An Introduction to LEGO Serious Play
Six months ago a colleague told me about his experience with LEGO Serious Play. It sounded so fascinating, I wanted to know more about this experiential process that produced such incredible results. That’s when I discovered that Alan Branagh, one of the most experienced LEGO Serious Play facilitators was based right here in Northern Ireland, so I set up a taster session – I couldn’t wait to get my hands on those familiar LEGO bricks I played with as a child.
The session was very informal and we started with a simple exercise.
Challenge 1: build the tallest free-standing structure using all the Lego pieces in the ‘fiddle bag’ and the Lego man must be at the top. You have 2 minutes – GO!
The results were very interesting. Not one person had built the same 3D model, each one was completely unique and yet we’d all been given the same set of requirements. Some had board, solid foundations whilst others had built skyscrapers with the man at the top. Alan facilitated a short conversation which allowed us to explore why we built what we did, the way we did.
Challenge 2: build a 3D model to represent your current business challenge using any of the pieces of Lego.