We are very happy to announce that we have a certified LEGO® SERIOUS PLAY® Facilitator in our company! Vasilis Gkogkidis has been working with us since June 2016 and has successfully delivered talks, workshops and training on gamification. After experimenting with LEGO® SERIOUS PLAY® on several workshops, he now is certified on using the LEGO® SERIOUS PLAY® methodology to facilitate meetings and workshops.
Why LEGO® SERIOUS PLAY®
In the mid 90’s LEGO was facing many challenges due to the rise of video games. They needed a tool to improve their strategy and creativity. LEGO worked closely with academics specialised in organisational strategy and developed LEGO® SERIOUS PLAY®. A methodology that uses LEGO bricks at its core but is so much more than just building LEGO.
LEGO® SERIOUS PLAY® is a facilitation methodology that makes sure all voices are heard during meetings and workshops. We first build and then we share. We build shared knowledge and understanding on the problems and challenges that the organisation is facing. We share a common vision and a list of possible solutions to these challenges. We believe that leaders do not have all the answers, people want to contribute and be part of something bigger and share their knowledge. LEGO® SERIOUS PLAY® taps into that part of our brain that keeps the subconscious knowledge we all have.
Research says that subconscious knowledge is 95% of our total knowledge. What we don’t think about everyday but we know it’s there. It also taps into our creativity, the part of us that still feels like a child and wants to play and experiment with new ideas and knowledge. In science this is called constructionism theory and was developed by Seymour Papert. Papert found out that learning happens especially when we actively construct something external to us.
GAMIFICATION+ and LEGO® SERIOUS PLAY®
Vasilis has already used the LEGO® SERIOUS PLAY® methodology to assist teams in solving their issues and planning for the future. Here are some of the testimonies that our clients have given us so far.
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Hi, I did your workshop at the Brighton Summit the other week and I'm still making everyone who comes to my home, build their vision for the future and how thy're going to get there!
It was a great workshop 🙂
We came to a point during the workshop where they all had to agree on a strategy to move the company forward. An argument rose from their shared model. The argument was about their pricing policy and how they could make sure that they had the necessary cash flow to keep the company running in the future.
It took them around 45 minutes to come to an agreement and shape a shared vision about their pricing strategy. For an all-day workshop 45 minutes for one part of the strategy is a lot of time and can be proven fatal in terms of reaching a tangible outcome.
That is the strong point of LSP though and where a team gets a lot of value.
Difficult problems will arise that maybe wouldn’t otherwise and you have already created an environment of communication and creativity that is ideal for tackling difficult problems and building a common consensus on how to move forward.
The strategy workshop proved invaluable to myself and my co-director. We covered a lot of ground very quickly, guided by the unique process and would wholeheartedly recommend it to every leadership team.
“Participants never come up with the same thing. They will use different blocks, it will be a different design entirely. Even if you tried to encourage it people would never deliver the same outcome.”
The idea is there on the table alive and breathing through a model of Lego and that makes a huge difference for the learning process of these workshops.
What really sets an LSP session apart from a regular meeting or workshop is not only the use of LEGO but the facilitation method that requires everyone’s voice to be heard and in equal terms. It’s a very democratic process that gets everyone involved.
I am a doctoral researcher at SPRU (Science Policy Research Unit) at the University of Sussex where I research Gamification, LEGO® SERIOUS PLAY® and Serious Games and how they can support Innovation Management. I am a LEGO® SERIOUS PLAY® facilitator working at GAMIFICATION+ where I help organisations build their visions and strategies for the future and solve problems.
LSP workshops are not another meeting where the loudest voices prevail and great insights and ideas are lost.
Build your way to better business – a powerful tool designed to enhance innovation and business performance.
Tap into the hidden expertise of your organization.
Transform insight and awareness into commitment and shared goals.
The LEGO® SERIOUS PLAY® methodology is an innovative process designed to enhance innovation and business performance.
Based on research which shows that this kind of hands-on, minds-on learning produces a deeper, more meaningful understanding of the world and its possibilities, the LEGO® SERIOUS PLAY® methodology deepens the reflection process and supports an effective dialogue – for everyone in the organization.
The LEGO® SERIOUS PLAY® methodology is an innovative, experimental process designed to enhance innovation and business performance.
Playing with strategy while getting insights on your business! LEGO helped us visualise our ideas and find solutions for our challenges as an organisation.
We are very happy that LEGO® SERIOUS PLAY® facilitation is now part of the services we can offer you and we would like to help you come up with new ideas, innovate, solve problems and face challenges. We want to assist you on whatever journey your organisation is going through and we strongly believe that LEGO® SERIOUS PLAY® is a valuable tool.
We are especially interested in working with charities and government bodies trying to solve the big challenges in our world like education, poverty, sustainability and green growth.
If you are interested in having a chat with us on how we could design a workshop for a specific problem in your organisation send us an email at [email protected]