After people have had their first experience with the LEGO SERIOUS PLAY method one of the things that often surprise them the most is the effectiveness of the process. Seems like the expect that playing, building and telling stories with LEGO bricks must be much more time consuming – especially if you also have to hear everyone’s story. Subsequently I often get asked WHY that is the case. There are many answers to this question. Below the answer that I find myself using the most of the time. What about you?
1: In LEGO SERIOUS PLAY (LSP), the LEGO bricks serve as a common language that anyone can use, regardless of their education, position or culture. This ensures that everybody’s knowledge and insights are surfaced.
2: The starting focus in LSP is on each individual and not the group. This means that the structure of the process requires everyone to
be actively involved in the decision process, which increases the probability that all parties will honor the decisions and agreements after the meeting.
3: The LSP method produces more concrete ideas and results, because everyone has time to build her or his answers and input before conversation and knowledge sharing begin.
4: The LSP method ensures faster and better communication and understanding because it uses 3D visualization, metaphors and stories. This also leads to fewer misunderstandings.
5: LSP meetings stay on topic because the focus is on the bricks – not on the person. This also allows the discussion to become very intense without creating personal conflicts.