Episode #190 - With Guillermo Miotti of LEGO Serious Play

Summary:

In Episode #190 Ari interviews Guillermo Miotti of LEGO Serious Play, a consultancy designed to help multinational businesses improve internal communications and processes through creative, LEGO-based problem solving exercises.

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This week’s episode of the Less Doing Podcast is brought to you by JustWorks, an innovative company striving to make payroll, benefits, and compliance management a seamless and stress-free process.

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Time Stamped Show Notes:

  • 0:32- Introduction of JustWorks and Isaac Oats
    • 0:39 – Payroll is obviously complicated and scalable
    • 0:55 – Payroll is unfair for smaller businesses
    • 01:15 – What JustWorks does
    • 01:35 – JustWorks is built to work with employees more so than contractors
  • 06:40 – The Less Doing Mastermind program is no more
  • 07:35 – Calvin App has finally gone LIVE
  • 10:40 – Many soldiers are NOT ready to enter the job market
  • 11:40 – LDVA has opened up the hiring—if you are looking for a new opportunity, or know someone who is, send an email to Jobs@LessDoists.com
  • 13:00 – LDVA.com
  • 27:05 – Introduction of Guillermo Miotti of LEGO Serious Play
  • 27:36 – Guillermo’s background as a psychologist and HR Specialist in Argentina
  • 28:28 – Quickly became a “change management” expert
  • 29:45 – How LEGO determined LEGOs can be effective in the workplace
    • 32:28 – Testing included bouts at MIT and NASA
  • 33:12 – LEGO Education is a HUGE business unit
  • 33:45 – It’s all about being OPEN to learning
  • 34:00 – What a “play” session looks like
    • 34:20 – Start by DEFINING the problem
    • 35:35 – Ask a question, provide an answer, analyze the answer, reflect as a team
  • 36:30 – When we are using our hands to play, 100% of our attention is on the task at hand
  • 37:55 – LEGO Serious Play engages EVERYONE in the room, not just the traditional decision makers
  • 39:40 – Our hands share an intimate neural connection with our brains
  • 40:32 – The LEGO sets are specifically designed for customers and are not available in stores
  • 41:22 – Guillermo works (primarily) for multinationals
  • 42:17 – If you OR your organization created the problem, you also have the capacity to solve it
  • 42:45 – We don’t normally conceptualize in 3D
  • 44:30 – Storymaking (not telling) is undervalued
  • 45:32 – Part of the beauty of the program is the simplicity of LEGOs
  • 45:45 – Guillermo’s Top 3 Tips to be More Effective:
    • 45:56 – Be aware of what drives you—what is your passion?
    • 46:21 – Have fun—PLAY!
    • 46:35 – Try to create something new with others

 

5 Key Points:

  1. Define your problems explicitly—if you don’t you can’t solve them.
  2. Find beauty in simplicity.
  3. “Get in there with your hands!”—our hands share serious neural connections with our brains, helping us to think more effectively.
  4. Don’t just storytell, storymake.
  5. If you created a problem you also have the capacity to solve it.

Resources Mentioned:

  • The Less Doing WODcast – A FULLY AUTOMATED daily workout routine brought to you for FREE by Dave Rael and Ari
  • Call 1-844-i-do-less – Toll-Free number, Press “0” to speak with a Less Doing Certified Coach
  • Text DOLESS – Text DOLESS to 33733
  • Washing Dishes for Mindfulness – Washing dishes by hand is the first step on the path to improved mindfulness
  • OneGo – Unlimited flights, nationwide
  • AppStarter – Simple, iOS app development made easy
  • Protein for Vegans – 20 unique sources of protein for Vegan
  • Developing Emotional Intelligence – EI is a skill that you can cultivate and is more correlated with success than anything else—watch TV Dramas? You probably have high EI
  • Flip7 – Printstagram for videos
  • Jumpstrtr – Crowdsourced Problem Solving for Crowdfunded Startups
  • Vague Goals Into Actionable Tasks – From Lifehacker, a tool designed to help people take vague ideas and turn them into actionable tasks
  • Sell it Easy – Sell your stuff with ease
  • Time Travel – Uber in advance
  • Gophr – London’s premiere currier service
  • Oral.IV – Advanced rehydration supplementation
  • Cut Stress, Cut Healthcare – From Time Magazine—programmatic steps to reduce stress can drastically cut healthcare costs
  • Brain Scans as Fingerprints – Brain scans can tell us more than we thing, in fact, they are so unique they can be used like fingerprints
  • Focus Booster – This utilizes the Pomodoro technique, combined with tracking to help people boost focus
  • MakerArm – The first robotic arm that makes anything, anywhere

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