Kevin D. Hancock


Transcending the time of COVID-19

Transcending the time of COVID-19
Apr 27, 2020 by Kevin D Hancock
Hello! I hope you are well and transcending this time of COVID-19 in a way that will ultimately bring positive change and energy to yourself and those around you! This is an important time to be intentional about how we move forward in a manner that strengthens ourselves, our communities, and humanity as a whole. To that end I would like to share a few publications and podcasts that my new book,The Seventh Power: One CEO's Journey into the Business of Shared Leadership, has recently been a part of. 

Seeing The Deeper Lessons of Coronavirus

Seeing The Deeper Lessons of Coronavirus
Mar 19, 2020 by Kevin D Hancock
Recently, I was asked to write an essay about the possible long-term learnings for humanity from coronavirus.  I did so.  It got published yesterday by Thrive Global – an amazing organization that I would encourage all of you to check out! I wanted to share that essay here with you as well. 

The Seventh Power sightings: Barnes & Noble 5th Avenue window!!!

The Seventh Power sightings: Barnes & Noble 5th Avenue window!!!
Mar 03, 2020 by Kevin D Hancock
Wow! It has been an amazing launch week for The Seventh Power: One CEO's Journey into the Business of Shared Leadership. Walking up to the display window of Barnes & Noble on 5th Avenue in New York City and seeing my book featured was such an exciting moment for me. My book will be featured there now through March 10th - tell all your friends in NYC to go check it out!

Thank you all for your support and help in sharing this book. In the 21st Century, it is the readers that sell books by recommending them to others personally. The online community has also made it really easy to share, and online retailers review sections are very helpful to potential readers. Thank you in advance for posting a review of The Seventh Power once you've had a chance to read.

My new book - The Seventh Power - releases today!

My new book - The Seventh Power - releases today!
Feb 25, 2020 by Kevin D Hancock
What if everyone on earth felt trusted, respected, valued, and heard? I'm excited to announce the official release of my second book, The Seventh Power: One CEO's Journey into the Business of Shared Leadership. Published by Post Hill Press, the book is now available to order online through any of the outlets listed below. Over the past decade, my leadership journey has formed into a powerful set of lessons, documented and shared in my latest book and integrated at our lumber company here in Maine.

Thank you for being connected and helping to create and share a new pathway to organizational excellence.

Sending copies of The Seventh Power to Ukraine today!

Sending copies of The Seventh Power to Ukraine today!
Feb 21, 2020 by Kevin D Hancock
Sending book copies today to my friends Mykola and Hanna in Kyiv Ukraine! Both are 97 year old survivors of the 1931-32 Holodomor (forced starvation) in which 4-7 million Ukrainians died. My wife, Alison and I interviewed them in Kyiv in 2017 and they are both still alive and well today to read their stories featured in Chapter 6 - FIELDS OF MEMORY. 

Here are the opening two sentences of the chapter:
"The odds that Hanna Sirois would survive the winter of 1932 in the Ukraine and live to see her eighth birthday were too small to calculate. Her parents were dead. Her younger brother and sister were dead, and were it not for her nine-year-old sister, Marina, Hanna herself never would have survived."

Order your copy today to read more!

The Social Impactors

The Social Impactors
Feb 05, 2020 by Kevin D Hancock
Hello! I had a wonderful conversation on The Social Impactors podcast and wanted to share it with you!

Exciting surprise shipment today at the Hancock Lumber home office...

Exciting surprise shipment today at the Hancock Lumber home office...
Jan 24, 2020 by Kevin D Hancock
Hello!  We received an exciting surprise shipment today at the Hancock Lumber home office - advanced copies of my upcoming book arrived! THE SEVENTH POWER - ONE CEO'S JOURNEY INTO THE BUSINESS OF SHARED LEADERSHIP.

When I first acquired my voice disorder in 2010 I had no idea it was bringing me down this path of dispersed power, shared leadership and giving strength to the voices of others. When I first began traveling to the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation I had no idea that not one but two books were in the making.  
Today it all seems so clear.  The first step in finding your voice is losing it...

So now I have my advanced copies.  Hardcover with a beautiful jacket.  My dear friend Kourtney McLean was the original designer of that cover! 
Follow this link to order your copy now for shipment February 25th! Thank you for being interested in my work, this book, and the message of celebrating all voices!

I'm excited to share that my new book is now available for pre-order: The Seventh Power: One CEO's Journey into the Business of Shared Leadership

I'm excited to share that my new book is now available for pre-order: The Seventh Power: One CEO's Journey into the Business of Shared Leadership
Jan 21, 2020 by Kevin D Hancock

My upcoming book, THE SEVENTH POWER – ONE CEO’S JOURNEY INTO THE BUSINESS OF SHARED LEADERSHIP, releases for sale 5 weeks from tomorrow (Feb. 25)!  The book is being published by Post Hill Press and distributed by Simon and Schuster. Here’s a sneak look at the copy for the inside jacket cover of the book:

Check out my recent TEDxDirigo Talk: The Business of Shared Leadership – A CEO’s Quest to Disperse Power

Check out my recent TEDxDirigo Talk: The Business of Shared Leadership – A CEO’s Quest to Disperse Power
Jan 10, 2020 by Kevin D Hancock

Hello!  I had the lovely opportunity to give a talk recently at the 2019 TedX Dirigo event in Portland, Maine titled “The Business of Shared Leadership – A CEO’s Quest to Disperse Power.”  The Ted Talk video just released a few days before Christmas and I am excited to share it with you now.  The entire day was inspiring.  There are so many great leadership stories right here in Maine!


The event took place at the Innovation Center on the UNE Campus in Portland.  The event hall was sold out.  A large portion of those in attendance were young people and I was happy to give a talk about a new mission for business focused first on the employee experience and dedicated to helping every member of the team find their true voice.  In this model, profit becomes the outcome of a higher calling. 

Happy Holidays!

Happy Holidays!
Dec 20, 2019 by Kevin D Hancock
HONORING THE PAST. VISION FOR THE FUTURE. As we close out this decade of business and our 171st year of doing business in Maine, Hancock Lumber would like to say thank you for being connected to us and being a part of our journey. We're excited to share this 4-part video storytelling series we've created this year featuring the history, operations, community engagement, and future vision of our seventh generation company. Please take some time to watch these our videos and share. Wishing you and your family a safe and happy holiday season! 


Dec 10, 2019 by Kevin D Hancock

The other night I turned on the news to get an update on the impeachment hearings. I deliberately watched fifteen minutes of MSNBC and fifteen minutes of Fox News. The hosts on both stations employed the same tactic: MSNBC took the weakest Republican moments from the entire day and magnified them. Fox took the weakest Democratic moments from the entire day and magnified them. If I only watched one channel and not the other, my information would have been highly skewed.


I personally do not see impeachment (or any part of America, for that matter) through Republican or Democratic eyes. I see America through human eyes. I don’t care what party the president is from when it comes to impeachment. But that’s not the point of this essay. My focus today is on how divisive the business of governance and leadership in Washington has become; what a poor example it is for those who watch it; and what we, as a nation of citizens, might do about it.


Dec 06, 2019 by Kevin D Hancock

For centuries large organizations have amassed power in order to engineer change. Since the time of the Egyptian pharaohs and Roman emperors, achieving scale has been a primary path toward influence.


But when you look around the world today, you can see that the traditional big institutions are struggling and stumbling. According to the Pew Research Center, in December of 1958, 73 percent of Americans believed they could trust their government in Washington, all or most of the time. In March of 2019, fewer than 17 percent of Americans agreed with that statement. Meanwhile, church attendance in the United States has fallen from 71 percent to 50 percent in the last twenty-five years.


Correspondingly, it seems increasingly difficult for large organizations to act swiftly, collaboratively, or effectively. In the twenty-first century, bureaucratic scale has become the enemy of excellence, not the enabler of it. Why?

Culture Makes The Difference

Culture Makes The Difference
Nov 27, 2019 by Kevin D Hancock

What differentiates companies?  It’s generally not products, services, facilities, or equipment.  In our industry, for example, our lumberyard competitors sell essentially the same assortment of building materials that we do.  Across New England, our white pine sawmill competitors make products that are very similar to our own.  Additionally, we all tend to sell our products at comparable prices.  So, what differentiates one company from another? 

Years ago, I would have said it was people who make the difference and separate companies.  But I have come to realize that’s not the whole story.  Certain companies may think they have the ‘best people’, but the truth is, great people are everywhere – the planet is filled with them.  For example, the United States has a more productive economy per capita than Europe, but no one would take this to mean that America has better people than Europe does.  America is filled with great people, and so is Europe—and, so is every other country on earth.  People are inherently great by virtue of their common humanity. 


Oct 17, 2019 by Kevin D Hancock
I was scanning the news on my phone when the reality struck me. The next cold war has already begun. But this one is different, harder to detect, because it’s being waged with money not guns and the adversary is the Chinese Communist Party.  

What organization inadvertently shined a light on this new cold war? Unexpectedly, it was the National Basketball Association. 

On October 4, the Houston Rockets GM, Daryl Morey tweeted, ‘FIGHT FOR FREEDOM.  STAND WITH HONG KONG.’  I was happy to see this. All fall I have been saddened by how little moral support these brave pro-democracy protestors have received from leaders in the United States. The protesters most aggressive demand for Hong Kong?  They want to be able to elect their leaders – which the Chinese Communist Party does not allow (In China the Party picks your leaders).  The very fact that they need masks to protest tells you everything you need to know about the Chinese government.  You don’t need a mask in America to disagree with your government. 

So why have they not received more encouragement? The answer, it turns out, is money. 

EXCITING NEWS: My next book releases on February 25, 2020!

Aug 06, 2019 by Kevin D Hancock
Hello! I have some exciting news! My next book, The Seventh Power – One CEO’S Journey into the Business of Shared Leadership, releases on February 25, 2020. My publisher, Post Hill Press recently launched the ‘coming soon’ sale site on Amazon. Check out the link and help me share it with others! It takes a community of followers to help a book and its message go viral. This book takes the reader on an adventure that stretches from the Navajo Nation in Arizona to Kiev, Ukraine. The journey uncovers seven lessons about the art of dispersed power and the benefits of shared leadership for organizations who wish to thrive in the 21st Century. I am looking forward to sharing the full story with you soon!

Governor Mills Nominates Individuals for Maine Indian Tribal-State Commission

May 31, 2019 by Kevin D Hancock
May 24, 2019 - PRESS RELEASE

Governor Janet Mills announced today that she has nominated six people to serve on the Maine Indian Tribal-State Commission. The Governor nominated John Cashwell, Robert Checkoway, James Cote, Kevin Hancock, former Senator Michael Pearson and former Senator Richard Rosen to serve on the Commission, an inter-governmental entity charged in part with reviewing the social, economic and legal relationship between Maine Tribes and the State.

“The Maine Indian-Tribal State Commission has the potential to improve and strengthen the relationship between the State and Maine Tribes,” said Governor Mills. “In nominating these qualified individuals, my Administration is taking a step forward in reinvigorating the Commission and empowering it to become a forum for substantive communication, problem solving, and...

Kevin Hancock Addresses the 'Elephant in the Room' at the DO MORE GOOD Conference

Kevin Hancock Addresses the 'Elephant in the Room' at the DO MORE GOOD Conference
May 20, 2019 by Kevin D Hancock
DO MORE GOOD by Kevin Hancock

“There is no power for change greater than a community discovering what it cares about.”- Margaret J. Wheatley

May 18, 2019: This past Friday I spoke in Lincoln, Nebraska at the DO MORE GOOD conference.  Don’t you love that title, DO MORE GOOD?!

Do More Good conference stage at the University of Nebraska Innovation Campus

The conference was held at the University of Nebraska Innovation Campus in the shadows of the giant Cornhusker football stadium.  It was an exciting opportunity for me because the event brought in some top business speakers from around the country.  Jay Cohen Gilbert, founder of the B Corporation movement, spoke.  So, too, did Rand Stagen, co-founder of the Conscious Capitalism movement.

The conference was a...

The Consequences of Overreaching

Mar 25, 2019 by Kevin D Hancock
The Wall Street Journal recently published this article titled, Fast-Tracked Aircraft Certification, Pushed by Boeing, Comes Under the Spotlight

My next book is about, in part, OVERREACHING, and how leaders often go too far and take too much…

One of the common paths of overreaching, I have concluded, is GOING TOO FAST…and cutting corners in the ZEST to get there.

Nearly every book on Custer’s last stand indicates that he was in a hurry for a victory because he wanted the news to reach the Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia before it ended.  His rush for glory led him to attack before he KNEW the situation he was entering. 

“We scouts thought there were too many Indians for Custer to fight…It was the biggest...

Pinky Clifford Receives National Award!

Mar 15, 2019 by Kevin D Hancock
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On March 28th in Washington D.C., my dear friend and NOT FOR SALE book star, Pinky Clifford, is receiving a distinguished award from the National Low Income Housing Coalition for her decades of work to bring home ownership opportunities to the people of the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation. I am very happy to see Pinky receive this recognition and I will be attending the ceremony in DC!

Celebrating today...

Jun 17, 2018 by Kevin D Hancock
Today is a day to celebrate all the good we have done as parents…and to forgive any transgressions…and to contemplate fresh starts when necessary. 

One great thing about life is no matter who you are or where you are there are always past events to be thankful for AND future chances to create something fresh and better.  We always have the choice of celebration, forgiveness, and renewal.  All three are part of a family experience I think. 

Family is all just a chance to learn, love, and grow.