Author Archives: Alain Hunkins

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 … Continue reading

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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 … Continue reading

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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 … Continue reading

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The Leadership Blind Spot That’s Easy to Miss

Becky had a simple job to do. Becky, a senior leader at her company, was to meet Will, a much more junior employee.  Becky and Will had never met before.  Becky’s job? Engage Will in a thirty-minute conversation. But this … Continue reading

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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 … Continue reading

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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 … Continue reading

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Strengthen Team Communication to Prevent “Missed Understanding”

This week’s article was published by the American Management Association. You can read the full article at this link.  Please share it with your network. Thanks, Alain

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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 … Continue reading

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How To Start Becoming a Better Business Storyteller

Barbara was in a panic. This struck her colleagues as particularly strange, since she was the most experienced of the group.  A Senior Vice President with twenty years experience, Barbara had worked in six different countries and was one of … Continue reading

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What Really Intelligent People Need To Perform At Their Best

Jane has been recently promoted to Senior Manager at a technology firm. When I met Jane, she told me her most pressing problem: I have some really smart people on my team.  While that seems great, they’re really challenging to … Continue reading

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