Check out some testimonials from participants in our LEGO® SERIOUS PLAY® experience.
Theresa brought Lego Serious Play to a team meeting we had this year. She was able to structure the session around common issues that we face in our workplace and things we wanted to work on as a team. She was very organized and prepared and was a pleasure to work with. Our team had such a fun time working with the Lego. It was an excellent way to talk about team work and communication in a way that we didn’t even know we were talking about it. It can sometimes be tough to find an activity that every single person will take part in and contribute to, but Theresa made it easy for us. Thanks for the new experience!
Erin Rettinger, Senior Health & Safety Coordinator, Hydro One Networks Inc.
As a coach two of the toughest tasks and also the most important create individual and team success are: 1) to have a team that effectively communicates and 2) to understand your players. Lego Serious Play assisted with both of these tasks when working with an elite level minor hockey team.
Lego Serious Play provided a stage where players had the confidence to build based on their creativity and the way they perceived themselves, their teammates, and the team’s concepts. It was a fun and engaging exercise that helped players feel comfortable discussing their builds with the entire team. When all of the individual builds were complete, the team gathered as a whole to build a structure that represented the team. It was clear that the previous builds led to a more confident and effective level of communication that was demonstrated during the team build. The team build was a representation of the way they viewed our team and what it would take to achieve the ultimate goal of winning a championship.
Being able to participate as a coach provided insight into how players thought about themselves and the way they contribute to the team, the way they view their teammates as well their level of belief in the team’s values and vision that had been relayed all season from the staff. These exercises painted a clear picture of which players were feeling confident about themselves and those who were less than confident about their contributions to the team’s successes.
Thanks Theresa for working with our team and helping us reach new heights as a team moving into playoffs!
Pat Shearer, 2017-2018 Coach of the Quinte Red Devils Minor Bantam Team
When we first starting working with the Lego pieces, many of us could not figure out how it would help us in our long range planning. By the time the day was over not only did we have fun, getting to know each other better, but we actually came up with a clear set of common beliefs and a sense of direction for the next school year. We have those beliefs summarized and posted on our web site for future reference.
David Fox, Former Superintendent of HPEDSB
Current Coordinator for the Ottawa Region MISA PNC
“LEGO® SERIOUS PLAY® was so much fun! It aligned perfectly with the four foundations highlighted in the ministry of education document How Does Learning Happen? The four foundations (Belonging, Well-Being, Engagement, Expression) are conditions educators naturally seek to ensure optimal learning. I can’t think of a better way to learn and engage in critical reflection than through play!
LEGO® SERIOUS PLAY® helped me to feel connected and valued as an active competent contributor to my group. I appreciated how the facilitator offered a progression from simple individual play with Lego to complex cooperative play as a team. Each play experience was followed by an opportunity for expressing our theories and ‘thinking out loud’ with our peers. The Lego promoted creative thinking, problem-solving and sparked my natural curiosity. What a great way to practice what I preach to families with young children-learning happens through relationships and play should be part of each and every day!”
Donna Kaye, Early Learning Specialist, Family Space, Quinte Inc.
“In eastern Ontario, representatives from each District School Board serve on a regional committee, titled MISA PNC, for the purpose of supporting the effective use of data to support evidence based practice in classrooms, schools and districts. In June 2017, members of this group were participants in a reflection/planning session facilitated by Theresa Bailey using the LEGO SERIOUS PLAY approach. Deep reflection resulted from the “play” as the group identified regional DSB and MISA PNC strengths and defined future aspirations for our joint work. Also identified were the tensions arising from the use of data for accountability purposes as well as for informing practices that impact favourably on student achievement, well-being and equity. The session provided a rich foundation for future planning and resulted in greater clarity of purpose and an action plan that will build capacity and extend knowledge mobilization. Theresa’s facilitation through LEGO SERIOUS PLAY provided the perfect means for the group to move beyond its past practices and to create a renewed vision for its work.”
Eleanor Newman, Executive Director, Eastern Ontario Staff Development Network
I just wanted to send you a note to let you know how appreciative I am to have participated in the recent facilitated conversations using Lego Serious Play and your guidance in that.
I will admit that at first I was a bit unsure that this format would help us sort through what are always very complex and at times emotionally driven conversations, and if I am honest, conversations that can tend to be circular without having very clear conclusions. As it turns out, those factors that make these conversations complex were the reasons that made this type of facilitated conversation so appropriate.
By using Lego play, I found that we were able to focus on specific questions which allowed all of us to not only think, but report, our thoughts and ideas succinctly, without the emotion or defensiveness that often times complicates these conversations even more. There was such a logical progression through the ideas and questions and at the end I felt that we had a much more comprehensive and unified conclusion than I have experienced. What made this format even more powerful I think is that we were having the conversation with a group where there is a natural power imbalance, meaning that one set of participants could be said to be seen as having more power and decision-making authority than the other set. This too often makes these types of conversations complex as there is a sense that perhaps everyone does not have equal voice, or ideas not being given equal consideration. The use of Lego play completely balanced this. It allowed everyone to be participants at the same level, and to present their thoughts, ideas in the same way, which also helped with some of the jargon and what I call “word salad” that sometimes means the true messaging in people’s ideas are lost.
The other factor was the equality of time that each person had. I will admit that I am one of those folks that sometimes does a lot of “talking” and have seen meetings where there are participants who do not speak at all. Being a “talker” I was also worried that this would make me feel “managed” or not feel like I had the space to contribute as I normally do. Again, this was not the case, and it definitely saw every person at the conversation having the same space to speak, and allowed, I think, and even more broad sharing and hearing of ideas, ideas and contributions that likely would have missed in a traditional meeting setting.
In short, I am completely sold on this method of meeting facilitation! I think likely the more complex the conversation, the more beneficial this form of facilitation would be. As a person who was admittedly doubtful that this would be anymore than just a “team building” meeting, I was overwhelmed by the end result, and the very collaborative way our outcome was built. I would recommend Lego Play in any situation, especially those where potentially power dynamics, emotions, or complexity seem to be stumbling blocks to consensus building and concrete solutions.
Thank you again
Sarah Cannon, Executive Director, Parents for Children’s Mental Health