How to Stay Calm, Cool, and Collected While Everyone is Losing Their Minds

Be Like the Meerkat of The 5 Chairs

By Louise Evans, Founder, The 5 Chairs

In the midst of today’s chaotic world, where people are running around like headless chickens, wouldn’t it be lovely to remain unshaken by it all? Enter Louise Evans, author extraordinaire, who’s got a secret weapon up her sleeve: “The 5 Chairs” methodology. The pièce de résistance in this world-famous approach is the third chair, the Meerkat “Wait” Chair. In the words of Queen Elsa, “let it go” and embrace the power of pausing in a VUCA (volatile, uncertain, complex, and ambiguous) world.

The Meerkat “Wait” Chair: The Chill Zone in the Land of Overreactions

The Wait Chair is like that sweet spot between a full-on meltdown (Attack Chair) and a group hug (Connect Chair). It’s all about restraining those knee-jerk reactions and hitting the pause button before you lose your cool. Channel your inner Zen master, take a deep breath, and become a curious observer instead of an emotional firecracker.

Taking a page from the meerkat playbook, this chair encourages you to be more like our small mammal friend, renowned for its observation skills, stillness, and focus. Just like a meerkat on sentry duty, stay alert and vigilant, guarding yourself against those pesky, destabilizing thoughts.

Developing Wait Chair Skills: Mastering the Art of Chill

To truly tap into your inner Meerkat, work on honing these essential life skills:

Choose your attitude: Embrace the power of positivity, and consciously decide to face situations with a constructive outlook.

Cultivate presence: Be in the moment, and resist the temptation to time travel to the land of “what ifs” and “if onlys.”

Develop inner stability: Build a solid foundation of inner calm and resilience, helping you stay cool under pressure.

Choreograph your thoughts: Recognize that you are the master of your mind and choose responses that align with your goals and values.

Choose your attitude (again, for emphasis): Seriously, this one’s important. Proactively opt for a constructive attitude, even when the world seems to be falling apart.


In a world that’s more VUCA than a rollercoaster ride, mastering the art of pause through the Meerkat “Wait” Chair in Louise Evans’ The 5 Chairs methodology is the key to keeping your composure. Develop those Wait Chair skills, and you’ll be the epitome of calm, cool, and collected, transforming into a “behavioral ninja” who thrives in any situation. So, when everyone else is losing their minds, just remember: be like the meerkat.

Be Like the Meerkat

By understanding The 5 Chairs and becoming a “Behavioral Ninja,” you will be better equipped to handle any type of interaction and navigate any workplace dynamics with calm and freedom to choose a response.. 

Keep in mind, it’s not about denying the chaos around you, but rather embracing the call to Meerkat equanimity by recognizing various communication styles and fine-tuning your own to align with them. With the prowess and mindfulness to adeptly engage with any circumstance, you’ll be on the path towards a calmer and more fulfilling work journey.



In a VUCA world, mastering “behavioral agility” is vital for those aiming to become behavioral ninjas. This groundbreaking and highly-praised self-paced video course comprises 22 captivating videos, exercises, scenarios, and tips designed to equip you with the skills to conquer any situation. The course delves into various topics, from mitigating toxic behaviors to transitioning from judgment to observation, distinguishing facts, and addressing requests, all while managing your inner critic.

The 5 Chairs Intro Course  presents practical, memorable, and enjoyable lessons founded on easy-to-understand concepts and metaphors that cater to diverse learning styles. Rich sensory messaging reinforces the teachings, while its universal applicability transcends cultural and generational boundaries.

Participants of The 5 Chairs Intro Course reap numerous benefits, including enhanced self-awareness, self-understanding, behavioral control, resilience, and improved relationships in both professional and personal spheres. This transformative experience empowers you to become your best self, thereby positively influencing your teams, organizations, families, and entire communities.

The 5 Chairs learning journey fosters improved self-reflection, self-awareness, self-management, self-expression, and self-actualization. It presents an opportunity to take charge of your life, relationships, and future. So, if you’re prepared to become a behavioral ninja amidst today’s tumultuous workplace, enroll in The 5 Chairs Intro Course today.

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