About Alain

A sought-after keynote speaker, facilitator, coach and author, Alain Hunkins helps leaders achieve performance goals, easier.

His work connects the science of high performance with the performing art of leadership. Leaders trust him to help unlock their potential and expand their influence, leading to superior results, increased engagement, higher levels of retention, and greater organizational and personal satisfaction. He has a gift for translating complex concepts from psychology, neuroscience and organizational behavior into simple, practical tools that can be applied on the job.

About Alain

A sought-after keynote speaker, facilitator, coach and author, Alain Hunkins helps leaders achieve performance goals, easier.

His work connects the science of high performance with the performing art of leadership. Leaders trust him to help unlock their potential and expand their influence, leading to superior results, increased engagement, higher levels of retention, and greater organizational and personal satisfaction. He has a gift for translating complex concepts from psychology, neuroscience and organizational behavior into simple, practical tools that can be applied on the job.

Over the course of his 25 year career, Alain has worked with tens of thousands of leaders in over 25 countries, and served clients in all industries, including 42 Fortune 100 companies.

He delivers dynamic keynotes, seminars, and workshops covering a variety of leadership topics including communication, teambuilding, conflict management, peak performance, motivation, and change.

With his Master’s in Fine Arts in Acting from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee’s Professional Theater Training Program, and a BA from Amherst College, Alain is on the faculty of Duke Corporate Education, ranked #2 worldwide in 2019 by Financial Times on its list of customized Executive Education programs. He also serves on the Academic Advisory Board for the New Delhi Institute of Management, and has lectured at UNC Kenan-Flagler’s business school, Pepperdine Graduate School of Education and Psychology, UMass-Boston College of Management and Columbia University. Alain's was invited to Den Helder, Netherlands to give a TEDx talk called "The Basic Truth Most Leaders Neglect."

Cracking the Leadership Code was endorsed by leadership luminaries Jim Kouzes, Barry Posner, Dan Pink, and Marshall Goldsmith. Alain has authored over 400 articles, and been published in Fast Company, Business Insider, Chief Executive, Chief Learning Officer, The Association for Talent Development, CEO Refresher, and the American Management Association. He’s also a Leadership Strategy contributing writer for Forbes.

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A certified co-leader for ManKind Project International, a non-profit whose mission is to help men lead lives of service to their families, communities, and workplaces, Alain is based in Northampton, MA with his wife and two teenaged children.

Why I Do What I Do

Victor Frankl, the acclaimed psychiatrist and Holocaust survivor, titled his famous memoir, “Man’s Search for Meaning”. Ever since I was a small boy, I’ve been searching for meaning. I started this quest at an unusually young age because of an unusual upbringing: My mother and grandmother were both Holocaust survivors. My mother was hidden via the Belgian Underground Resistance for three years, and my grandmother was arrested, imprisoned and then liberated from a concentration camp. Their traumatic wartime experience shaped their worldview. It also shaped how they raised me and led our family. Life at home felt viscerally different than life at school or over at friends’ houses. At the time, I had no idea why. We never talked about it.

I became highly attuned to other people’s emotions and behaviors. I studied psychology and theater—disciplines that focus on human behavior and motivation. I learned about group dynamics and acquired facilitation skills.

In my personal and professional life, I’ve been driven to understand what actions produce or destroy trust, improve or stifle communication, build bridges or walls, create engagement or apathy, and create high performance or high dysfunction.

Frankl wrote...

“Between stimulus and response there is a space. In that space is our power to choose our response. In our response lies our growth and our freedom.”

I do what I do because I’m on a mission: I want to create a vibrant and alive world by kindling the fire of brilliance in people. I believe that when your brilliance shines brightly, you’re able to see that space between stimulus and response more clearly. You can access your power.

You can find freedom.

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