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Spontaneous Lego® Serious Play®

 

Spontaneous Lego Serious Play Considiom

If there is one thing that always reminds me how powerful and versatile Lego® Serious Play® is, it has to be “spontaneous LSP” (Lego® Serious Play®). These are unplanned LSP sessions that start simply because someone expresses curiosity in the Lego® bricks I have on my desk or in my bag and once we take them out, they start building.

By way of an example, I was working as a train-the-trainer last week helping managers develop the skills they need to roll out technical training programs. One of the managers noticed the bricks and expressed interest. I took them out and briefly explained how we use them. During the next break he started to play with the Lego and he built a model using all the bricks. He told me it was relevant to the technical training session he was giving but he asked me to guess what he was trying to say. I intuitively got it 90% right because I understood the context and his possible inspiration. In the model he was showing how important it was for users to actually use the technical tool he was teaching because although initially complicated, it was only by trial and error that they were going to get to the stage where it would save them time an effort.

He then presented this model to all 25 participants on the course to make this point, they asked questions about the model and they got it. It was also a welcome break from PC based training.

Because we were now on an LSP roll, after the session we did a debrief of his performance and the success of the training session via Lego.

That is “spontaneous LSPl”! It happens to me quite often and it is always gratifying to see how easily it starts and how clear and effective the results are.

Regards,

Considiom.

 

What are you afraid of?

A few months back we were hired to do a Lego Serious Play (LSP) workshop with a team of 20 people in a large financial services company in Madrid. The HR department received two proposals from us – one more traditional in its approach and the other a 100% LSP workshop.

Despite a strong  “warning” from HR – “we have never done this type of training before and we are not sure about it…” – the manager had a specific need, had tried other methods and thus opted for something different. Here are the results.

I quote this example often in training when talking about fears. While we all rationally understand the concept of having to do something different to get different results, more often than not we fall back on our inbreed fears (the unknown, failure, judgement etc…) and these limit our ability to take risks and so we either play safe or fool ourselves we are taking risks by packaging what we have always done in a different way.

Firstly, trying something different to get different results requires taking risks and strategic risk taking is fundamental to effective leadership.

Secondly, without an element of fear there is no challenge, and it is only through challenge that we learn effectively and this is as valid in the training room as it is in personal development.

Considiom, Madrid.

 

 

Shake The Tree

Varear el Arbol

Just like any olive tree can produce olives, we are all creative and we are all capable of coming up with innovative and creative ideas in our work.

An olive tree needs a solid base, sun and nourishment. People need both an innovative and creative work environment and sources of inspiration.

Olives grow and ripen but they don’t always fall where and when we want them to fall. To get a full harvest we need to shake the tree. People too hold on to creative thoughts and ideas and  in order to get a full harvest, there are many tricks and tools that we can use to shake their creative tree.

After a successful harvest there is a full selection process that ensures that only the best olives make it to the premium products. Likewise, great ideas can only succeed if there is a full selection process that correctly identifies and exploits their potential.

Does your company nurture and encourage creativity and innovation like it should? Do you consistently shake the tree or do allow potentially great ideas to ripen on the tree, dry out and fall to the ground unnoticed?