Author Archives: Alain Hunkins

10 Things That Great Talent Leaders Do on Their First Day

  Happy to report this post was recently published by ATD (the Association for Talent Development). You can find the whole post on by clicking here.      

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Is There A Downside To Being Too Nice As a Manager?

This post was published this past week by the American Management Association. You can click on the link below to read it.  Thanks! Team Leadership: Is There a Downside to Being “Nice” as a Manager?

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A Surprisingly Subtle Yet Powerful Way to Improve Decision Making

Decisions.  We make them all day, every day. Decision making seems like it should be a relatively easy process. After all, we’ve got lots of practice at it. However, for leaders making decisions in organizational settings, there’s a whole new … Continue reading

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The Giant Cost of Faking Feedback

Saying you want feedback is one thing.  The willingness to receive it is something else. Research has shown that leaders who ask for feedback are significantly more effective than leaders who don’t ask for it.  Leaders who ranked at the … Continue reading

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How Toothpaste Will Make You a Better Leader

Not long ago, toothpaste had an identity problem. If you remember, all tubes looked like this: They took up a lot of prime shelf space in the medicine cabinet. They’d only lay flat, unless you put it in a cup. … Continue reading

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3 Proven Ways to Boost Your Creativity & Productivity

Have you ever been washing the dishes and you were instantly hit with a flash of inspiration? Or maybe you were taking a shower, or going for a run, or commuting to work, or just about to fall asleep, and … Continue reading

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3 Ways to Overcome Your HATRED of Administrative Tasks

Mael is concerned.  He doesn’t want to be the latest victim of the Peter Principle:  the phenomenon where people are promoted to their own level of incompetence. An outgoing, gregarious personality, Mael is one of the most popular (and in-demand) … Continue reading

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How Mark Zuckerberg, Oprah Winfrey and Theo Epstein Share The Secret To Exceptional Communication

The end of May is graduation season in North America. That comes with the time-honored traditions of awarding honorary degrees, and having those honorees give commencement day speeches. If you’re interested in ratcheting up your communication skills, it’s also a … Continue reading

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Can You Really Hold Others Accountable?

This past Tuesday, I was on a conference call with Mindy, an HR Director for a financial services company.  I asked her what her company’s biggest leadership issues are.  Mindy said, “Our leaders don’t hold their people accountable.” Mindy’s company … Continue reading

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The Crucial Difference Between Leading Big and Leading Small

Dave is a smart guy– when it comes to most things. A Managing Director at a professional services firm, Dave knows his clients, industry, and the business inside and out.  He’s also passionate about wanting to grow the consulting skills … Continue reading

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