Per Kristiansen one of the people who helped make Lego Serious Play into what it is today. As partner at Trivium he goes around the world training people to be Lego Serious Play facilitators. Together with Robert Rasmussen he is the author of the book “Building a Better Business with the Lego Serious Play method". We talk to Per all about the early days of Lego Serious Play and what makes it such a great tool.
MOST SURPRISING INSIGHT
The Lego Serious play method was actually developed for internal use inside Lego. They used it to develop strategies for new products at the different departments within the organisation. From that initial method that was used internally they condensed a method that is now being used for a brought variety of challenges. Lego serious play is now used all over the world in companies of every kind.
WHAT WE LEARNED
Lego Serious Play is based on a set of beliefs but also a set of theories. It is Centred around play and the notion of constructionism, that by manipulating modular objects, you accelerate your thinking process and learning process and you activate more of your brain. Lego Serious play also helps people in creating metaphors and stories, this turns out to be an efficient way of communicating when building strategies.
A BEHIND THE SCENES STORY
At Knight Moves we are big fans of methods that use elements of play, so of course we love Lego Serious Play. Knight Moves’ own Dave Van de Maele followed a training from Per himself and was quick to pass on the experience to the rest of us by using it to evaluate and innovate our own internal working.