Duck v Tower? Which is best in a LEGO Serious Play Technical Skills Build?

July 19, 2017 in Serious Play Discussion

Most trained LEGO Serious Play Facilitators begin workshops with a skills build and ‘build a tower’ is a common first build task. In this short video, ProMeet Associate Caroline Jessop argues that asking participants to build a model of a duck is a better first build.

What do you think?

LEGO® Serious Play® Facilitator Training by SERIOUS WORK

April 5, 2017 in Serious Play Training

13-14 September | London

You want to learn to facilitate LEGO® Serious Play®.

Award winning facilitator and Serious Work author Sean Blair is a leading LEGO® Serious Play® practitioner.

This new LEGO® Serious Play® Facilitator Training puts your practice of your skills at the heart of this training programme. This is a very different approach to the traditional ‘master and learner’ approach which gives participants an excellent experience of being facilitated, but little practice of facilitation.

Over two days, in small groups of maximum 6 participants you’ll have three opportunities to practice the skills being taught. On the last evening you’ll facilitate, your first live workshop with participants you have not met.

This is a pioneering approach to LEGO® Serious Play® Facilitator Training and very much ‘an expanded version’ of training referred to at the official LEGO® Serious Play® website.

The first two sessions have sold out and less than 16 places are available to attend this course in London in 2017.

Finally not every one who applies will automatically get a place. If you apply for these courses, we ask to meet with you first to ensure you fit our ethos and the level of experience  / professionalism that will create a rewarding learning experience for all.

We aim for this to be the new gold standard in LEGO® Serious Play® training, taught by leading practitioners.

For more information on dates, cost and location visit:

http://www.serious.global/learn/lego-serious-play-facilitator-training/

Book here:

http://serious.global/learn/book/

Four Benefits of Lego Serious Play

September 8, 2016 in About Lego Serious Play

I made a short video (below) that explains four benefits of Lego Serious Play for people who want to know more about it (not the readers of this website!) But newer facilitators might find these four benefits useful.

You might have a different view on the benefits, so if I missed one you think is important – do add a comment, or send me a tweet: Sean Blair @ProMeetings

 

How to make a serious LEGO movie

July 29, 2015 in Serious Play Case Studies

Yesterday I facilitated an ‘ExportJam’ workshop commissioned by UK Trade & Investment (UKTI – a Government department) that aimed to generate ideas for how the UK can double exports by 2020.

At the workshop mid point we recorded stories that looked like this:

To film in this way I used a Logitech C930 webcam, a 20m USB Cable, Quicktime player (to record, with a few helpful hints) plus a few lego bricks, black gaffer tape and a range of mini-figures.

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Serious Lego Movie gear

This approach seems better able to get into the story of the model, plus when the feed is simultaneously projected onto a large screen  a large group can see the story at the same time.

We made 10 short films in all (all on the ExportJam YouTube channel), here are three others perspectives.

Please share any tips for making your own serious lego movies!

This post first appeared on the ProMeet blog.

Sean Blair @ProMeetings

Lego Serious Play. A remarkably adult way of working

July 19, 2015 in About Lego Serious Play

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Adrian Crookes, (pictured) is a course leader at the London College of Communication. At the end of a workshop I facilitated this week, he reflected,

“I thought LEGO Serious play was a remarkably adult way of getting together to discuss issues and problems”. Conversely meetings using post-it notes and flip charts seem to infantilise by comparison.”

I love this comment because it challenges the negative perceptions that inevitably arise with a process that contains the words “LEGO” and “Play”.

Of course sometimes traditional style meetings are appropriate and post-it notes and flip charts, used well, help teams create the results they seek.

But next time you need to get serious thinking on a complex systemic issue, then maybe its time to use a remarkably adult toolkit?

This is a copy of a blog post on the ProMeet website.

What happens at a Lego Serious Play MeetUp?

April 9, 2015 in Serious Play Discussion

By Sean Blair @ProMeetings

The Lego Serious Play London MeetUp run regular mini meets.

These are about two and a half hours in duration, and introduce people to a range of the application techniques that Lego Serious Play uses.

Here are a few photos from a recent MeetUp, which took the subject of government as the theme.

Warm Up Challenge 1: Building a tower

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Photographing our towers!

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Warm Up Challenge 3: Build a model that represents government

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Build a model to show your vision of the UK in 5 years time

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Build a shared model of your vision of the UK in 5 years time

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Build agents that will impact your government: Education

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Agent: Collaborative economy

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Agent: Global Economy

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Agent: Environmental technologies

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Agents: Internet

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Agent: Technology

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Agent: Infrastructure

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Agent: Terrorism

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Agent: Population growth

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Agent: Immigration

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Agent: Different expectations

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Agent: Generation gap

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Vision plus connected agents

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Come to a future meetup in London, Berlin, or Hong Kong for a taste of Lego Serious Play.

If you’re already a certified facilitator, come and share best practice with other facilitators at the ‘master meets’. The first one is in London on April 16th. 

Photos with kind permission from Emma, Emily and Silvia.

The most powerful, well renowned facilitation technique in the world?

March 3, 2015 in Serious Play Training

In 1948, a peasant farmer started a business making tractors. Within five years this man – Ferruccio – was one of the richest men in Italy. He amassed a fine collection of cars – Alfa Romeos, Maseratis, Lancias – but his heart belonged to his Ferraris, of which he owned six.

Just one thing bothered him: all of his Ferraris had clutch problems. One day in his workshop he discovered why: the clutch in his Ferraris was the same part he used in his tractors. Ferruccio complained to Enzo Ferrari, who replied: “Ferruccio, you may be able to drive a tractor but you will never be able to handle a Ferrari properly.”

Ferruccio was furious. He vowed to make a car worthy of beating a Ferrari. And as it happens, that’s exactly what he did. He took his revenge by creating one of the most powerful, well renowned cars in the world. The farmer’s full name: Ferruccio Lamborghini.

I love this story because it makes me think that the most powerful, well renowned facilitation techniques in the world might become LEGO® SERIOUS PLAY®.

To do that we’ve got to do more than spread the word, we’ve got to spread the experience.

LEGO® SERIOUS PLAY® Friends and Facilitators.

In that spirit, I recently set up a London MeetUp group for LEGO® SERIOUS PLAY® Friends and Facilitators.

London MeetUp Group – LEGO® SERIOUS PLAY® Friends & Facilitators

I’m pleased to share that the group now has 75 members and 4 MeetsUps all fully booked.

We see the purpose of the MeetUps as a chance to practice, learn and spread the word, helping further legitimise and expand possibility for LEGO® SERIOUS PLAY®. You can see, and join the London MeetUp group, here.

International Chapters

The team I trained with are from six different countries, if you include Scotland. Together we plan to set up a MeetUp group in Singapore, a MeetUp group in Hong Kong, and perhaps groups in Sweden and Holland too.

It seems a good idea to use the social environment of after work MeetUps to run short introductory sessions for LEGO® SERIOUS PLAY®, both to help new facilitators develop there skills in low risk environments and to help explore and validate the application of LEGO® SERIOUS PLAY® in wider applications.

Some MeetUp groups have grown to several thousand members across cities in many countries, perhaps other LEGO® SERIOUS PLAY® evangelists in other parts of the world will join in, and set up MeetUp groups too.

We have three MeetUps planned in March, I’ll let you know how they go. If you’d like to start a MeetUp group in your city, get in touch and lets compare notes. This year a tractor… in time who knows?

This blog post first appeared on the ProMeet website.

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