Colony 47 Case Study

How LEGO® SERIOUS PLAY™ can be used to develop team strategies

Colony 47 engaged 2PM Services to facilitate a LEGO® SERIOUS PLAY™ (LSP) workshop to develop more effective team strategies for their Youth Solutions division. Their goal was to strengthen communications, improve clients experience and enhance team leader cohesion.

Colony 47 is an independent, proudly Tasmanian social enterprise committed to creating positive change in our community by addressing the barriers to housing, education and employment that are faced by people in Tasmania.

As part of its work, Colony 47’s Youth Solutions division build solutions with young people to achieve their goals and aspirations, through the involvement of families and communities.

Colony 47 is committed to ensuring that young people are supported to achieve their goals in life and is one of the largest providers of integrated youth services in Southern Tasmania.

The Challenge

Colony 47 engaged 2PM Services to develop guidelines to strengthen communication between Youth Solutions Initiatives to enable an improved client experience.

2PM also sought to enhance team leader cohesion through offering the opportunity to further insights and awareness of the team on a personal level.

The Solution

2PM Facilitator, Stephanie McKay, designed and facilitated a LEGO® SERIOUS PLAY™ workshop to develop an integrated approach with the Youth Services division. This workshop was specifically aimed at developing strategies to improve communication and to enhance team leader cohesion.

During the session, team leaders were encouraged to build models to reflect the ‘current state’ of their role and how they interacted and worked together. This provided clarity around the challenges that each team leader was facing.

The team was then asked to build a ‘future state’ vision and plan how they could work better together in the future and identify what systems and processes would need to be put into place.

The outcomes

The team was able to gain a greater appreciation for each other’s roles and how they contributed to the success of the organisation.  Guidelines and action plans to improve communication between teams and initiatives were constructed. 

To support these, the skills, resources, systems and processes to enable implementation were also developed.  This energetic and enthusiastic team even had time to build their shared mission statement!

They were also able to develop a suite of new initiatives, clarity on how they would interact and work together moving forward, and importantly, a shared commitment to achieving these outcomes.

The feeDback

I would definitely recommend Stephanie and this method of facilitation. The LEGO® SERIOUS PLAY™ workshop brought the team together and put them on the same page, while having a bit of a laugh at the same time. We achieved a lot more in our workshop, than I thought we would. It’s a really great way of bringing a team together and getting a new mission forward.

– Glen O’Keefe Manager, Colony 47 Youth Solutions Division.


LEGO® SERIOUS PLAY™ (LSP) Workshops are a facilitated thinking, communication and problem-solving technique for use with organisations, teams and individuals.

LSP draws on extensive research from the fields of business, organisation development, psychology and learning, making the process highly efficient and effective.

Within just a few days, a group or team can have a clear, shared direction with people who are confidently aligned and committed to a course of action. This makes it an excellent tool for team strategy development.

Could your team benefit from this type of workshop?