Help Your Team Become Vulnerable and Emotionally Wise Like the Dolphin of The 5 Chairs

By Louise Evans, Founder, The 5 Chairs

Picture this: you’re diving into the deep blue sea, surrounded by the most magnificent creatures – dolphins. They’re intelligent, they’re playful, and they’re inredibly inspiring. As you swim alongside them, you can’t help but think, “What can these incredible sea mammals teach us about our emotions and vulnerability in a team context?”

Well, my friends, it’s time to flip on your metaphorical snorkel, because we’re about to take a deep dive into the world of the Blue Dolphin Chair, where emotional wisdom and the power of vulnerability meet with a splash of humor and a whole lot of heart.

The Playful Depths: How the Blue Dolphin Chair Unlocks Emotional Connection and Authentic Self-Expression

The Blue Dolphin Chair, also known as The Detect Chair, is where we learn to let go of the “little me” that’s plagued by self-doubt and dive headfirst into the “higher me” – the version of ourselves that can truly make a difference. We develop self-awareness, practice self-mastery, and aspire to authentic self-expression. Our guiding mantra? “I know enough, and I am enough.” (Take that, self-doubt!)

When we keep our emotions bottled up inside (or secretly encourage our teams to do the same), we become paralyzed and are unable to make that ‘splash’ in life. Our unexpressed feelings weigh us down, making it difficult to connect with others and pursue our goals. We miss out on opportunities for growth, learning, and connection, and we become stuck in the shallow end of the ocean of life. 

But when we embrace the Blue Dolphin Chair and learn to express ourselves authentically and vulnerably, we unleash our inner power and create a ripple effect that transforms our personal and professional lives.

Dolphin Pods are the Life of the Party:

Think about it: dolphins are the life of the ocean party. They’re social, they’re fearless, and they’re always up for a good time. What do they know that we don’t? It’s simple – they’re not afraid to be vulnerable. They swim through life with a sense of openness and curiosity, never shying away from their emotions or hiding their true selves. And as a result, they’re thriving.

Here’s the truth: embracing vulnerability is not a sign of weakness; it’s a sign of strength. It’s the secret sauce that brings teams together, fosters trust, and creates a culture of collaboration and support.

So, how do we harness the power of vulnerability in a team context? First, let’s have a chuckle at our own emotional inhibitions. It’s time to stop taking ourselves so seriously and start embracing the beautiful, messy, and wonderfully human experience of feeling our emotions. After all, as the wise Dr. Seuss once said, “From there to here, from here to there, funny things are everywhere.”

Developing Detect Chair Skills: Mastering Emotional Wisdom

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

  1. Lead by example: As a leader, it’s crucial to model vulnerability and emotional intelligence. Be open, honest, and impactful, and create a safe space for your team members to share their thoughts and feelings.
  2. Celebrate vulnerability: Encourage team members to take risks, be courageous and share their authentic selves, and celebrate their vulnerability when they do. Create a culture where vulnerability is seen as a strength, not a weakness.
  3. Practice self-awareness: Developing emotional intelligence starts with understanding your own emotions and reactions. Take time to reflect on your own emotional triggers and work on developing self-mastery.
  4. Encourage Speaking Up: Truly listening to your team members is a powerful way to build trust and foster emotional intelligence. Show empathy, ask questions, and be present in the moment.  Invite your team members to share their inner thoughts, feelings and needs.
  5. Embrace humor: Laughter is a powerful tool for breaking down emotional barriers and fostering connection. Use humor to create a sense of lightness and openness in your team.

So, fellow ocean adventurers, it’s time to dive into the Blue Dolphin Chair and unleash your watery ninja. Embrace your emotions, laugh at your inhibitions, and lead your team with the emotional wisdom and vulnerability that our flippered friends so effortlessly embody. By doing so, you’ll not only strengthen the bonds within your team but also create an environment where creativity, collaboration, and innovation can thrive.

Be Like the Dolphin. Life is too Short Not to Make a Splash. 

By taking the plunge and sharing our needs and emotions with others, we create deeper connections, foster trust, and build communities of support and collaboration. So, don’t let unexpressed emotions hold you back. Dive into the Blue Dolphin Chair and make a splash in life!



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