Leadership

AI AND SOFT SKILLS: HOW THE 5 CHAIRS BRINGS THE HEART TO TECHNOLOGY

AI IN THE WORKPLACE The topic of Artificial Intelligence (AI) in the workplace usually triggers us to imagine computers and robots taking over the world, making humans irrelevant and obsolete. Well, Keep Calm and Read On. This type of AI is far beyond where we are today or in the foreseeable future, but we can prepare our …

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Leadership

MY DIGITAL HEART: HOW TWO DAYS IN ZURICH UNIVERSITY HOSPITAL GOT ME THINKING ABOUT SOFT SKILLS IN THE DIGITAL AGE

LAOS AND THE LESSON OF THE WAIT CHAIR Last week I was on my way to deliver a 5 Chairs Leadership program to the Ontex Executive team in Russia, but I didn’t make it. On the plane, my stomach started to seriously play up due to a virus I’d picked up somewhere, and I ended …

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Leadership

THE 5 FUNDAMENTAL CHARACTER TRAITS OF LEADERSHIP

THE 5 FUNDAMENTAL CHARACTER TRAITS OF LEADERSHIP What are the fundamental cognitive capacities and character traits that a person absolutely must have to fulfill a leadership role when lives and fortunes are at stake? TRUST Leadership has a fundamental role to play here. Only when a culture feels ‘safe’ will people dare to open up more. Only …

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Leadership

ON THE ROAD WITH THE 5 CHAIRS – A POSTCARD FROM ETHIOPIA

ON THE ROAD WITH THE 5 CHAIRS One of the most exhilarating things for me about The 5 Chairs is bringing the teachings about the human side of business to places where the people are excited to open up to new ideas and experiences. The journey is as beautiful for me as it is for …

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Leadership

DEVELOPING EMPATHY THROUGH PARALLEL THOUGHT

DEVELOPING EMPATHY THROUGH PARALLEL THOUGHT To be able to truly modify a behavior there is a chair that sits at the center of The 5 Chairs: The Wait Chair. Here is where we observe, take a breath and collect ourselves before reacting. This is indeed a place that is the lynchpin to our journey. Here …

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