Play gets serious in Sorrell College of Business classes

Dr. Frank Thompson, left, and Dr. James Montgomery have earned certification in LEGO SERIOUS PLAY® . (submitted)
 

Dr. Frank Thompson and Dr. James Montgomery, assistant professors in the Sorrell College of Business at Troy University, have earned the distinction of certified facilitators of the LEGO SERIOUS PLAY® Method.

The LEGO SERIOUS PLAY® Method, according to training consultant Robert Rasmussen, is a problem-solving technique that taps into the human ability to imagine, describe and make sense of a situation at hand to initiate change and improvement and even create something radically new. 

One of the strengths of the LEGO SERIOUS PLAY is the use of “Hand Knowledge.”

LEGO Serious Play is more than fun-and-games. It stresses "hand knowledge." (TROY photo/Clif Lusk)
LEGO Serious Play is more than fun-and-games. It stresses “hand knowledge.” (TROY photo/Clif Lusk)

“When we use our hands in learning, a complicated process takes place that generates a powerful emotional charge,” Montgomery said. “Thoughts and ideas built with our hands tend to be expressed in greater detail. They are also more easily understood and remembered.”

Another vital element of this method for problem-solving is the requirement of 100 percent participation by 100 percent of the participants.  

“Everyone develops and explains models built through the LEGO bricks,” said Dr. Thompson.  “This factor greatly increases the ideas and solutions presented. In the classroom, the students have been surprised by both their peers’ creations and how easily they have remembered each of them.”

The LEGO SERIOUS PLAY® Method can successfully be used in business, non-profits, and education.

“It offers a unique method of interaction that helps boost engagement of your employees,” Montgomery said.  “By capturing this engagement, businesses will be able to tackle problems using more innovative methods.”

 LEGO SERIOUS PLAY® Method workshops and strategy sessions are an outreach of the Sorrell College of Business.   For more information about this method or details on scheduling a session, please contact Thompson using wfthompson@troy.edu or Montgomery via email to  jnmontgomery@troy.edu.

Sorrell College of Business students in Consumer Behavior class, taught by Dr. Frank Thompson and Dr. James Montgomery, use LEGO bricks to illustrate a memory. Once explained each member of the class recalls what they have been told about each construction. (TROY photo/Clif Lusk)
Sorrell College of Business students in Consumer Behavior class, taught by Dr. Frank Thompson and Dr. James Montgomery, use LEGO bricks to illustrate a memory. Once explained each member of the class recalls what they have been told about each construction. (TROY photo/Clif Lusk)
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