LAOS AND THE LESSONS OF THE WAIT CHAIR

LAOS AND THE LESSON OF THE WAIT CHAIR In the past few months, I noticed signposts pointing the way to The Wait Chair. The world is changing at breakneck speed. Many movements have taken shape and are now in a place of ‘how do we solidify our message of who we are?’ The Chinese Lunar […]

THE DETECT CHAIR – MANAGING EMOTIONS

THE DETECT CHAIR – MANAGING EMOTIONS In the Buddhist philosophy, the color blue represents a pure and uncluttered mind. In The Detect Chair, we develop SELF-AWARENESS, practice SELF-MASTERY and aspire to authentic SELF-EXPRESSION. Managing emotions is an integral part of this development. Our guiding belief in this chair is: ‘I know enough and I am enough.’Our nudge […]

THE POWER OF EMPATHY IN THE CONNECT CHAIR

THE POWER OF EMPATHY IN THE CONNECT CHAIR The emotional literacy we develop in the Detect Chair lays the foundation for the Connect Chair. The driving force here is empathy, the heart of all collaboration and civility. This chair offers the key to solving conflict whether in the boardroom, in the family or in society at […]

THE POWER OF WORDS

THE POWER OF WORDS I recently saw a quote: “If the words I spoke were written on my skin would I still be beautiful?” What we think or say about someone is something we should all keep in mind in our daily lives from dealing with family to making posts on social media to handling […]

DEVELOPING THE ART OF SPEAKING UP

DEVELOPING THE ART OF SPEAKING UP What lies beneath communication is want or need. Finding a way to identify these drives correctly then express them with deftness and heart lies at the core of the art of speaking up. We were taught at a young age, that “if you have nothing nice to say, say […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]