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Today's Leaders are Just Crying Out for Lego

Never let the child within you die.

Michelle's post [http://www.urgentevoke.com/profiles/blogs/the-secret-or-the-forgotten] made me stop and think. How much are we missing out on? As one goes through the education system not enough emphasis is placed upon creativity. As adults, playful, more individual ideas are often dismissed as 'childish' or 'silly.'

Who are you to say we should not or cannot behave or do things in certain ways?

Remember when you were small. I remember when I was four, I loved playing with Lego blocks. Castles, couches, moats; they all got built by me armed with my special Lego blocks.

But what happened when something went wrong? Or a Lego bridge fell down?

Well you pieced it back together of course. If something did not work out, one would simply put it together again differently, or perhaps with more bricks for support. Lego encouraged and fostered the creativity of children, while still making them use logic.

In today's society it seems almost impossible to be creative and logical at the same time.

My idea? Give today's leaders some Lego blocks. Put them in a room with them for a couple of days. Then come back. It will do more good than anything else. Today's leaders are just crying out for Lego.

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Comment by ben on March 27, 2010 at 5:56am
Amber - You are not going to believe this but many senior management workshops/programmes in the UK do in fact have problem solving modules using lego...and they work too. Some of the best ideas to simple problems have been solved using those fantastic multi-coloured bricks...that and a rather cleaver mind.

So it does work for Adults in the classroom. Anyone else had other experiences/ideas/unusual uses for lego?
Comment by Buffy B on March 27, 2010 at 6:08am
Great idea! And yes fun is key to learning.
Comment by Alex Stovell on March 27, 2010 at 9:43am
Hey Amber :) What I've learned over the years and through lots of trial and error with a creative group at work, is that you need both types of thinking, creative and logical, in order to develop something really useful. What works best though, is to focus on one at a time - you signal to everyone that they need to be creative and open minded for idea generation, then, when you have some ideas, you can begin to apply logic. Innovation = Insight + Ideas + Impact. If you just stick at the creative bit, but don't try and deliver (impact), then it's often little more than an indulgence. Of course, you also need insight too - the local knowledge bit - otherwise what you deliver may be creative, but without insight chances are no-one actually wants it.
Comment by Alex Stovell on March 27, 2010 at 3:04pm
Sounds great Panamericana :) Second Life is already great for creating stuff and playing - virtual lego I guess :)
Comment by Nicolas Dykstra on March 29, 2010 at 3:17am
I love my LEGOS, I could never afford the large sets, but I had tons of the small sets. I built buildings, cars, ect. I still play with them, and it makes my mind race with Ideas.
Comment by Adam Curtis on March 29, 2010 at 9:14pm
I still play with lego ;)
Comment by Amber Sofia on March 29, 2010 at 9:16pm
I'm jealous =P I lost all my lego when we moved house just over a year ago. o.o
Comment by Adam Curtis on March 29, 2010 at 9:24pm
That's a heartbreaker. If you're ever in Canada we can build something out of lego together.
Comment by Amber Sofia on March 29, 2010 at 9:28pm
I'm gonna hold you to that now. :P
Comment by Oliver Hohlstein on March 30, 2010 at 7:19am
This really made me smile. :)
Thank you, Amber


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