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Bringing Play to Work

The term 'work' may not naturally bring in the concept of play. Play is at times seen a frivolous and not perceived as the norm in the corporate world, however, studies have shown the benefits of bringing fun through play at the place of work.

A fantastic quote about play can be credited to Einstein (1879 – 1955) a brilliant German-born scientist of the modern age who ironically said “Play is the highest form of research.”

We hear of many companies creating chill-out zones, break spaces and hangout spots for their employees. Play can serve a purpose by drawing in on elements of fantasy and creative imagination by pretending, focusing attention to a role or setting which eventually gives us a natural therapeutic experience through our voluntary or unconscious intentions.

The concept LEGO® Serious Play® (LSP) is simply using LEGO® bricks to ‘build’ strategic ideas such as identity, envision, and explore new solutions or alternatives by allowing participants to think using their hands. Various companies including the big 4, MasterCard, UniCredit, Google, and many more have used the concept of LEGO® Serious Play® over the last 15 years since its inception. LEGO® Serious Play ® is a facilitated workshop where participants respond to tasks by building symbolic and metaphorical models with LEGO bricks and present them to the other participants. When used correctly LSP is a very powerful tool intended to enhance innovation, business performance or problem-solving.

LEGO® SERIOUS PLAY® breaks the 20/80 meeting dynamics (20 per cent of the participants, possibly most senior member or meeting host, take 80 per cent of the time) and creates a meeting where everybody is leaning in and contributing. Once this happens, participants unlock their full potential and this method finally breaks the habitual thinking and unearths new and surprising insights. LEGO® SERIOUS PLAY® gives a hand to the head allowing a 100/100 meeting, conversations where 100% of attendees are contributing their full potential – 100% of what they have to offer.

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