I started to play seriously with the LEGO®SERIOUS PLAY®methodology in 2010 and one of the things I always find as a question from at least one participant (either in a workshop or in a certification of facilitators) is about playing standing, because of fatigue that this entails after being a few hours doing so. It is clear that if the person has a medical reason or a physical impairment, we cannot go against it, but there are no more valid excuses so that at key moments of the workshop you as a facilitator allow people to be sitting seriously playing.
There are several studies in this regard and corroborate something that in practice is evident. The University of Texas (*) conducted an investigation that concluded that when students were on standing desks, their levels of attention and commitment to the class increased by 12%. I believe that this percentage may be higher in real life of a workshop with the LSP methodology.
When we need participants to do an individual construction and self-reflection exercise, it makes a lot of sense to be seated, but when we are going to play as a team, it is very important to stand up so that we can interact optimally with the scenario being built and with others.
Based on all of the above, there are times when it is very important that the participants are sitting in a workshop with the LEGO SERIOUS PLAY methodology: In the brief introduction to it (which cannot be more than 5-10 minutes and will be subject of one of the next posts), in the development of basic skills, in the construction of individual models (AT1), however, there are also times when it is essential that the participants stand:
· • When developing a AT2 (shared model building)
· • On a landscape AT3 or agent AT3
· • AT4 and AT5 (connections and system
Although we can already intuit the benefits of playing standing when we are applying these techniques, I mention them explicitly:
1. 1. An active disposition is automatically generated towards what is happening at the table, thus reducing the possibility of disconnection by the participant with what is happening.
2. 2. It is possible to move around the table, generating multiple points of view to the participant, encouraging their learning, reflection and participation.
3. 3. Physically it stimulates the body to be attentive and connected
4. 4. The nonverbal language of the participants is much more evident, which allows the facilitator to perceive what is happening with them and thus make decisions for the benefit of the team and the objective of the workshop
Now, if we review all the techniques of the LEGO SERIOUS PLAY methodology, we would be missing out, at least so far, the AT6 of emergence and the AT7 of Simple Guiding Principles and it is that in these two techniques according to what I have experienced , I can say that it worked for me to play them in both ways: Standing and sitting (making it clear that in AT7 SGP there is a construction time sitting), but it depends on the group, the number of people, the dynamics with which the facilitator approaches the team, etc.
As I always say to my students in the certifications of facilitators of the LEGO SERIOUS PLAY methodology: There are steps or recommendations of the methodology that should not be overlooked, that should be applied as taught, but there are others that are really common sense that It is sometimes the least common of the senses and they depend on the context, the team, the situation of the moment … therefore apply what you have learned but always be 100% connected with your participants and try to make the best decisions according to that specific moment, in benefit of them and the objective of the workshop, avoiding to get out of the fundamentals of the methodology.
(*) Estudio de la Universidad de Texas A&M publicado en el