Lead effective organizational change – the LEGO® Serious Play® way

The world-renowned LEGO® Serious Play® process is your powerful tool to overcome the challenges that change initiatives create.

“Here we go again. Another change. These change projects never come in on time or on budget and I am fatigued from it all. We often go around in one big circle.” Does this sound familiar to you?

Change is a constant in the current business environment, whether it’s incremental or transformational and radical change. How we lead organizational change dictates whether there is a successful outcome. The world-renowned LEGO® Serious Play® process is your powerful tool to overcome the challenges that change initiatives create.

Gavin Wedell outlines the four typical responses to change: critics who vocally oppose the change; victims who panic and over-emphasize the negative side of the change; the bystanders who aren’t involved or engaged. The change navigator is ultimately who you would like to have onboard – the person who is able to adapt to the new circumstances.

The LEGO® Serious Play® method ensures that you can create more change navigators who are prepared to lean into the shifts that happen because of changing customer demands, market conditions and competitive environments.

Here’s a process that is easy to implement:

Firstly, teams are more encouraged to participate actively in change initiatives if they understand the ‘why’ before they receive the ‘how’ including more details and data.

During a LEGO® Serious Play® session, participants are guided through a process of building their own models and then combining them ultimately into a group landscape or super story. The method involves constructing models out of LEGO® bricks that reflect non-tangible points of view and ideas. This is ideal during times of change as participants build models in response to questions such as: What will the future look like once the change is completed? How will our team or our organization behave and operate once we complete this change initiative?

Secondly, the LEGO® Serious Play® process gives everyone in the room a voice. 100% of the people participate in that each person builds a model and tells the story of their model. This ensures that there is a sense of inclusivity as a foundation to the change process. Exclusion is the enemy of a successful change program.

The LEGO® Serious Play® process also serves as a fire-starter for deeper conversations. These happen at a far more intensive level because the more people’s hands move, the more their ideas emerge.

Finally, the LEGO® Serious Play® process supports many change project milestones no matter which project management methodology is being followed. It is often used to kick-start a project team and ensure that they bond well with a common goal. It’s a great icebreaker to bring the team together to function cohesively. The process is also used by agile teams for stand-up progress meetings and for retrospectives to identify where successes lie or where there could be improvements.

The best part of the LEGO® Serious Play® process is that you can be trained to use the method effectively in your own change process – check it out: https://play4business.com/

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