LEGO® SERIOUS PLAY® Methods Diagnostic Cards


Based on LEGO® Serious Play® Methods, our 3D Diagnostic cards exist to help you design, develop, and run powerful meetings, leadership courses, and strategic workshops.


Strategic Play® Global's 3D diagnostic cards are a powerful pocket-sized tool for inspiring creative and strategic thinking, problem-solving, decision-making and collaboration to drive innovation. They harness the Power of Play philosophy for adults. 


We include these cards in all of our LEGO® Serious Play® methods training programs. And, we have them available for sale so you too can utilize these as a tool to ensure the best possible experience for your clients. After all, we know from experience that visual processes can make a big difference in the value you offer and they will help drive better outcomes.


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Introduction Video



What's Happening Now Video



What are the benefits of using LEGO® Serious Play® Diagnostic Cards?

Designed for facilitators, consultants and executive coaches, LEGO® Serious Play® Diagnostic Cards stimulate productive meetings and workshops through rapid diagnosis and purpose-built play. This inspires the clarity and creativity needed to address the core issues that really matter and bring additional benefits including:


Stimulate powerful questions: 

Great thinking comes from great questions. LEGO® Serious Play® Diagnostic Cards prompt facilitators and participants to ask the right questions by clearly displaying ideas that may have been unthought of previously.


Get to the heart of what matters: 

Strategic workshops have a tendency to run wild if given the chance. LEGO® Serious Play® Diagnostic Cards help you identify the key issues which clients are struggling with and effectively design strategic workshops to address them.


Create a safe setting: 

Whether it is due to office politics, lack of clarity, embarrassment, or pride, it can be difficult to bring certain topics to light. The inherent humour of the image serves as an external prompt that makes it easier for clients to open the discussion to topics which they may have considered taboo or challenging to address.


Foster effective communication:  

A universal language makes collaboration easier and less vulnerable to misinterpretation. LEGO® Serious Play® Diagnostic Cards bring clarity to communication channels by giving participants artifacts with which to tell stories, address difficult issues and articulate complex thoughts.

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Who should use LEGO® Serious Play® Diagnostic Cards?

While anyone can benefit from these practical visual tools, we created LEGO® Serious Play® Diagnostic Cards specifically for:
  • Professional facilitators
  • Management consultants
  • Organizational L&D 
  • Education professionals
  • Innovation consultants
  • Creative practitioners 
  • Professional coaches  

How best to use LEGO® Serious Play® Diagnostic Cards

The playful images and real-world challenges shown on the cards are a great source of content for strategic planning and corporate workshops. From storyboarding to root cause analysisLEGO® Serious Play® Diagnostic Cards come with over 20 exercises for making the most of your time with your client including the following activities:
  • What’s Happening Now?      
  • It’s Your Money          
  • Tell Us a Story
  • That’s Not the Real Story      
  • Name that Card         
  • And on it Goes...           
  • Cardification  
  • Storyboarding
  • A Picture Tells a Thousand Words    
  • My Pet Peeve 
  • God of the Universe  
  • Where Am I Now?     
  • My Secret Card          
  • How Others See Us   
  • Root Cause Analysis              
  • Visual Retrospective  
  • LEGO® Improvisation   
  • 3DHaiku or Other Poems       
  • Can’t Find It? Build It.
  • A Picture Tells a Thousand Words
  • What Happened?       
  • Mix us Up       
  • Superhero/Kryptonite
  • Cards to Close


The cards and accompanying exercise book prompt new questions and ways of approaching the topic of focus. Together, they greatly expand the boundaries of client creative thinking and strategic solution-finding.


Even without the exercises, the cards and photographs alone act as a powerful tool for:
  • Problem identification
  • Problem definition
  • Idea generation
  • Visual inspiration


LEGO® Diagnostic Cards Back

We have 8 sets with 25 cards in each deck (white not shown)


LEGO® Diagnostic Cards Front

Decks are in themes of 25 but can be mixed and matched




Here are two more videos showing you how we use the cards:







 Superhero / Kryptonite:


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Meet the Creators: Jacquie and Steve 


LEGO Diagnosic Cards Creators Jacquie and Steve

Jacqueline Lloyd Smith, MA, MBA, (CMC) - Read Jacquie's story here...

Stephen James Walling, CEC - Read Steve's story here.....

Are you ready to take your LEGO® Serious Play® facilitation to the next level?


We have a set of LEGO® Serious Play® Diagnostic Cards with your name on them - order during your training!