Knowledge Innovation | Strategic Foresight

Unbound Spiral: Lego Up

December 20, 2002 05:36 PM

Following the Lego post yesterday I'll state that companies don't need "Lego Serious Play". What they need is great strategic facilitation.

M2.JPG 3d modelling is neat, draw out of it real-time stories and that's better still. Lego is a prop - a tool for illiciting the stories. The strategies emerge from the discussion, the search for clarity, common understandings. For my two cents, it's too easy to draw the wrong conclusions from Lego models. Lego is simply too structured. Better to use clay, more mouldable, messy, more suitable to complex ideas, more intuitive, and tactile to boot. So if Lego Serious Play is really encourages us to think with our hands. Then follow it with a more maleable tool kit. Tools don't make strategies --- people do!

This example was facilitated by a friend of mine. Now think Lego. Which will provide more emergent insight?

Comments (1)

Agree that what they need is great strategic facilitation. LEGO is just a tool -- like clay -- and it has a great familiarity with a lot of participants, who can jump right into building. Clay is more malleable, but that can also be a distraction -- too big of a blank slate is intimidating for many. For some examples of LEGO SERIOUS PLAY landscapes, check out: . I couldn't figure out how to post the images --sorry. But let me know what you think!

Posted by: Jody Lentz at December 26, 2002 9:30 AM