Lego + Work = a more innovative business
Through a LEGO Serious Play session, businesses can:
✔ Tackle difficult problems
✔ Improve team communication
✔ Increase employee engagement
✔ Drive creativity and innovation
✔ Have a more genuine conversation about the issues that really matter
The Greek philosopher Plato once said, “You can learn more about a person in an hour of play than you can from a lifetime of conversation.” A new program offered by Lego draws on this ancient wisdom by using Lego bricks to help a company’s employees articulate concepts in a new way that accesses the whole brain and opens up pathways for each team member to contribute to potentially novel and richer solutions.
The LEGO® SERIOUS PLAY® Method is a facilitated meeting, communication and problem-solving process in which participants are led through a series of questions, probing deeper and deeper into the subject.
Each participant builds their own 3D LEGO® model in reaction to the group facilitator´s questions using specially preselected LEGO® elements. These 3D models serve as a basis for group discussion, knowledge sharing, problem solving and decision making.
We also empower our clients to utilize Lego Serious Play techniques in their own praxis by coaching and guiding them, giving them the tools and the benefit of our experience so they can get the most out of their meetings.
The best way to see the power of LEGO Serious Play is to experience it for yourself. Get in touch to see what it can do for your business or join us every Wednesday from 10:00am- 12:00pm PST.
Sometimes it takes having a little bit of fun to dismantle the social walls we've built at the workplace. Playing with LEGO in the workspace can aid in the destruction of those walls and help build relationships with your employees and coworkers.
"People are at their most mindful when they play. If we can find ways of enjoying our work, blurring the lines between work and play, the gains will be greater." - Ellen Langer, Professor of Psychology, Harvard University
Lego + Work = a more mindful business
In our constant pursuit of mindfulness, finding an engaging hobby to embrace some quiet me-time- in an ever digitalized world- LEGO has eared as the solution we didn't know we needed. Lego Build Yourself Happy: The Joy of LEGO Play includes more than 50 mindful LEGO building actives, discover how you can find balance, better connect with peers, relax and improve your sleep hygiene.
LEGO has emphasized building on the concept of mindfulness. Defined as a subsection of meditation, practicing mindfulness consists of being aware of your surroundings within your mind and body.
To delve into a mindful state,LEGO suggests focusing on a certain element of your world that maintains consistency. Fixating on your breath, for example, is a perfect model of something that is constant.
However, focusing on your breathing isn't the only option at hand. Sewing, sweeping, or well, building with LEGO, are routes that could help you discover a state of mindfulness. Concentrating on the clicking sound of LEGO bricks being put together is one way of kickstarting mindfulness.
Our Advice on Building with LEGO
✔ Build with an open mind
✔ Don't draw your idea beforehand, let the creativity come as you build
✔ Bricks fall apart sometimes, and that's okay!
✔ Think of ways you can solve a problem through LEGO. Don't have the right type of brick? There are ways to get around that!
✔ When building with others, always be encouraging toward their building endeavors
You want to build something out of LEGO but don't want to follow the mundane rules that would end in the creation of Obi-Wan Kenobi's Starfighter. We get it! Read on to get some advice on building with LEGO rule-free.
Stare at a pile of LEGO
No really, this actually works. Look at the pile and think of what you can utilize to make something, like a flower, penguin, coffee mug, or the Empire State Building. If you have black and white bricks, build a penguin. If not, maybe don't build one, unless colorful penguins are your thing. The point is, work with what you have.
Can't think of what to build?
That's okay! Start with something that is near you. If you see a heart shaped necklace lying on your dresser, maybe build a multi-colored heart! If nothing around you is of any interest, think of somewhere you'd like to visit. The Empire State Building? Now it's time to get to work.
Jesse is a 2nd generation creative, 3rd generation tech worker, 5th generation West Coaster and founded Miller Communications in 2009. Jesse is certified in Lego Serious Play, he is a certified Apple Mobile Technician, manager & developer.
Jesse invites you to join him regularly into his personal creative development process as he will lead and guide you, your family or your team through the Lego Communication & Creative Development process.