Hani Kafoury

Hani Kafoury

Change, Leadership and Mindfulness Expert, Psychologist

Hani Kafoury

Change. It’s the only constant. What’s more, it’s a constant that seems to be constantly accelerating.

No wonder people and organizations are looking for help in dealing with the accelerating volume of change. And for a good reason – most change initiatives, whether organizational or personal, tend to fail.

Hani Kafoury offers a unique set of skills and expertise for businesses and organizations looking to inspire and successfully lead people through change.

As a trained psychologist, Hani has a deep understanding of why people can struggle with change.  He helps them break through the limiting beliefs that are keeping them from moving forward to becoming what they must.

Hani has led teams through change as a former senior business executive so he also has first-hand experience on driving change in the workplace.  He shares why a people-focused change strategy will ultimately bring sustained competitiveness and value creation for employees, customers and shareholders.

Using his training in human behaviour combined with his own D.A.R.E.® mantra and change coaching tool, he provides his audiences with proven, actionable change strategies. Recognizing the vital role “minding the moment” can play in managing change, he shares the benefit of practicing “mindfulness”

Evidence-based research is pointing to the surprising personal and organizational benefits of mindfulness for individuals and organizations, from enhancing decision making to improving performance and well-being – qualities that are most vulnerable, and yet most critical in times of change.

Hani not only talks the talk, he has walked the walk of change his entire life. He’s learned to relinquish the familiar – that safety thinking that puts us at ease and makes us feel in control – to pursue the ‘what ifs’ that thrive in the unknown:

From an extremely shy immigrant boy without a word of English, he’s become a leader and speaker. From a non-athletic teen, he became a runner with several marathons to his credit. From successful young manager climbing the corporate ladder, he opted to take a sabbatical year to travel the world – in the process fulfilling many of his aspirations, from teaching English in Thailand, sailing down the Nile in Egypt, trekking the Annapurna in Nepal, or meeting Mother Teresa. From typical tourist, he turned mountain trekker, reaching the summit of Mount Kilimanjaro – and producing a documentary film about it. From a well-established corporate career, he ventured out on his own in his early 50s, and then completed an Ironman at 59 just for good measure…

Hani has been widely recognized as an upbeat, engaging and interactive speaker and seminar leader. His talks and seminars kindle the mind, fire up emotions and inspire change in people. He has given talks and led workshops for Ford of Canada, Janssen Pharmaceuticals, Otsuka Canada, Jubilant Pharma, Bristol-Myers Squibb, Genome Quebec, BDC Capital, Bond Brand Loyalty, EnsembleEQ, Telus Health, Pharmaceutical Marketing Club of Quebec (PMCQ), Association of Change Management Professionals (ACMP), University of Montreal (HEC), Community Economic Development and Employability of Canada (CEDEC), The Healthcare Businesswoman’s Association of Canada(HBAC), Greater Edmonton Teachers’ Association, Health Partners International of Canada (HPIC), Women in Bio.

Hani is based in Montreal, Canada, and can deliver his talks in English or French.

Please contact us for more information or to book Hani Kafoury for your next event.

  1. LEADING CHANGE – From Paper to People

    Leading your staff through change goes beyond simply communicating, training and providing incentives. While these are essential, they are not the whole story.

    In this seminar, you will learn the fundamentals about the psychology behind change, how to address it so that your staff is supportive of the change, as well as your role as a change leader. You will learn:

    • Why people resist change and how to transition them through change
    • Your role and responsibility as a leader in times of change
    • Key strategies that will help staff move with the change – what to watch for, what to say, what to
  2. D.A.R.E.® TO RIDE THE WAVE OF CHANGE: Four Psychological drivers to embrace change

    Whether it’s quitting smoking, losing weight, getting in shape, or adopting new ways on the job, more often than not people fail to make change happen. Studies show that in some areas 70% to 98% of our change attempts end up in failure. This comes with a cost – psychological, emotional, physical, social, and economic. Why is this? And, more importantly, how do we avoid falling into the “wishful thinking” trap?

    As a former senior executive turned psychologist and transformational coach, Hani  has identified, four psychological drivers needed to achieve change.  Understanding these drivers will move you from resisting to embracing change in both your personal and professional life.

    In this engaging keynote, Hani will share:

    • The four psychological drivers (D.A.R.E.®) that fuel any change and ways to boost them
    • Practical strategies that can be applied immediately to achieve any change or transformation


  3. Mindfulness for Mental Health

    The human mind is a miracle. It has performed amazing feats, from circumventing Mars to mapping the human genome. Yet it is the very same mind that causes 2 in 10 individuals to suffer from anxiety disorders and 1 in 10 from depression.

    Our mind will often engage in thoughts about the past or future and resist the present. This is a state that could be defined as “mindlessness”.

    Being deliberately aware in the present moment, without judgement or influence from the past or future, is what we commonly refer to as “mindfulness”.

    To the extent that we are “minding the present”  we allow ourselves that space to live life fully, work with focus and intent, and lead with clarity and compassion. So how do we get there?

    This keynote will introduce you to the power of mindfulness, though not a panacea, has a positive impact on overall physical and mental health and well-being, stress reduction, decreased anxiety and depression, enhanced emotion regulation and much more.

    In his usual dynamic and engaging style, Hani will share with you:

    • What mindfulness is (and is not!)
    • The power of our thoughts and their effect on our brain – and even our physiology
    • Research-based evidence on the benefits of mindfulness at the workplace and beyond
    • The way mindfulness meditation practice can lead to a new way of living, working and leading
    • Simple ways to start and sustain your mindfulness practice

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