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Listening - and how to improve it

Over at our other blog on Serious.Global we have published a new post on listening.

First we introduce an idea that there are five levels of listening we use day-to-day and especially in meetings.

Next we explain how LEGO® SERIOUS PLAY® uses three modes of communication that results in higher levels of listening.

Finally, for facilitators familiar with LEGO® SERIOUS PLAY®, we share how to help people listen and understand even more fully.


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SeriousWork - Book Preface

Here is the preface from the book published by ProMeet, "Serious Work: How To Facilitate Meetings & Workshops Using The Lego® Serious Play® Method"

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New Book: Serious Work

Very exciting news.

ProMeet has published its first book.

Read more at
www.Serious.Global or read two reviews below.

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ProMeet. A 2016 Facilitation Impact Award Winner

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IAF Regional Director Trevor Durnford and IAF Member Bruce Rowling present Sean Blair with the Facilitation Impact Award.

LEGO®, Dialogue and new meeting tools help leading college get a top UK value added score

ProMeet together with client, Brighton, Hove and Sussex Sixth Form College (BHASVIC) have received a Facilitation Impact Award from the International Association of Facilitators (IAF).
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Benefits of Lego® Serious Play®

In the first 90 seconds of this video, Sean explains the four benefits of using Lego® Serious Play® in meetings and workshops.

Benefits of Lego® Serious Play®
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Playcamp

I ran an introduction to Lego Serious Play at 'Playcamp' yesterday.

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Participants asked for the slides, so you can view or download the deck here:



Finally you can
see 10 case studies of Lego Serious Play in action here.

And join can
join the Lego Serious Play Meet Up group for deeper workshop experiences.

Happy playing!

Adventures With Agile Workshop - May 2016

Yesterday, JP Bayley and I delivered a Lego Serious Play workshop for the London Adventures with Agile MeetUp group. A fantastic group who seemed to like what we did.

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You can access the slide deck we used here, enjoy!
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Kind Words

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I recently had the pleasure of facilitating a 1.5 day strategy workshop for trustees and senior executives of Ravensbourne College. Chairman Jon Drori (who incidentally gives great TED talks) was kind enough to write to me after the workshop, here is his brief letter:

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Dear Sean,

Thank you for facilitating Ravensbourne's strategy awaydays so ably.

Facilitation is one of those activities that too many people think they can do well. Some of those people should watch you at work - professional, firm, authoritative, gracious and focused on the outcome we wanted, which was to have a senior team of executives and governors sharing ambition and direction.

I confess that when you and I first met I wasn't immediately sure that
Lego Serious Play would be the right tool for our team. You quickly gained my trust and I'm absolutely delighted that, having listened carefully to what we wanted to achieve, you made such persuasive arguments for the approach.

I would be very happy to recommend your services to others.

All the best, Jon

Jonathan Drori CBE
Chairman, Ravensbourne Board of Governors

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User Centred Vision

Using Persona's in Visioning

Vision exercises help teams create 'desirable and appealing pictures of a future state'. Lego Serious Play can be a useful tool to help teams think about and quickly envision future scenarios.

Sometimes in visioning teams find it hard to tune in to a time scale that is neither too futuristic or too current. With a blank canvas people may think about the future from many different starting points.

Taking a user centred approach can help teams people about the future from the perspective of different stakeholder groups. At a recent workshop for PCMA participants were asked to form five groups and each group was given a different persona to work with.

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How to make a serious LEGO movie

Yesterday I facilitated an 'ExportJam' workshop commissioned by UK Trade & Investment (UKTI - a Government department) that aimed to generate ideas for how the UK can double exports by 2020.

At the workshop mid point we recorded stories that looked like this:
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Lego Serious Play. A remarkably adult way of working

Adrian Crookes, (pictured) is a course leader at the London College of Communication. At the end of a workshop I facilitated this week, he reflected,

“I thought LEGO Serious play was a remarkably adult way of getting together to discuss issues and problems”. Conversely meetings using post-it notes and flip charts seem to infantilise by comparison.” Read More...

Vision, Values and Behaviours Workshop using Lego Serious Play

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ProMeet recently completed an assignment for the Intercontinental Hotels Company.

Read our new case study of this assignment.

IMEX Association Day: Next Generation Associations

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IMEX Frankfurt is the ‘worldwide exhibition for incentive travel, meeting and events’, and each year c.300 association executives from 40 countries gather the day before IMEX to learn from each other during ‘Association Day”.
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What happens at a Lego Serious Play MeetUp?

The Lego Serious Play London MeetUp run regular mini meets.

These are about two and a half hours in duration, and introduce people to a range of the
application techniques that Lego Serious Play uses.

Here are a few photos from a recent MeetUp, which took the subject of government as the theme.


Warm Up Challenge 1: Building a tower

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Lego® Serious Play®

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I’m happy to report I have successfully completed the Lego® Serious Play® (LSP) facilitator training.
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The most powerful, well renowned facilitation technique in the world?

In 1948, a peasant farmer started a business making tractors.

Within five years this man – Ferruccio – was one of the richest men in Italy. He amassed a fine collection of cars – Alfa Romeos, Maseratis, Lancias – but his heart belonged to his Ferraris, of which he owned six.
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