Paul's presentation of his experiences was very moving, and inspirational. I believe him being here to talk through and being able to ask questions first hand was great.
I had an enquiry at the end of the week about the possibility of running a Lego Serious Play Facilitation session at a conference. During the phone call the gentleman asked the very question that all people involved with health and safety are looking for. - 'What does health and safety look like?' The only issue was he couldn't see what it would look like using Lego. I could not answer that question as it was a phone call and the limit of communication via a phone line is the lack of visual interaction.
Well, I thought I need to answer that question? The answer is in the bricks (while training we were always told trust the bricks). So while I sit in my hotel room near Chesterfield on a Sunday night, I decided to build my answer (using the bricks available in a window exploration bag. Not all bricks used).
You can see the answer in the attached picture below (built in 3 minutes, any longer and you start to question the question and build what you think other want). So let me explain my answer.
Health and safety is about getting everybody to see the hazards and identifying where they are. It's about providing a barrier to keep them safe. All the time being transparent what they can and can't do, and being clear why this is the case. Finally, it's about getting everybody to have ideas of their own, and own it as well to how health and safety can be improved in the workplace.
What would you build? And Why? It's not just about your model that you built, it is what others build too. And getting that shared model that everybody can commit to, in improving that culture where everyone goes home and returns to work everyday.
So if you want to explore what your lads and lassies would build for a healthier and safer culture then get in touch. By the way why not build and share your models and lets build a better culture together.
ARE YOU LOOKING FOR A COURSE that will deliver something new, inspire the participants to the next level and get them to commit to what is said in the training course. Then the answer could be Lego Serious Play.
So why use Lego Serious Play? The methodology has 4 benefits over other traditional courses.
The course methodology is 'HARD FUN' it's not about people building models out of Lego and going back to their childhood. It's about drawing out the answers within the participant that has not been talked about before, as they have not had a chance or believe that they would not be listened too. While the answers are explored within the group, which can be hard. It is fun too, as the team work together building individual and team models.
The methodology encourages people to explore and navigate around the model built by asking questions about it and not interrogating the person. The participants involved in the course are encouraged to negotiate a shared model or landscape in which they can all commit to in helping them move forward and develop further as a team.
'USUALLY THE WACKY PEOPLE HAVE THE BREAKTHROUGHS. THE 'SMART' PEOPLE DON'T' - Burt Rutan
Several Videos from YouTube (these open in new window)
So, if you would like a taster session to see if it would help your employees (whatever their level) in encouraging a safer, healthier culture. Get in contact to arrange a session.
This week I attend a facilitation course to run Lego Serious Play, you may think how can this make a difference to my organisation?
Well, it changes the way people get involved with the questions being asked, especially with cultural change. The methodology of the serious play thinking is that everybody is involved in the session as they lean in, building their ideals in real time and giving that out of the box answer.
As everybody is involved it can stop that poor survey response because the session becomes the survey and everybody has to be involved and respond. As the other members of the session questions the model, not the person. So, a strategy evolves in front of your eyes and in your hands.
Health and safety can benefit and be improved as well as instead of people sitting around, arms crossed and looking at either the floor or ceiling, they get involved as they are invited to take part and express their views.
There is no PowerPoint, no flipcharts and no sitting around listening to someone teach a subject,. It is lean in, involving everyone and fun with a goal in mind.
Plato said 'You can discover more about a person in an hour of play than in a year of conversation'. Nearly 2500 years later we are starting to see how right he was. A session can last a few hours to a couple of days depending how deep you want to go.
Play brings the best out of us and it gives a new light to areas that have become stale and run out of ideas. It allows people to join in where before there were not involved or felt part off the process. It makes ideas easier to see as they are there on the table staring us in the face.
As most people are either visual or kinaesthetic when they learn a large majority of employees are involved straightaway, the auditory learners are still involved as they are included at the storytelling and Q&A. It is a very much win - win situation when it comes to moving things forward in the right direction.
Other uses for the Lego Serious Play to help the organisation can be coaching and mentoring employees (any level) or mindfulness sessions to unlocking employees stress,
If you are interested in developing employees and/or the organisation then please get in touch to discuss your requirements in going to new frontiers.