Stressful for applicants – many of whom might be far more natural working on a team or in the classroom than they are in an interview. Exhausting for schools and school leaders – interview after interview, the blurring is real.
The stakes to get it right are high, and that’s even before you begin to consider the investment involved in relocation and onboarding.
And after all that, it’s almost certain that you’re meeting the applicant’s “Interview Persona.” It can be tricky to make eye contact with the real, entire person behind a conventional job application – the process as we know it is more conducive to meeting someone’s “best behaviour” than it is to meeting the person deeply in touch with what really lights them up and makes them thrive on your team.
This is where the LEGO Serious Play comes in. Approaching an important conversation through play lowers the perceived stakes attached to what we’re doing, and invites us to act more naturally. It allows us to simulate a team environment that allows that applicant to show us their humanity, their values, and the way they show up amongst their colleagues. Here’s some insights from applicants and school leaders I’ve worked with in the past:
“Thinking bigger let us dig deeper and share some huge ideas about philosophies, values, and ambition.”
“Being playful allowed us to leave the stuffy interview dynamic at the door, and authentically collaborate as a big group of capable professionals.”
“Adding new things and ‘building on’ allowed us to explore the applicants’ relationship with risk and challenge, and to see who’s adept at making lemons into lemonade.”
**You’ll walk away from this session with two things.**
**** First, you’ll get to explore how the LEGO Serious Play method can transform the interview process, and provide a whole new level of depth and insight to the way you recruit the people that make up your learning environments.
Second (and most importantly), you’ll have a hands-on experience of the process yourselves, to see how it works on your own thought process and communication, and to witness that in each other.
**(You’ll also have a lot of fun.)**
March 2024 - 21CLHK
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