Would your employer spend $7,000 to send you away for a couple of days to play with Legos? According to this Cox News Service story, some U.S. corporations are doing that, through a business called Serious Play. The story says "adults are using Legos as a tool to enhance organizational creativity and performance."
In two-day training sessions costing about $7,000, skilled Lego facilitators help clients build models that act as metaphors for their organization's strengths, weaknesses and overall challenges. For example, employees might use the blocks to model a perceived threat of a corporate takeover. Already Home Depot, Georgia Power and R&L Foods Inc., the San Antonio-based owner and operator of Taco Bell and KFC franchises, are among more than 400 companies that have participated in the program.Sound silly? Apparently not everyone thinks so. There are now 110 Serious Play "facilitators" trained around the world, and Lego is considering marketing the program to disfunctional families.