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I’m not sure about you but when I was younger I loved Lego. Not that I ever had any of my own. No, that was a luxury that apparently we couldn’t quite afford. But my friend Dean Johnson, who lived next door, could. We had many a battle playing soldiers on a lego battlefield. Anyhow, where am I going with this?

Well, for some reason my son Ellis has gone off knitting now and he’s loving building lego and to be honest I think I’m more excited with all this than he is. A few weeks ago I called into the Lego Store at The Meadowhall in Sheffield and grabbed two scoops of Lego for him (well, me) now that he is finally into his Lego phase.

The self-fill tubs at £11.99 and I bought two large cups. How it works is that you fill the tub with as much lego as you can cram in. And so I crammed them in to the best of my ability. I was so excited driving up the motorway to hand over the tightly filled cups full of lego to Ellis.

You can imagine my slight embarrarasment when Ellis pointed out that I could have got much more in if I had tried. He suggested that next time If I were to connect the bricks together that we could squeeze more in.

And so the experiment began. I visited the lego store again. First of all I filled the cup with as many orange bricks as I could. I then spent the next 15 minutes actually connecting the bricks together so as to save space and be more efficient. As you can see from the images below, we could indeed fit more in once connecting the  bricks. Genius.

Lego 1

What you can see is how many extra bricks I was able to get into the plastic container when I approached this task from another angle. The green and blue bricks were the extras. I’d estimate that I got almost another 20% of bricks in there.

Lego2

How about that? And how about you? Where in your life or business could you take a different approach in order to get a different and maybe even better result. I believe we all can in most things. It’s about being open-minded, sharing the task with others who may see it differently and maybe even asking for the help of someone many years younger than yourself.

Happy lego building.

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