The people behind SeriousWork
About Serious Work
LEGO® SERIOUS PLAY® Facilitation Training and Certification

OUR STORYAND PEOPLE

About the SERIOUSWORK beginning

SERIOUSWORK began in 2015 when Sean Blair and Marko Rillo shared a coffee at a gathering of LEGO® SERIOUS PLAY® facilitators in LEGO's birthplace, Billund Denmark. We discussed how few books there were about LEGO® SERIOUS PLAY® and decided to write a how-book, to help readers understand the process, impact and outcomes professionally facilitated meetings and workshops.

We launched the book in London in November 2016 and it has since won
5 star reviews on Amazon.

SERIOUSWORK Facilitator Training

To accompany the ideas in the book, in 2017 Sean designed what we now think is the gold standard of LEGO® SERIOUS PLAY® facilitation training courses.

Our
approach to LEGO® SERIOUS PLAY® training is practice based and facilitation-skill centred and helps people learn about the method and also develop their facilitation competency at the same time.

People have given amazing feedback on our training,
read over 50 recommendations on Sean's LinkedIn profile

Our next books

In 2018 Jens Dröge completed the translation of SERIOUSWORK into German and this was published in 2019 by German business book publisher Vahlen. This is available to buy as an ePub on our website, and at Amazon.De. We have a translation of our book in Spanish coming in 2020 and we are working on other languages too!

In 2020 we published
MASTERING The LEGO Serious Play Method see on our website and on Amazon, and we are working on our new book, How to Facilitate The LEGO Serious Play method ONLINE which is available in draft format to graduates of our online training at present.

LEGO® SERIOUS PLAY® Goes Online

Even before Covid-19, environmental pressures were asking how remote teams could work together online without the carbon costs of travel.

We have pioneered what we understand to be the first techniques to enable remote teams to use LEGO® SERIOUS PLAY® unto Build Level 2: Shared Model Building (AT2) and we now think Build Level 3: System Models Building (AT5 and 6) are possible with the right techniques, technology and support.

We are happy to share these ideas with
new LEGO® SERIOUS PLAY® facilitators and any trained in the original face-to-face techniques.

SERIOUSWORK People

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Helen Batt

Business and Operations Manager

Helen supports the strategic and operational development of the business, providing input into the evaluation of growth opportunities and development plans. In operational terms she is responsible for the organisation of all aspects of client workshops and facilitation training programmes and has financial management and control for the business. She aims to provide a high quality service in the delivery of projects designed to improve the client experience and is a graduate of SeriousWork training and a certified LEGO® SERIOUS PLAY® facilitator herself.

Helen brings over 13+ years experience delivering large scale commercial projects for clients including Hitachi, Siemens and London Underground, specialising in customer-relationship management and strategic resource management. 

Meet the trainers…

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Sean Blair

Sean leads SERIOUSWORK. He was the principal author and designer of the book and developed the SERIOUSWORK LEGO® Serious Play® Facilitation Training course. Sean is the founder of a ProMeet, an international professional facilitation business. He facilitates learning, growth and change in meetings, workshops, conferences all over the world.

One of the LEGO® Serious Play® community's most active practitioners, he set up the first MeetUp group in London, there are now over 40 MeetUp groups globally.

Sean was a co-founder of the Service Design Network, an honorary Fellow at Durham University, a Trustee of the Royal Society of Arts, a council member of the Design Council and a commissioner on the Mayor for London’s Creative Industry Commission. Sean is an
IAF Certified™ Professional Facilitator and a winner of a 'Facilitation Impact Award'.

Sean Blair LinkedIn
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Mirjami Sipponen-Damonte

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.

Mirjami LinkedIn
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Jens Droege

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®.

Jens LinkedIn
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Marko Rillo

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.

Marko LinkedIn

SERIOUSWORK book partners

We are very lucky to have some brilliant partners. They helped write the book and have shared their wisdom, advice and stories. Thank you…

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Download a free preview to read the practical tips of Camilla and Patricia or buy the book to read them all.

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