Team dynamics day at Yellowfoot Lodge for LEGO

Posted on: May 21st, 2023

The name ‘LEGO’ is an abbreviation of the two Danish words “leg godt”, meaning “play well”. It forms the name and ethos of the entire organisation. The LEGO Group was founded in 1932 by Ole Kirk Kristiansen. The company has passed from father to son and is now owned by Kjeld Kirk Kristiansen, a grandchild of the founder.  It has come a long way over the past 90 years – from a small carpenter’s workshop to a modern, global enterprise that is now one of the world’s largest manufacturers of toys.

The EMEA team met at Yellowfoot for a day of meetings and strategy forming but wanted to incorporate some structured facilitated activities as well.  Kate Gardhouse, Senior Operations Manager for Consumer & Shopper Engagement, worked with Simon to put together a series of activities that would encourage team work, communication and support across the team.  They selected a number of shorter programs to compliment the business outcomes they were hoping to achieve.

ConfigsTM drives productivity and results through interpersonal communication improvement. The program incorporates both experiential and skills training, combining a practical exercise with techniques that increase awareness and teach new skills.  Team members learn and then practice effective, pragmatic communication behaviours. Their improved performance demonstrates how to effectively communicate to positively impact real- world outcomes. 

In KaleidoscopeTM, participants are put in teams who then compete to earn as many points as possible in the time allotted. To earn points, each team must complete tasks in a constantly changing environment. Throughout the experience, teams are presented with opportunities to change, earn more points, and achieve high goals. The discussion focuses on the key principles of managing change, in a dynamic environment that mirrors the work environment in which participants currently operate.