world with one of the most thought provoking books written on psychology and philosophy. Play Intelligence: From IQ to PIQ challenges the very heart of our modern science with a radical, if not explosive, hypothesis that human intelligence is playing. He takes on two of the most difficult concepts in science, since we first began to think of science. What is intelligence, and why do we play as we do? With a simple toy brick, he demonstrates how play affects our brain and thought processes and how our abilities transfer from one intelligence to another. He also demonstrates how play is vital in our education and communication, for both children and adults. Like the children all around us, if we dare but play, we could face the challenges in our daily life and have fun while doing so.”

Lego Serious Play – Multi Stakeholder “Dry Run” Presentation

This presentation was shown during the LEGO Serious Play Facilitator meeting in 2014 by Wiro Kuipers. It illustrates a ‘dry run’ of a complex multi-stakeholder issue in health and education, using the methodology of LEGO Serious Play.

Executives Club Chicago Meeting on Mining Organizational Creativity

Executives Club of Chicago
Executives Club of Chicago

Executives Club Chicago held a meeting on 21 January 2015 where Robert Rasmussen, Principal and Chief Facilitator, Rasmussen Consulting I/S and Author, Building a Better Business Using the LEGO SERIOUS PLAY Method discussed mining organizational creativity by using LEGO SERIOUS PLAY to identify disruptors and innovations.

LEGO SERIOUS PLAY is a management methodology that helps teams articulate concepts in a new way by accessing the whole brain, opening up pathways for each team member to contribute to a broader framework for richer solutions. At this program, Rasmussen will share details about this unique tool.

Summary of Tweets of the Event below

Make Teams Successful with Lego Serious Play

A post by Francesc Mas twitter: @masfrancesc.

Lego Serious Play by Francesc Mas

Lego Serious Play allows us to improve the Team Management in an innovative and creative way. It uses the Lego pieces and through the bricks participants create models that help them to develop an Action Plan, which will be used as the axis of improvement.

With LSP participants Create Personal Identities and, in my experience, this is one of the most groundbreaking and innovative moments in Lego Serious Play methodology. People often ask us: “What can I do better?I ,” assuming that something does not do well.

This constant focus on the bad side of things makes people live on constant alert to make excuses for why we do things in a certain way and not another. With LSP, Creating Personal Identities, what we do is to maximize the strengths of the participants surfacing those features that can help the team grow even more. Participants build a new Personal Identity to answer the question, “What else can you bring to the team that now I’m not contributing?”

The next step continues focussing on the strengths of the participants, and each must build a Lego model referring to what he thinks in reference another team colleague, chosen at random, he can contribute more to the group.

On the one hand we have asked the participant build a model of something the team unknown and secondly the participant built a model of the participant who has touched. With all this methodology we seek to expand the open area of the Johari Window.

This self introspection makes participants learn more about them, do visible the potential that is not being exploited in the team and give them confidence and transparency to build the future together. And I say together why the next step in the LSP method is to create connections between team members in order to determine who or who will help us to implement our commitment about the constructed model.

We arrived at the crucial point in the process, we all Lego models built are on the table, isolated from the others and proceed to the third question: “Based on your model you can improve and what others see in you that can contribute more to the team Is this you need to improve, who or who can help you achieve it? “to do participants create connections through specific parts for this purpose.

The final thought is that the team develops them as such and will be a successful team, we need to enhance the characteristics of the life of this Team and this can not be done by alone individuals, we need other team members to help us achieve this. At the end we have a Lego landscape where all models are anchored together. ie if you move a model, moves all the organization, and if there is any model that has been isolated, asks whether it is important for the team or must discard it.

Building LEGO Collage for Anti-Bullying – Upcoming Event

Upcoming event with LEGO SERIOUS PLAY by I am Anti Bully #iamantibully – Saturday, February 7, 2015 from 1:00 PM to 5:00 PM (PST) Vancouver, BC. Register here.

I am anti bully LEGO Poster
I am anti bully LEGO Poster

Looking to embrace your creative genius?

Here’s a challenge for you – show your commitment as an anti-bully through building with LEGO® SERIOUS PLAY®! Form a team of 4 with your family and friends, or sign up as an individual to join a team, and enjoy an afternoon of fun playing with LEGO® bricks. Ticket price includes light refreshments, LEGO® materials to build with at the event and your very own LEGO® hero keychain to keep and take home!

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What is LEGO Serious Play?

“The role of the teacher is to create the conditions for invention, rather than provide ready-made knowledge. The scandal of education is that every time you teach something, you deprive that person of the pleasure and benefit of discovery.” (Seymour Papert)

LEGO Serious Play is a perfect way to help individuals, teams and organisations get a clear view of their current situation, their aspirations and goals, and the way to get there.

What is Lego Serious Play
What is Lego Serious Play

LEGO Serious Play is based on the ideas of Seymour Papert, which built in turn on the Constructivist theories of his colleague Jean Piaget. Papert argued that learning happens exceptionally well when people are engaged in constructing a product, something external to themselves such as a sand castle, a machine, a computer program or a book. This is named “constructionism”.

Play is unique because it produces benefits that span multiple functional domains including: physical, emotional, mental, and social. Play is defined as a limited, structured and voluntary activity that involves the imaginary. It’s an activity limited in time and space, often structured by rules, conventions or agreements among the players, uncoerced by authority figures, and drawing on elements of fantasy and creative imagination.

Throughout history, the term “imagination” has been given many different cultural and linguistic connotations. While all share the basic idea that humans have a unique ability to “form images” or to “imagine” something, the variety of uses of the term “imagination” implies not one, but at least three meanings: to describe something, to create something, to challenge something. From the point of view of LEGO Serious Play, it is the interplay between these three kinds of imagination that make up strategic imagination – the source of original strategies in companies.

But let’s get down to business.

Is this familiar? A manager has a meeting with his team of 10 people. He has a problem and asks the team for possible solutions. The first person (“Mr Loud”) brings up an idea. The second person (“Mrs MBA”) adds or adjusts that idea. The third person (“Mr Popular”) fills in the last details of the idea. “Do we all agree?” asks the manager. Everybody nodds. The tenth person (“Mr I need some time to think things through”) also has a great idea, possibly the perfect solution for the problem, but by now, he doesn’t dare to say it anymore, because it’s completely different from the idea, everybody just agreed on.
With LEGO Serious Play the manager will get access to all ideas in the group.

LEGO Serious Play is a method, which creates real time strategies for individuals, teams and organisations. Napoleon used to test his battle strategies with tin soldiers, with LEGO Serious Play we do exactly the same; not only will you find a lot of answers to a question, you will be able to test all your possibilities.

People start by building 3D models with LEGO bricks about different identities. Each individual builds his own model and everbody builds! In real time strategy for individuals, a participant visualises his own identity and aspirations. He shares his story with others, who challenge the model and ask questions. This leads to a very interesting discussion, where the different insights of other participants are always very usefull for the participant, especially when he wants to grow personally and professionally.

People who work together in a (new) team can build a 3D model with LEGO bricks for a realtime strategy for teams: after they have build the current identity of the team, a 3D model about the aspirations of the team is build. Through ‘landscaping’ different agents – which have impact on the identity of aspirations – are visualised, also in 3D models. By ‘hard or soft’ connecting the different agents to the identity and aspirations models, everyone gets a very clear view of the road, the opportunities, the impediments, the risks … to achieve their goals. Strategies can be “played”, before they are implemented.

When business use the LEGO Serious Play method to visualise their ideas about business development, new services or products, organisational change, new markets … they create a safe environment to test different strategies. You can plan as much as you want, only when you start to execute your plan, you discover flaws and errors. LEGO Serious Play allows you to plan-do your future projects.

LEGO Serious Play is often used in meetings and workshops, where complex topics such as personal, team or business development of change projects are discussed, and where decisions have to be made, which need to be supported by everyone who participates. LEGO Serious Play makes sure that everyone is 100% involved, without experiencing any kind of stress.

Want to know more about LEGO Serious Play, and how to use it for you, your team or your business? Contact Els Meyvaert, founder of The Agile Agency for a get-to-know-eachother-meeting. No strings attached! :-)

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