You are familiar what is LEGO® Serious Play® and you would like to learn how to apply it to your practice? This methodology is for you if you are working as a leader, coach, trainer, facilitator or a consultant. Essentially anybody who needs to communicate a lot with people can gain additional skills from the training of LEGO® Serious Play® facilitation methodology. The training focuses on the skills of a participative leader - somebody who truly empowers their teams. LEGO® Serious Play® tool-set will give skills for better meetings and interactions.
If you are interested in learning about how to facilitate with LEGO® Serious Play® I would be gladly your tour guide. We have discussed and co-authored this training approach with my friend Sean Blair as a Serious Work training offer. Our approach is innovative. You will certainly learn a lot about LEGO® Serious Play® facilitation techniques. It is training that allows you to facilitate a lot. You will also have lots of fun along the way. That is a promise! :o)
My favorite work has always been in-house facilitation and in-house training. In-house training sessions have dual focus.
I will interview you before attending training with me. In my interview I will ask you about your aims - important personal or professional objectives. Most want to work on something important in their lives (e.g. starting or growing their business, running a marathon, breaking or shaping a habit etc). Therefore, also my public LSP training sessions deliver dual aims.
Photo credit: Sean Blair Promeet. From Serious Work book.
I prefer to train groups of 4-10 and our participant feedback tells that the ideal group size to learn LEGO® Serious Play® is six-seven participants.
We can listen to each other, take turns to practice facilitation. All training participants get to experience and practice facilitation first hand.
At the same time, this group is large enough to experience challenges of unfolding group dynamics. Observe discussion, lead the group through moments of low and high energy. Step in when participants are unequal. Reflect upon discussion and building meta-meaning, group's hidden agendas, resistance and flow.
Many trainers start by teaching the first-timers LEGO® Serious Play® applications for real time strategy.
I love doing strategy work and using LEGO® Serious Play® for complex problem solving. I have even written my doctoral dissertation on strategy interplay of innovation and efficiency problems at global telecommunications firms.
However, strategy is the most complex application of LEGO® Serious Play® (see the graph - Level 3 "System models"). It is like learning brain surgery. It is wise to start learning with simpler methods first.
My training is not brain surgery. It starts from basics and works gradually from the ground up:
Graph credit: Sean Blair Promeet. Taken from Serious Work book.
Not everybody wants to perform complex LEGO® Serious Play® "brain surgery". 🙂 If you wish to apply LSP to complex problems, business models or executive strategy meetings then please get in touch with me for an additional info about advanced 2-day LEGO® Serious Play® training.
Some trainers teach Level 3 applications with imaginary system challenges. Artificial system-building practice limits learning experience. Many end up being unprepared to facilitate real strategy work. This is why I use two alternative approaches to enable participants focus on real issues.
1) Live projects. I invite the participants to co-facilitate with me at real projects. Therefore, you will get to learn LEGO® Serious Play® Level 3 facilitation in actual strategy situations.
2) Advanced training. You may also apply to 2-day advanced training that focuses on strategy, business models, scenario building and complex problem solving. Get in touch with me for details. There are strict rules to apply because we will be starting to work with actual strategy projects that have confidentiality limitations.
Most training programmes offer certificates. You will also receive a "certificate of attendance" from me. According to LEGO® Serious Play® Trademark Guidelines you may therefore officially and proudly start using the badge (Your Name), Certified facilitator of LEGO® SERIOUS PLAY® method and materials. Well done!
However, you will find that for your clients a far more useful is an impartial peer reviewed certification. Once you have facilitated enough events, I will guide you to undertake International Association of Facilitators' Professional Certification path, which is something that I am also currently taking.
Some LEGO® Serious Play® trainers do not allow you train others in LEGO® Serious Play® methodology.
My philosophy is different. My training follows Open Source philosophy for three reasons. First I am just critical with myself. I do not find my training perfect - it is constant work in progress anyway.
Second, it is not the tools. One could have the best camera and attend the best photo school, but still end up with poor photos. Likewise, the training materials do not make the training. The trainer does. If you think you can train well - just go ahead spread the story of LEGO® Serious Play®.
Finally, having worked with spin-offs, communities and start-ups I believe in force of the crowd. I believe that we all win by experimenting, prototyping, testing, jamming, sharing, crowd-sourcing. Therefore, you are welcome to use and develop my materials, train others and see yourself what works and what not.
I am active facilitator using LEGO® Serious Play® methodology since 2005, facilitating in Fortune 500 firms, international organizations, government agencies and startup firms.
In 2009 I founded SeriousPlayPro.com community, which now gathers more than 2500 LEGO® Serious Play® practitioners worldwide. Throughout years, I have been one of the most active members of the global community of LEGO® Serious Play® facilitators.
With Sean Blair, I am a co-author of the book Serious Work. How to Facilitate LEGO Serious Play Meetings and Workshops that explains how LEGO® Serious Play® works in practice.
In addition to my LSP credentials, I am also certified executive coach (Erickson ACTP), have PhD degree in innovation management (University of St.Gallen). I work as an associate professor at Estonian Business School. Alongside with business and academic stuff, I also love to play. :o)
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