Alain Hunkins

Three Keys to Creating Candor

I work with a lot of leaders who want to be better at managing conflict. Frankly, that’s not their real issue. What they really need to do is get better at dealing with the absence of conflict. Far more teams suffer from the disease of pseudo-harmony than overt disputes. Personal attacks are quite rare. If … Read more

10 Things Jigsaw Puzzles Teach About Leading Better Meetings

Meetings. You probably spend lots of hours in bad ones. They drain time, morale and money.  It’s not just you.  A study by Bain & Company found that on average, senior executives spend more than two days a week in meetings.  In the United States,  over $25 million is wasted per day on useless meetings.  that just aren’t … Read more

Money, Power, or Freedom: Which Leads to Most Well-Being?

As a leader, you’re in the well-being business. Why? Because when people feel better (physically, emotionally, and mentally) they perform better. They’re also more motivated. Thus, it’s in your best interest to know which drivers influence well-being most. Unfortunately, the main go-to motivator in many organization is money. Now, there’s nothing wrong with money per … Read more

An Essential Step to Leading Smarter

Leadership is a process of influencing others to willingly work towards a shared purpose.  Part of that job is communicating what that purpose is.  Too many leaders go about this the wrong way.   Consider Fernando.  A senior finance director for a large multinational based in Mexico City, Fernando has always been in leadership roles for more … Read more

3 Easy Ways to Say “I’m Unprofessional”

Do you care what people think about you? Of course you do.We live in an age of easy access to information.  This access gives your customers a multitude of choices as to where to get their needs met.What separates you from your competitor?It’s not the quality or cost of your product or service.  It’s the … Read more

The Part of Your Brain That Can Make Work A Joy…or a Hell

There’s a small part of your brain called the RAS:  Reticular Activating System. The RAS  is the gateway for nearly all sensory input entering the brain.  The RAS works like a bouncer outside a nightclub.  It decides what information to let in, what to keep out, and which information should be treated like a “VIP”.   Excepting … Read more

How Empowerment Leads to Engagement

If it were you, which would you most prefer? No choice Someone else’s choice for me My choice The answer is obvious:  In general, we prefer to make our own choices.There’s a freedom that comes from making our own choices.  This is the heart of empowerment:the ability to be directly involved in our work. This … Read more

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