Participatory Development Workshops

Facing A Complex Problem And Have No Clue Where To Begin?

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As part of our service offerings, People Psyence® designs and carries out Participatory Strategic Development Workshops using the LEGO® SERIOUS PLAY® materials and methodology.

Organisations, teams and individuals can leverage on the LEGO® SERIOUS PLAY® method (LSP) to facilitate thinking, enhance communication and solve problems. Based on the concept of ‘hand knowledge’, it draws on extensive research from the field of business, organisational development, psychology and learning.

Focused on the Core Process as a foundation that defines what happens next, the LSP method puts to use the Seven Application Techniques that is mastered step-by-step. The complexity increases based on the problems to be addressed, how the core process is being applied i.e. how it is being designed and facilitated.

Why use the LEGO® SERIOUS PLAY® method?

Tapping into the human ability to imagine, to describe and to make sense of the situation at hand, LSP also looks at how to initiate change and improvement, or even create something radically new. Doing away with the typical discussions in meetings, participants go through a unique process where they are ‘encouraged to think with their hands’. Using a chosen selection of LEGO® bricks and elements, it unleashes insights, inspiration and imagination. The LSP method is based on the belief that everyone has something unique and valuable to bring to the table.

The Science behind the LEGO® SERIOUS PLAY® method

LEGO® SERIOUS PLAY® At Work in Business

Pharmaceutical Company Building a New Manufacturing Site

An international pharmaceutical company headquartered in Scandinavia planned to construct a new USD$200 million manufacturing facility in South America, their largest ever, in a much shorter time span as compared to their existing facilities. To tackle the challenges of leaders’ relocation difficulties, uniting the leaders on both personal and professional level, as well as alignment between headquarters and South American team members. The LSP intervention made it possible for all these parties to understand the project’s systemwide impact and identify potential problem areas that were previously not noticeable to them. The results also saw relocated families happily adjusting to their new environment.

Building a Transformational Leadership Team at a Global Service Centre

The client was a global network and communications company with three global service centres that support the entire organisation. The centre in Mexico City had grown from 100 to 3000 employees in a span of three years. The purpose of intervention was to build a leadership team that could create and carry out transformation. Participants from different countries in Latin America were given the opportunity to explore not only their own values and strengths, but also their team, the hurdles to transformation and a vision they could become. Besides being able to define good leadership, the team also identified what it needed to kick off a robust transformation process.

Personal Career Development Planning

Hakuhodo, Inc. is a leading advertising and marketing consulting firm in Japan. The firm has been using LSP since 2007 to enhance client cooperation. It wanted to develop a new career development programme, where employees must plan for their future and take initiative to select their own career goals. In 2010, the LSP facilitators worked together with Hakuhodo University to develop a programme that targeted the middle managers of Japanese firms, both for Hakuhodo and its clients. Aimed at inducing self-motivation, as well as for employees to plan long-term goals and develop careers, the intervention saw a number of pilot trials to complete the programme design. The outcome was a programme called CreateMe, which has enjoyed great success since 2011.

Developing Strategic Thinking Capabilities

The learning and development division within a global consulting company decided to develop a leadership development programme focusing on helping participants to realise what essential qualities they need to master in order to achieve their ultimate goal. The goal was to move from an end-to-end management style to a leadership style based on empowering, delegating and thinking strategically. Using LSP, they identified the core characteristics of strategic leadership and mapped out the landscape of the future. The final outcome was a set of Simple Guiding Principles (SGPs). As a result, participants are better equipped to take on more senior roles due to their ability to strategically lead their teams, clients and projects. 10 out of 15 participants received a promotion within six months.

Building a Better Business Using the LEGO® SERIOUS PLAY® Method
by Per Kristiansen & Robert Rasmussen