On March 3, 2015, an open LEGO® SERIOUS PLAY® info evening was organized in the premises of the trainer co-operation “verrückte Impulse”. The evening was themed “tackling instead of talking” and the participants were requested to imagine how one of their next conferences would really run fast and efficiently. How would that work? With the help of the LEGO SERIOUS PLAY method!
So we introduced the method more precisely. Up to 12 enthusiastic and interested participants had a heap of selected LEGO bricks in front of them. The participants came from all areas and levels of hierarchy and also had different experiences with LEGO bricks. We moderated the visitors through a 60-minute process and allowed them to work out what the ideal colleague should look like.
Although the question was fictional in this case, it is a useful reference to reality. Because when it comes to personnel selection, it is important to test the requirements of collegiality and teamwork. Unfortunately, this question is often ignored, since professional skills are often in the foreground during the selection process. This 60-minute demonstration should easily show how a model of the ideal employee can be, how everyone can communicate with this model and how the personnel department can succeed in incorporating these characteristics into the requirements profile of the candidate.
The feedback from the participants after the event has been consistently positive. So the initial skepticism gave way to a “playful” very quickly growing enthusiasm and the participants ended up being a little unhappy that the 60 minutes were soon over. As always, the “flow” was observed: the state in which participants of a LEGO SERIOUS PLAY Workshop forget the environment and fully concentrate on their model. This effect is one of the reasons why workshops are so fast after the LEGO SERIOUS PLAY method.
Of course, the LEGO SERIOUS PLAY method is not only suitable for personnel selection or for teambuilding processes. It is also used to develop new products and applications as well as the definition of strategy. In this way, complete and complex business structures as well as their influencing factors can be built. As such, various influences on the company can be simulated, their effects studied, and the appropriate countermeasures developed in advance.
We would like to thank the colleagues at “verrückten impulse ” for their support and the opportunity to present LEGO SERIOUS PLAY at the Info evening.