I’ve just emerged from four days in London, immersed in the official Lego® Serious Play® (LSP) Facilitator training. After almost 96 hours of Lego-based work and play (it was hard not to dream about Lego after the long days), I returned with stud-impressions in my fingers and a mind full of possibilities.
Joined by 12 wonderful participants from business and education, from across Europe and the US, the training was delivered by one of the original creators of LSP, Robert Rasmussen.
I can’t divulge too many trade secrets here, but can share a few of the highlights:
- Watching Robert facilitate was a master class in itself: his experience and charismatic yet carefully crafted approach kept us all engaged throughout the whole training course.
- LSP is based on two simple principles: everyone gets to share their thoughts, and everyone listens; and all thinking is done through model making.
- We were, of course, surrounded by Lego throughout – and I was amazed how simply fiddling with the bricks, testing the ways they fitted together and making small meaningless creations, helped my concentration and thinking during our ‘reflective’ moments. Since returning to work, I now have a small pile of Lego permanently on my desktop.
- LSP uses metaphor and storytelling: over the four days we created individual models representing our skills and approaches; shared models to build a sense of our collective abilities; and hugely rich landscapes where we could experiment with events and futures to see how our network would be affected. The power of the approach is incredible.
I’ve already thought of a number of strategic and team-based meetings I can apply the approach to within my own institution; and the rich network we developed between the participants is already bringing opportunities for shared approaches across Europe.
The LSP website can be found at: http://seriousplay.training
I’m now a qualified facilitator, so get in touch if you’re interested in the LSP approach.