Whilst training LEGO in LEGO® SERIOUS PLAY® in Switzerland we were delighted to introduce them to a new way of connecting bricks with one of our LEGOHacks. It was a little unexpected on our part, but a great moment to share learning and build the participants repertoire.
What was it we shared?
It was our Join Thin-End plates hack
Connect a plate to a studded block by mounting it in between the studs.
Vincent Doyle (course participant) said: "I've worked at Lego for two years and I never knew you could connect bricks in that way!"
Our favourite uses include impromptu walls, diving boards or even a sail. What might you use it for?
A career highlight is when you get to train LEGO how to facilitate LEGO® SERIOUS PLAY®...
After reviewing numerous LEGO® SERIOUS PLAY® training approaches, we were elated that The LEGO Foundation selected SeriousWork to run a two day Build Level 1 and Build Level 2 masterclass for their team in Switzerland.
"We felt honoured to take our unique practiced-based and facilitation centred approach to leaning LEGO® SERIOUS PLAY® to the LEGO Foundation," said SeriousWork founder Sean Blair.
The course followed the same outline and objectives that underpins our two day public and in-house training meaning that graduates of the SeriousWork LEGO® SERIOUS PLAY® are in some really cool company.
"Thank you, Sean, for 2 amazing and inspiring days"
Laura Paola Finsterbusch HR & Capability Building
Sometimes builds need the brick stud direction to be reversed, if you ever need to do this (or help someone else) then you can use our '$100 Stud to Stud hack'. Simply use any 2x1 tile (a brick with no studs, like the $100 brick) as a way to connect studs to studs.
There are other ways to achieve the same thing... watch out for future hacks or sign up for more hacks in future newsletters here.
Yea! we just published our first newsletter packed with: Ideas - Things that you can steal and make your own. Tips - Ways to be more awesome. Inspiration - Stories from the field. Opportunities - Ways for you to grow your skills.
But best of all the start of our new series of #Legohacks. Our first hack is about: Ladders!
The Challenge: connecting a ladder + baseplate
The LEGO® Hack: add Minifigure legs
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Experienced professionals practicing facilitation
By SeriousPlayPro founder and SeriousWork co-author Marko Rillo
In July I attended Serious Work LEGO Serious Play masterclass with Sean. When I entered his training venue I met enthusiastic Sean who graciously introduced us to the venue, to the bricks and to each other.Read more
In the Serious Work Training in May 2017 we set the students the build question "Build a shared model to show the super powers facilitators have".
Here is participant Paul Brown telling the story of the shared model:
I have been doing a bit of research into the theory's underpinning LEGO® SERIOUS PLAY®, and have come across a book first published in 1944 by Johan Huizinga called Homo Ludens, Man the Player. You can read it yourself on the PDF link from Yale University below, but just these two excerpts from the first chapter highlight the ancient and serious importance of play.
CHAPTER 1: NATURE AND SIGNIFICANCE OF PLAY AS A CULTURAL PHENOMENONRead more
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?
This post is by SeriousWork author Sean Blair, who spends most of his time facilitating meetings and workshops for clients in many countries on behalf of ProMeet, a professional facilitation business.
Firstly he proposes that there are five levels of listening that we use in meetings. Next he explains how LEGO® SERIOUS PLAY® uses three modes of communication that results in higher levels of listening. Finally, for facilitators familiar with LEGO® SERIOUS PLAY®, Sean shares how to help people listen and understand even more fully.
Serious Work does not teach LEGO® SERIOUS PLAY®. Instead we train you how to professionally facilitate using LEGO® SERIOUS PLAY®.
This re-frame means we provide lots of opportunities for participants to practice their facilitation skills and build their confidence to use the method.
If you're curious to know what our masterclasses look like the photos and video below show you a Serious Work Masterclass in action and comments from course participants might give you a sense of the feel of our way of training (thanks Paul and Caroline!)
The overarching course objective
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