Learn to professionally facilitate LEGO® SERIOUS PLAY®
Get your certification from the team who train leaders at The LEGO Foundation, IBM, NHS and Google. Based on our Amazon five star rated book: SERIOUSWORK, our training is the gold standard of LEGO® SERIOUS PLAY® facilitation training.
As professional facilitators, we give you the facilitation skills to create outcomes using LEGO® SERIOUS PLAY®.
LEGO® SERIOUS PLAY® Facilitator Training
The Serious Work Facilitation Training Course
LEGO Group officially advise that you have two routes for attending LEGO® SERIOUS PLAY® training: "trainers in the original method… and trainers of an expanded version of the LEGO® SERIOUS PLAY® method”.
Learn to facilitate, not participateSerious Work training takes the opposite approach to the “master-learner” style of most trainers of LEGO® SERIOUS PLAY® methodology.
Whilst the traditional model of training gives participants an excellent experience of what it is like to be facilitated our masterclasses instead help you develop your facilitation skills with the LEGO® SERIOUS PLAY® methodology.
This is the BIG difference between our course and others. The traditional 4 day training 'teaches LEGO® SERIOUS PLAY®' we focus on practicing facilitation using LEGO® SERIOUS PLAY®.
Practice basedAfter demonstrations, participants in our training take turns to facilitate the group. This practice helps you develop your facilitation skills AND you learn from the experience of how others facilitate the LEGO® SERIOUS PLAY® methodology.
Each sprint is linked to an important facilitator skill set. Uniquely, you also get to practice with a group you’ve never met. On the afternoon of day 2 we invite people new to the LEGO® SERIOUS PLAY® method to an introductory workshop and you facilitate your first workshop. An excellent way to practice the facilitation skills you have been learning.
Small groups of 6 participants - maximumIn order to learn how to facilitate and have time for everyone in the group to practice new skills means we limit our courses to 6 people. Larger training workshops inevitably mean there is little time for everyone to have time to practice facilitation.
Focusing on the core LEGO® SERIOUS PLAY® skillsOur training focuses on Level 1 “Individual Model Building” and Level 2 “Shared Model Building”. These are the foundation skills of the LEGO® SERIOUS PLAY® process.Some LEGO® SERIOUS PLAY® training courses ask a group of about 12 trainees, who don’t know each other, to prepare a joint strategy during a 4-day training course. Inevitably this construct is unlike real world applications and in our experience it's hard to learn to facilitate Level 3 “System Building" in this way.
Our training gives you an experience of Level 3 “System Model Building”, but this skill is best learnt on live projects…
Learn advanced LEGO® SERIOUS PLAY® skills on live projects… our approach to helping you learn Build Level 3 “System Model Building” is to teach you on your live assignment, co-facilitating together with a experienced level 3 facilitator, who will teach you at the same time.
Read more about advanced training.Learning Build Level 3 on live projects really is the best way to learn advanced LEGO® SERIOUS PLAY® facilitation skills.
Focused and intensiveWe know that your time is valuable. Because we focus on the core LEGO® SERIOUS PLAY® skills it means our standard training is two full days, 09.00-18:00.
A selective participatory leadership ethosWe aim to gather high quality groups of learners who share our ethos and who can bring additional value and insight to our masterclasses.
Before we confirm a participants place, we insist on a phone call or video conference. This is a chance for us to meet each other and explore if this course will meet your objectives and enable you to do what it is you hope to do.
You can question us on our approach and we seek to understand your motivation, ethos and fit with the group. By having this quality control, we ensure a better learning experience for all.
You won’t have to endure trying-to-learn with people who's experience, views and values don't fit the high quality, professional, peer-to-peer learning culture our training seeks to deliver.
Your Certification (very pretty it is too)Serious Work masterclasses give you a certification for successfully facilitating Build Level 1 and Build Level 2. We think this is more valuable than the a 'certificate of completion' given on traditional training programmes, because you have practiced all the skills you'll need (rather than been facilitated).A pathway to Certified Professional Facilitation
As professional facilitators we think certificates of competency as are the most valuable to you and your prospective clients.
We are International Association of Facilitators (IAF) Certified™ Professional Facilitators and we can mentor you through the process of becoming an IAF Certified™ Professional Facilitator.
IAF certification is impartial and after peer review of your skill, you can attain a higher level of facilitation certification.
Serious Work masterclasses are run by practitioners who occasionally teachThis gives you grounded real-world instruction with advice about how to successfully use the method in all kinds of different assignments, applications, group size and available time.
See numerous case studies of recent LEGO® SERIOUS PLAY® based assignments at www.meeting-facilitation.co.uk
What does the 2 day training cost?
LEGO® SERIOUS PLAY® Facilitator Training: Look and Feel
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And in participants own words…
Sean very generously provided an extensive course curriculum, variety of real life cases and most importantly his best practices. With this small group setting it felt more like a mentoring session focusing on improving our individual skillsets in a targeted way rather than a training.
I can already see the spectrum of use cases through the principles we learnt throughout the course. LEGO will enhance the effectiveness our trainings with its emphasis on kinaesthetic senses and playful elements."
Knowledge, Innovation and Communication team
Inter American Development Bank
Regarding the training, the outcome was more than we expected. It was hands-on, and thoroughly enjoyable; Sean gave us examples that were relevant to our corporate mission. And most importantly, he not only demonstrated complete mastery in the use of the methodology, but also provided powerful insights beyond his book and material.
In addition to the training, Sean run two strategic planning workshops: i) with our management team and, ii) with our whole sector consisting of about 150 participants. He took the time to understand well our organization, its challenges during the merger of three units, and was fully committed to deliver an exceptional service. Sean is an engaging and effective communicator, who establishes a customer driven experience from the very beginning. Outstanding facilitator, always positive, and with a pleasant disposition. Thank you so very much Sean. It was a genuine pleasure to work with you!"
Agile and Products Coach
I am a huge fan of what and how Sean does what he does - I have learned SO much from him. He is the kind of mentor / teacher everyone wants and deserves; thoughtful, strong, hugely knowledgeable, empathetic and with a level of technical and interpersonal skill that I have rarely seen.
I feel very lucky indeed to have been able to share time with him and I look forward to continuing to build on our relationship in the future as a student, client and friend."
Professor. EADA Business School
It was intense, fruitful, and carefully planned.
We learnt not only the a,b,c's of the methodology in half the typical time but had so many opportunities to practice it that I am confident I am ready to take on my own projects facilitating LEGO® SERIOUS PLAY® levels 1 & 2 sessions without any further do.
Sean takes a special interest in making sure that you will find pairs in the class, thus it is also a great way to learn from peers and develop your network."
Developing, practicing and growing facilitation skills during training
Learning with like minded professional people
Learning from experienced practitioners
These masterclasses are ideal for executives, consultants, managers, designers and leaders whose ethos is participatory, developmental and strategic.
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Meet the training team…
Sean Blair is an IAF award winning facilitator who is certified in LEGO® SERIOUS PLAY® and has run hundreds of workshops with clients ranging from global organizations and small start-ups. As co-author of Serious Work, Sean has brought his experience to life, and created a new training methodology with participation and gradate success at its heart.
Sean is the founder of ProMeet. ProMeet enables people to have great meetings and helps leaders develop a participatory leadership capability. Since establishing his first business in 1989, after graduating with a first class honors degree, Sean has founded six organizations and spent four years working in the public sector. Sean has delivered training on LEGO® SERIOUS PLAY® methodology for people working at LEGO Group, LEGO Foundation, Google, Intercontinental Hotels Group, Accenture, EADA Business School and many others.
Marko Rillo is one of the most experienced facilitators of LEGO® SERIOUS PLAY® methodology in the world. Being a founder of SeriousPlayPro community he has been at the heart of sharing LEGO® SERIOUS PLAY® best practices since 2009, also teaming up with Sean in writing the Serious Work book.
Marko has Ph.D. degree in innovation from the University of St.Gallen, ICF accredited executive coach. He is an innovation professor, an avid entrepreneur, a TV show host, public speaker on futurology, disruptive business models and megatrends. Marko has delivered training on LEGO® SERIOUS PLAY® methodology for people working at Bosch, European Commission, Kemira, Nordea, Oxford Said Business School, Puig (Carolina Herrera), SABIC, Salesforce, Samsung, SEB, and many others.
Mirjami is the founder and CEO of the leading faciliation business in Finland: Xpedio and has 13 years experience in facilitation and organisation development.
Mirjami is a global board member of the International Association of Facilitators, and the European & Middle East Regional Director. In 2016, she was awarded the "Gold Facilitation Impact Award" award for outstanding facilitation. Mirjami is a certified LEGO® SERIOUS PLAY® facilitator.
Mirjami inspires the endless opportunities of working with the groups and the experiences of success in creating functional processes for the individual needs of the group. Attaching attention to the learning environment, adapting to the situation and the needs of the group, and creating a confident and secure chat environment are all important in building relevant group experiences.
Jens is Executive Coach, Change Manager and Certified LEGO® SERIOUS PLAY® Facilitator. With his consulting company within the network of the German Steinbeis University Berlin (SHB) he facilitates workshops and meetings with and without the LEGO® SERIOUS PLAY® method and offers leadership trainings.
Jens has over 15 years of experience in training and facilitation which he gained in various leading positions as Business Consultant in companies such as Porsche Consulting.
Jens has a strong belief in empowering people by sharing, listening and reflection, thus resulting in a higher approval and a feeling of responsibility. He has a strong focus on performance and personality, all of which he sees people gain through LEGO® SERIOUS PLAY®.
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