Kevin D. Hancock


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. 

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 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 (

Here is a link to the podcast...:

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!  All orders placed on the site are signed and personalized!  $20 per 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

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

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