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“Give Your Brain a Hand” at “Engaging the Brain” Conference

Donna Denio and Dieter Reuther will lead a workshop “LEGO® Serious Play® – Give Your Brain a Hand” at the upcoming “Engaging the Brain” conference. The conference is organized by the New England chapters of ATD, the world’s largest talent development association. Join us on 27 March 2015 in Chelmsford, MA along with the keynote presenters, Tony Bingham and Ann Herrmann-Nehdi, and 16 world-class speakers for a day of learning and networking.

The conference will dive deep into questions like:

  • How can an organization change its approach to think and operate more innovatively?
  • How can the talent development function play a key role in driving innovative thinking and practices?


In our workshop participants will experience hands-on the potential of LEGO® Serious Play® as a powerful tool to develop innovative teams:

  • It gets deep answers and uncovers true aspirations.
  • It helps team members understand each other.
  • It harvests collective wisdom of a group.
  • It unleashes creative energies, modes of thought and ways of seeing that most adults have forgotten they even possessed.
  • It makes management more transparent and accessible.
  • It provides insights on how to get better together.
  • It makes work more engaging and fun.

The LEGO® Serious Play® methodology is especially relevant for this conference because it utilizes the strong interaction between brain and hands. Through hands-on building exercises we involve areas of the brain that are not used in typical brainstorms or meetings. Frank R. Wilson covers in his book “The Hand” how our hands shape our brain and interact with our brain.

Learning Objectives:

  • Introduce a creative and accessible technique guaranteed to engage hands and brains.
  • Get to know members of your team in a very short time by breaking down communication barriers among people.
  • Gain confidence in your own creativity and the creativity of others.

Find details about the conference here: http://www.atdnewengland.com/



Michael Fearne LEGO Case Study - Onboarding

LEGO Serious Play Case Study: Onboarding

This is the 2nd post in a series focusing on case studies and companies that have used LEGO Serious Play to help solve real challenges they were facing.

The Brief

Over the last 2 years I’ve incorporated LEGO Serious Play into the development workshops I run with graduates (through my other company Burst Development). Burst specialises in helping companies fast track their graduate’s development, getting them up to speed quicker and laying the foundation for a successful career.

While there was no one brief from a particular company, all my clients are looking for innovative and more effective ways to onboard and develop their graduates. LEGO Serious Play has proven itself an effective additional technique for a particular subset of graduate development needs.

What We Did

That fast tracking of a graduate’s development begins as soon as they start, through their induction and onboarding. These sessions include skills training (e.g. communication basics, time management) but also include sections where graduates need to express themselves individually and as a group (on personal branding, expectations, self-awareness and company awareness). It is these topics where LEGO Serious Play really shines.

Examples of how it’s used in graduate onboarding:

  • Expectations play a huge role in how well a new starter fits into their work environment. Using LEGO Serious Play we get graduates to build their expectations. What will their managers be like, their colleagues, their day to day tasks. This uncovers any potential gaps between expectation and reality, allowing the graduate to manage their expectations instead of getting a rude shock when first joining their team.
  • Personal Branding is an important skill for graduates to understanding as they begin to build their career. We get them to build their personal brand using LEGO. We find the layering of metaphors that LEGO allows fits perfectly with a graduate defining their own personal brand and how to implement it.
  • Understanding the company, it’s past, it’s present and it’s future is vitally important for graduates. We run a group activity where graduates build their understanding of the company with LEGO, assessing their understanding of where it’s been, where it’s at, but also highlighting the future they will be a part of.

The Result

At the first superficial level, graduates of age 21-25 love using LEGO. No surprises there. So they are definitely engaged. But is it effective?

From my experience delivering the same topic before I used LEGO Serious Play and after using it, the clear answer is yes it is more effective. The concepts, ideas, situations and solutions that the graduates are bringing up and discussing are far deeper and more meaningful than when using other techniques.

From the client’s perspective, they are impressed with the discussions that LEGO Serious Play generates. I’ve also had clients say that over 12 months after their induction, graduates are still referring back to the LEGO Serious Play activities. They find that the concepts raised and the skills learnt are much “stickier”, staying with the graduates longer and positively impacting their first year in full time work.

Like with many development activities, it’s difficult to empirically quantify the benefits of applying LEGO Serious Play to onboarding. But this case study shows that the three groups involved (graduates, facilitator & client) all believe it enhances the process and promotes more powerful conversations. This clearly leads to memorable experiences that help a graduate to fell more integrated into the team, help them define their place and help them understand the company they have joined.

About the Author

Michael Fearne is the founder of Pivotal Play. An unconventional consultancy helping companies to solve problems and create more meaningful conversations through the power of LEGO Serious Play. To find out more about Michael and Pivotal Play go to www.pivotalplay.com.au

How LEGO® Supports Six Sigma Quality Efforts

Robin Hendricks of www.logicplay.us wrote the following fun blog post about LEGO SERIOUS PLAY connections with Six Sigma.

Having long-since spread beyond the manufacturing sector since its introduction in the mid-1980s, it’s estimated that more than half of all Fortune 500 companies and greater than 80 percent of Fortune 100 companies are using Six Sigma processes to improve business operations.

Beyond that, benefits of Six Sigma to reduce variation, improve output predictability, increase customer satisfaction, and sustain improvements are being realized in health care, financial services, various service industries, as well as many facets of the public sector.

This article explores how one specialized facilitation process, LEGO® SERIOUS PLAY® (LSP) is ideally suited to support Six Sigma work in organizations who embrace this highly effective and structured team approach to quality improvement. The table below highlights five key ways that LSP facilitation supports Six Sigma quality efforts.

LEGO SERIOUS PLAY and Six Sigma - Robin Hendricks
LEGO SERIOUS PLAY and Six Sigma – Robin Hendricks


Exactly how LSP supports Six Sigma quality efforts becomes very clear when looking at the five phases of Six Sigma—Define, Measure, Analyze, Improve, and Control (DMAIC).

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