How playing with Lego can help your team communicate better

Forcing team members to communicate their ideas through tactile building breaks down barriers

How cool would it be to solve every organizational problem by playing with Lego blocks? Jason Little is one of 70 Lego Serious Play facilitators in Canada who run workshops using the toy bricks to explore large organizational problems. Little says problem-solving with Lego helps kinetic thinkers who have difficulties expressing their thoughts through speech or writing, and provides a safe way for workers to share things they don’t normally want to discuss.

Employees are asked to articulate their thoughts on an issue by building a representation of their ideas with Lego first and then explaining it verbally. “People explore things much more effectively with play,” says Little. “It substantially increases engagement because it gives everybody a voice.”