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An exploration into using LEGO® SERIOUS PLAY® (LSP) within a positive psychology framework in individual coaching: an interpretative phenomenological analysis (IPA)

Quinn, T. ORCID: https://orcid.org/0000-0002-2096-6510, Trinh, S.-h. ORCID: https://orcid.org/0000-0001-6662-1406 and Passmore, J. ORCID: https://orcid.org/0000-0003-0832-7510 (2021) An exploration into using LEGO® SERIOUS PLAY® (LSP) within a positive psychology framework in individual coaching: an interpretative phenomenological analysis (IPA). Coaching: An International Journal of Theory, Research and Practice. ISSN 1752-1890

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To link to this item DOI: 10.1080/17521882.2021.1898427

Abstract/Summary

LEGO® SERIOUS PLAY® (LSP) within a positive psychology (PP) framework is an under-researched, creative group-work tool that aims to develop positive qualities through the creation of Lego models, metaphors and storytelling. The paper’s purpose is to explore the potential use with individual coaching clients as a means to opening up coaching conversations. A qualitative research study was conducted using interpretative phenomenological analysis as its methodology with the aim to explore individuals’ experiences of using LSP in coaching sessions to determine its value within a PP framework. Five participants took part in the coaching sessions, followed by semi-structured interviews where they were invited to reflect on their experience of the sessions. Three superordinate themes were identified with participants experiencing the creation of greater awareness and insights, having the time to think and a sense of emotional security. Lego was an enabler for creating new awareness and insights within the individual, by creating a psychologically safe environment, where ideas emerge in a way that allows more time to think, being in flow and a further opening of the coaching conversation.

Item Type:Article
Refereed:Yes
Divisions:Henley Business School > Leadership, Organisations and Behaviour
ID Code:98432
Uncontrolled Keywords:Organizational Behavior and Human Resource Management, Developmental and Educational Psychology, Social Psychology
Publisher:Informa UK Limited

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