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Posted October 25, 2019

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How 6 Lego bricks can teach us about the value of diversity!

I was invited to attend RLB’s annual NPO Seminar in Guelph this week.

Perfect timing, considering EoT is just over 1 year old now (remember we just had our Birthday recentlyΒ πŸŽ‰πŸŽ‚πŸŽˆ).

I was hoping to gain a little insight into the world of not-for-profits and maybe connect with some like-minded friends.

However, I was pleasantly surprised when they started out the seminar by having us play with Lego!

You might not know this, but Lego is one of my favorite toys! I even coached a FIRST Lego League team last year (aka an excuse to play with Lego twice a weekΒ πŸ˜‰)

Jonathan Bosman, Founder & Lead Facilitator for Clutch Power Consulting walked us through a Lego SeriousPLAY activity.

Unrelated side note….a friend of mine is an animated movie director, and he made the movie: The Adventures of Clutch Powers. I just thought it was a neat connection!

Anywayyyy….

What does “6 bricks” have to do with all of this?

Well, Jonathan presented us with a small box which held 6 Lego bricks and asked us to take 30 seconds to put them together to make a duck. Here’s what I came up with…

We then shared our designs with our table-mates – noticing how everyone’s finished product was different!

It was interesting to see the different way that each person thought about utilizing the SAME 6 bricks.

And, a great reminder of the value of diversity!

There’s more than 1 way to solve a problem.

There’s more than 1 right answer.

According to Jonathan, there are 9 million ways that those 6 bricks could be put together!!

Needless to say, those 6 bricks came home with me and have earned a place on my desk as an important reminder that there’s more than one way to build a duck!

Who can relate? I’d love to hear your stories about the value a diverse team brings to your work!

– Rebecca White

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