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LEGO® SERIOUSPLAY®
a Playful Tool for Your Challenges
Marko Rillo
@MarkoRillo
markorillo.com
Freeform building exercise with
virtual feedback round – alone or in a group
• Grab a handful of LEGO® bric...
markorillo.com
What is "Hand-mind connection"
Homunculi of Natural History Museum of London
• Artistic rendition of a "tin...
markorillo.com
LEGO® SERIOUS PLAY®?
SERIOUS
markorillo.com
Adults playing with bricks? For a diploma!?!?
markorillo.com
Playfulness leads to better solutions
"Opposite of play is
not work, it is
depression!"
- Stuart Brown, Nat...
markorillo.com
Roots of LEGO® SERIOUSPLAY®
Kjeld Kirk Kristiansen
CEO and owner of LEGO
Johan Roos
Bart Victor
markorillo.com
LEGO® SERIOUSPLAY® users
markorillo.com
You might ask – why your office might use
LEGO® SERIOUSPLAY®?
• Just checking your exercise?
• Have you man...
markorillo.com
LEGO® SERIOUSPLAY® engages people
“Lean Backward” meeting:
a few participants engage
“Lean Forward” meeting...
markorillo.com
We understand each other better
Play is honest –
it shows us things we did
not know we knew
Models simplify...
markorillo.com
You can remember metaphors more easily
Photo credit: © LEGO® Imaginopedia for Skills Building, p. 10.
markorillo.com
What do you need to carry out a workshop with
LEGO® SERIOUSPLAY® ?
A group and a trained facilitator A set ...
markorillo.com
While there are dedicated SERIOUSPLAY® sets,
any bricks will do!
markorillo.com
Types of challenges with
LEGO® SERIOUSPLAY®
Short challenges 2-8h
• Constructive discussions
• Team buildin...
markorillo.com
Skills building before you start with full
LEGO® SERIOUSPLAY® tasks
Some introductory skills building
tasks...
markorillo.com
Core process of LEGO® SERIOUSPLAY®
1. Posing a question 2. Construction 3. Sharing 4. Reflection
markorillo.com
LEGO® SERIOUSPLAY® application technique
Presenting a challenge
With the help of a facilitator
Building a m...
markorillo.com
LEGO® SERIOUSPLAY® application technique
Telling a story
To understand other team members
Creating a landsc...
markorillo.com
LEGO® SERIOUSPLAY® application technique
Creating connections and building a system
To understand relations...
markorillo.com
Remember the rules and etiquette of
LEGO® SERIOUSPLAY®
• Facilitator sets challenge and time
• Follow the s...
markorillo.com
Over to you!
• Take a photo of your buildings and
share it with: #LegoSeriousPlay to
@SeriousPlayPro or @Ma...
markorillo.com
Discuss at: http://SeriousPlayPro.com/forum
twitter.com/SeriousPlayPro
facebook.com/SeriousPlayPro
astore.a...
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Introduction to LEGO SERIOUS PLAY - a Playful Tool for Your Challenges

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Introductory presentation of LEGO SERIOUS PLAY and of its use for approaching business challenges. Video of the presentation is here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ucn5QqhtxaU

Presented by Marko Rillo from SeriousPlayPro.com - the global community of LEGO® SERIOUS PLAY® facilitators.

Take a photo of your buildings and share: #LegoSeriousPlay with http://twitter.com/SeriousPlayPro or send your questions and comments to http://seriousplaypro.com/forum

The presentation focuses on three reasons why LEGO® SERIOUS PLAY® makes a difference
1) stronger engagement of a team
2) play helps to understand better
3) metaphors help conveying messages and remember the most important.

Types of challenges with LEGO® SERIOUS PLAY®.

Core process of LEGO® SERIOUS PLAY® (4- Step Core Process. Copyright by Kristiansen & Rasmussen (2014) Building a Better Business Using the Lego Serious Play Method. page 51: www.amazon.com/dp/1118832450/?tag=seriousplay-20):
1. Posing a question
2. Constructing the model
3. Sharing the story of the model
4. Reflecting and synthesizing on the model

It also briefly touches upon primary application techniques of LEGO® SERIOUS PLAY®.

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Introduction to LEGO SERIOUS PLAY - a Playful Tool for Your Challenges

  1. 1. markorillo.com LEGO® SERIOUSPLAY® a Playful Tool for Your Challenges Marko Rillo @MarkoRillo
  2. 2. markorillo.com Freeform building exercise with virtual feedback round – alone or in a group • Grab a handful of LEGO® bricks and start fiddling with them – Use bricks to build a challenge you face personally or professionally – Or build anything that comes to your mind and hands while listening • Take a photo of your buildings and share: #LegoSeriousPlay @SeriousPlayPro
  3. 3. markorillo.com What is "Hand-mind connection" Homunculi of Natural History Museum of London • Artistic rendition of a "tiny man" - body parts are proportionate to its respective cortex areas in brain • Using your hands serves like a "search engine" of your mind • Fiddling with material objects gets your thoughts flowing Wilson (1998) The Hand: How its use shapes the brain, language and human culture. http://www.amazon.com/dp/0679740473/?tag=seriousplay-20
  4. 4. markorillo.com LEGO® SERIOUS PLAY®? SERIOUS
  5. 5. markorillo.com Adults playing with bricks? For a diploma!?!?
  6. 6. markorillo.com Playfulness leads to better solutions "Opposite of play is not work, it is depression!" - Stuart Brown, National Institute for Play Photo credit: © Otto Bettmann/CORBIS Brown & Vaughan (2009) Play: How It Shapes the Brain, Opens the Imagination, and …. http://www.amazon.com/dp/1583333339/?tag=seriousplay-20
  7. 7. markorillo.com Roots of LEGO® SERIOUSPLAY® Kjeld Kirk Kristiansen CEO and owner of LEGO Johan Roos Bart Victor
  8. 8. markorillo.com LEGO® SERIOUSPLAY® users
  9. 9. markorillo.com You might ask – why your office might use LEGO® SERIOUSPLAY®? • Just checking your exercise? • Have you managed to build already? – If yes then great – just keep on going – If not then now is utmost time to start • If you are in a group then observe what has started happening around you
  10. 10. markorillo.com LEGO® SERIOUSPLAY® engages people “Lean Backward” meeting: a few participants engage “Lean Forward” meeting: most participants engage
  11. 11. markorillo.com We understand each other better Play is honest – it shows us things we did not know we knew Models simplify complexities of our work
  12. 12. markorillo.com You can remember metaphors more easily Photo credit: © LEGO® Imaginopedia for Skills Building, p. 10.
  13. 13. markorillo.com What do you need to carry out a workshop with LEGO® SERIOUSPLAY® ? A group and a trained facilitator A set of LEGO bricks A challenge and enough time for work
  14. 14. markorillo.com While there are dedicated SERIOUSPLAY® sets, any bricks will do!
  15. 15. markorillo.com Types of challenges with LEGO® SERIOUSPLAY® Short challenges 2-8h • Constructive discussions • Team building • Problem solving • Creating shared understanding • Unleashing creative thinking • (Job) interviews • Analysing product user requirements Complex challenges 8-40h or even longer • Strategy development and exploration, e.g. customer profiling, stakeholder mapping • Organizational development – resource, capability discussions • Innovation and product development – creative ideas into concrete concepts • Change management – facilitating and implementing changes and mergers • Discussion of team / organization values
  16. 16. markorillo.com Skills building before you start with full LEGO® SERIOUSPLAY® tasks Some introductory skills building tasks to get the group in the flow
  17. 17. markorillo.com Core process of LEGO® SERIOUSPLAY® 1. Posing a question 2. Construction 3. Sharing 4. Reflection
  18. 18. markorillo.com LEGO® SERIOUSPLAY® application technique Presenting a challenge With the help of a facilitator Building a model Using bricks and imagination Giving meaning(s) Using metaphors
  19. 19. markorillo.com LEGO® SERIOUSPLAY® application technique Telling a story To understand other team members Creating a landscape For sense-making in the team
  20. 20. markorillo.com LEGO® SERIOUSPLAY® application technique Creating connections and building a system To understand relationships Generating principles To manage future Thinking, testing and play To develop scenarios
  21. 21. markorillo.com Remember the rules and etiquette of LEGO® SERIOUSPLAY® • Facilitator sets challenge and time • Follow the steps: – Build individually  Share  Reflect – Build collectively  Share  Reflect • The answer is in the system (kids who use anything they play with) • Ask questions about model, not about the person • No right-wrong but different perspectives (blind men and an elephant) • No bystanders nor freeloaders – everybody has a chance to explain and participate • Maintain the flow – make sure that everybody is engaged
  22. 22. markorillo.com Over to you! • Take a photo of your buildings and share it with: #LegoSeriousPlay to @SeriousPlayPro or @MarkoRillo • Add - what did you build, learn and what questions came up • Our community would be happy to engage in further discussions
  23. 23. markorillo.com Discuss at: http://SeriousPlayPro.com/forum twitter.com/SeriousPlayPro facebook.com/SeriousPlayPro astore.amazon.com/seriousplay-20 linkedin.com/company/seriousplaypro.com plus.google.com/+Seriousplaypro/

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