Kevin D. Hancock

CEO | AUTHOR | SPEAKER

SELLING OUT FREEDOM

SELLING OUT FREEDOM
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
Click on the link below!

https://www.hancocklumber.com/blog/2019/03/15/pinkyclifford/

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. 

Kevin Hancock to speak at UMA

Kevin Hancock to speak at UMA
Nov 21, 2017 by Kevin D. Hancock
The University of Maine at Augusta and the Office of the Dean of Students have invited Kevin Hancock to speak about his experiences on the Pine Ridge Reservation as part of their recognition of Native American Heritage Month at the Augusta campus. This event is open to the public, and will be held from 12pm - 1pm on December 5th, at the UMA campus. The academic theme this year at The University of Maine at Augusta is TRUTH, and Kevin was asked to speak as they felt his experience and perspective would dovetail nicely with their exploration of this theme of TRUTH. The first 40 attendees will receive a FREE copy of Kevin's award-winning book, Not For Sale: Finding Center in the...

2017 SAGE Lecture Series

2017 SAGE Lecture Series
Sep 29, 2017 by Kevin D. Hancock
9/26/17 - This past Tuesday, Kevin Hancock was invited to speak at the University of Southern Maine in Portland as part of the SAGE lecture series. SAGE provides academic lecture and discussion programs chosen by its members, in topic areas such as history, culture, the arts, geography, anthropology, and science. Using University and community resources, the SAGE program provides a format in which enthusiastic learners can discover new realms of intellectual challenge and academic pursuit.



Kevin was met by an enthusiastic group of 80 lifelong learners interested in hearing his recent journey through the Land of Crazy Horse. For 2 hours, the group heard from Kevin, watched a video he made during his trip, and followed up with a great Q+A session....

Third Printed Edition of NOT FOR SALE - Finding Center in the Land of Crazy Horse launches!

Sep 20, 2017 by Kevin D. Hancock
Hello!  The third printed edition of NOT FOR SALE - Finding Center in the Land of Crazy Horse arrived from the publishing company today!

The book first launched in the fall of 2015 and we now have 6,000 copies sold or in distribution.

To celebrate, now through September 30th, we are having a big sale!  For every two books ordered, you will receive a third book free!  Order four copies and receive two free (and so on)!  Enter coupon code BUY2GET1FREE at checkout! Shipping during this period is also free and all books will be personalized and signed.  A single book is $20.

This new edition has an updated front and back cover, as well as some new inside cover material.  Simply go to www.kevindhancock.com and...

Maine InnKeepers Podcast Link

Aug 29, 2017 by Kevin D. Hancock
Hello!  I did a live Facebook podcast with the Maine Restaurant and Innkeepers Associations today!  On October 24th I am speaking at their 1st annual Maine Hospitality Summit (www.mainehospitalitysummit.com).

Here is a link to the podcast...: https://www.facebook.com/MaineInnkeepers/videos/10154577491767282/

At their conference we are going to be talking about leadership strategies for pushing power out from the corporate center and strengthening the voices of others.  The goal is to create an organization where everybody leads!

Check the podcast out and, if it speaks to you, pass it on!

Books can always be ordered at www.kevindhancock.com!  All orders placed on the site are signed and personalized!  $20 per book...free shipping!

On that note, we crossed a nice milestone recently passing 5,500 copies of NOT FOR SALE - FINDING CENTER...

Searching for Voices in the City of Music

May 07, 2017 by Kevin D. Hancock
I was blessed to be the key note speaker this weekend at the annual National Spasmodic Dysphonia Conference held, ironically this year, in the Music City of Nashville, TN.  People with broken voices from all over the world came to the city of beautiful voices to learn, connect and share their stories.  It was such a joy to share my story with the people gathered there.  

At the conclusion of my talk about searching for my own voice in the Land of Crazy Horse I shared three ideas...

The first was on the idea of leaders doing less not more...of leaders pushing power out instead of collecting it in...of a future where everybody shares the opportunity and responsibility of leadership.  I...

What unites us is more powerful than what divides us...

May 04, 2017 by Kevin D. Hancock
[youtube https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8wYXw4K0A3g]

Hello!  This is a great short (4:00 minute) video reminder about how we are all more alike than we are different.  The ideas that we think divide us are not as big as they appear…

Kevin Hancock  President / Hancock Lumber khancock@hancocklumber.com

Books available at www.kevindhancock.com

The Ten Virtues of Leadership for a Collaborative World

Mar 22, 2017 by Kevin D. Hancock
This short article is by a friend of mine…Larry Miller…a lean management consultant.  The article is titled The Ten Virtues of Leadership for a Collaborative World.  This is a quick but brilliant read and just had to share this with you.  I don't use the word 'brilliant' very often...but this article is briliant!

 I shared this with everyone at our company today and suggested that it describes Hancock Lumber’s real, modern day mission.  Our mission is not lumber, or logistics or even making money…our mission is trying to model a new paradigm for how people work together…

Below is a link to Larry's amazing post...

http://www.lmmiller.com/the-ten-virtues-of-leadership-for-a-collaborative-world/

Thank you for being you!

Kevin

 

Connecting Tribes!

Mar 14, 2017 by Kevin D. Hancock
I had the honor of being the dinner speaker tonight at Aetna's world-wide finance team leadership conference in Hartford, CT.  They had 400 of their finance leaders there from around the globe.  Aetna bought a copy of the book NOT FOR SALE for each attendee.  It was really fun to share the story of Pine Ridge and the story of Spasmodic Dysphonia and how both changed the way I thought about leadership with their team.  The theme of their conference was transformational leadership and thinking about new models for leadership that engage the members of the team more deeply!

Here is an excerpt from my talk..."We have been looking in the wrong place for purpose, power, meaning, opportunity and guidance all along.  Leadership does...

It takes adults to make the world too complicated...

Feb 15, 2017 by Kevin D. Hancock
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UCCb85TgeEU&feature=youtu.be

Just sharing this 3 minute video...no one in the video over 10 years old...could solve all the world's problems...

Humanizing "refugees"...makes the truth of what America should do easy to see...

Feb 09, 2017 by Kevin D. Hancock
Devils Tower, photographed by Kevin Hancock

Hello!  This video humanizes the Syrian refugee crisis.  Whenever you humanize a situation the truth surfaces.  President Trump's current position of distancing America from refugee challenges is the opposite of what should be done and who we are as a country.  

"Refugee" - a person who has been FORCED to leave their country in order to escape war, persecution, or natural disaster...

This video follows Mohammed Alsaleh and his work to help Syrian refugees in Vancouver.  He himself is a refugee...once tortured and imprisoned for wanting freedom for his people and country.

http://www.karmatube.org/videos.php?id=7434

Mohammed Alsaleh quotes... "My generation was dreaming about having freedom" (before 2011) "It's so normal now to open your computer and...

It always comes back to what WE do...

Feb 05, 2017 by Kevin D. Hancock
Hello!  I had this essay picked up as the OP-ED in the Maine Sunday Telegram Today.

http://www.pressherald.com/2017/02/05/maine-voices-americans-set-example-for-new-leader/

The world around us can be very mesmerizing and distracting but at the end of the day our path always comes back to what we each choose to do on a local level.  That's the 7th Power, the power of the individual spirit,  that lives within us all!  We are not defined by what others do or have done.  We are defined by what we do each day.

Thank you for being you and for staying connected!

Kevin

Spirit of Christmas

Dec 25, 2016 by Kevin D. Hancock
I have been saving this video for Christmas.  When you have 15 minutes you might enjoy this 60 Minutes segment on how love and ideas ended the 50 year old gorilla war in Columbia.  It's the best example I have seen of the new Aquarian paradigm of human engagement.

The New Columbia

http://www.cbsnews.com/news/60-minutes-colombia-after-civil-war-lara-logan/

More than Christmas is a day...it's an idea...

Love to you!  Merry Christmas to all!

Kevin

 

 

 

The Secret of Change

Dec 22, 2016 by Kevin D. Hancock
I saw this quote today.  It crystalized a thought I have had for some time for the people of Pine Ridge and the other reservation communities of the northern plains.  This quote also speaks to the one concern I have had surrounding the protests at Standing Rock.  More broadly, I think this quote is applicable to all humanity...

The secret of change is to focus all of your energy, not on fighting the old, but on building the new.

- Dan Millman -