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
If you are a trained LEGO® SERIOUS PLAY® facilitator perhaps you’ve heard the odd debate about what is (or isn’t) LEGO® SERIOUS PLAY®. This diagram seeks to demystify the obvious. Obviously.
View or download PDF in at http://www.serious.global/Is-that-LEGO-SERIOUS-PLA...
“LEGO® SERIOUS PLAY® is entering a new phase. New applications will be developed by the international community of users, and may be shared online. In this new phase, we welcome creative uses of these tools, and innovation in the community”
Use this technique to share a small model to a room full of people, when you have a workshop with more than 20 participants.
A LEGO cam (iPhone) linked to an Apple TV in a shared model building workshop
The sample video below was taken at a workshop of 50 people working on 8 tables in a big room. The team was exploring the nature of Interdependence.Read more
The serious play story began in 1996 when Institute for Management Development (IMD) professors Johan Roos and Bart Victor created the "serious play" concept and process as a way to enable managers to describe, create and challenge their views of their business. LEGO joined the story during an IMD program for the top 300 leaders in the LEGO® Company.
LEGO® SERIOUS PLAY® © 2017 The LEGO Group
© ProMeet 2017. Serious Work is a subsidiary of ProMeet, a professional meeting facilitation business. www.meeting-facilitation.co.uk