Kevin Hancock to speak at UMA (11/21/2017) - 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 … Continue reading Kevin Hancock to speak at UMA
2017 SAGE Lecture Series (9/29/2017) - 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 … Continue reading 2017 SAGE Lecture Series
Third Printed Edition of NOT FOR SALE – Finding Center in the Land of Crazy Horse launches! (9/20/2017) - 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 … Continue reading Third Printed Edition of NOT FOR SALE – Finding Center in the Land of Crazy Horse launches!
Maine InnKeepers Podcast Link (8/29/2017) - 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 … Continue reading Maine InnKeepers Podcast Link
Searching for Voices in the City of Music (5/7/2017) - 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 … Continue reading Searching for Voices in the City of Music
What unites us is more powerful than what divides us… (5/4/2017) - 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 Books available at
The Ten Virtues of Leadership for a Collaborative World (3/22/2017) - 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 … Continue reading The Ten Virtues of Leadership for a Collaborative World
Connecting Tribes! (3/15/2017) - 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 … Continue reading Connecting Tribes!
It takes adults to make the world too complicated… (2/15/2017) - 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… (2/9/2017) - 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 … Continue reading Humanizing “refugees”…makes the truth of what America should do easy to see…
It always comes back to what WE do… (2/5/2017) - Hello!  I had this essay picked up as the OP-ED in the Maine Sunday Telegram Today. 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 … Continue reading It always comes back to what WE do…
Spirit of Christmas (12/25/2016) - 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 More than … Continue reading Spirit of Christmas
The Secret of Change (12/22/2016) - 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 … Continue reading The Secret of Change
The Gift of Ideas (12/18/2016) - I participated in a small leadership workshop recently where there goal was simple…acquiring a piece of new learning…putting an idea in your head that had not been there before.  The program was a reminder that growth is an intentional act…you have to be looking for new ideas, wanting to think differently. It all reminded me … Continue reading The Gift of Ideas
Holiday Book Sale! (12/6/2016) - Kevin Hancock’s award-winning book, Not For Sale: Finding Center in the Land of Crazy Horse, on sale for $20/each with FREE shipping, or, BUY 3 GET 1 FREE! Now through 12/31/16. Get your newly released 2nd edition copy with new cover & pictures, signed by the author for the perfect holiday gift! Enter coupon code: … Continue reading Holiday Book Sale!
This is Phyllis Young, leader of the Dakota pipeline protest (11/2/2016) - This is Phyllis Young, leader of the Dakota pipeline protest. We were together for 2.5 days non-stop as speakers at Kansas State U. I could give her speech and she could give mine. We agree on some issues and see many other issues differently…but we left UNDERSTANDING each other, seeing our common ground and humanity. … Continue reading This is Phyllis Young, leader of the Dakota pipeline protest
The 7th Power… (10/6/2016) - Hello!  I wanted to share this passage below from a daily reading web-site I subscribe to because it offers a powerful description of the 7th Power…how easily it can be lost…and, therefore, how easily it can be found… “One of the most common ways in which we imprison ourselves is by comparing ourselves to others … Continue reading The 7th Power…
More Awareness & Connectivity…Less Judging and Fixing (9/8/2016) - Before 7 AM the streets of Boston belong to the runners and the homeless.  This man was sleeping on a bench in Copley Square early this morning holding a small America flag.  I walked past him, like everyone does…but could not get him off my mind.  So I circled back.  I didn’t decide lightly to … Continue reading More Awareness & Connectivity…Less Judging and Fixing
2016 Independent Author Network Award Winner: Religion and Spirituality Book of the Year! (8/17/2016) - Not For Sale: Finding Center in the Land of Crazy Horse has been selected by the 2016 Independent Author Network Book of the Year Awards as a winner in the “Religion and Spirituality” category! The IAN category winners are now submitted for the Book of the Year Award and will be announced on September 1st.  The IAN … Continue reading 2016 Independent Author Network Award Winner: Religion and Spirituality Book of the Year!
E-Book Now Available on Kindle! (7/29/2016) - Yesterday, NOT FOR SALE – FINDING CENTER IN THE LAND OF CRAZY HORSE  launched it’s e-book on Kindle! The e-book is a unique digital experience with all the color and pictures of the printed version!
Global Radio Tour Begins! (7/27/2016) - My book, NOT FOR SALE – FINDING CENTER IN THE LAND OF CRAZY HORSE  began its global radio tour this morning LIVE on the Kathryn Zox show.  Her show broadcasts live on “Voice America/World Talk Radio” every Wednesday at 10 AM EST. My segment opened today’s show…which you can listed to via the following link: reading Global Radio Tour Begins!
Pictures from Pine Ridge (just got back)! (7/1/2016) - Hello!  I wanted to make my most recent pictures from Pine Ridge available!  I just returned from visit #9.  The book is gaining traction on the Rez and northern plains, which makes me happy!  I also keep expanding my circle…going deeper with existing friends and making new ones! AWARENESS + CONNECTIVITY = RECONCILIATION That is … Continue reading Pictures from Pine Ridge (just got back)!
Sunset Above Singing Horse (AKA…I know why cowboys wear pants) (6/24/2016) - First the humor of it all: I know why coboys wear pants.  I just keep forgetting. Everytime I walk up onto the rolling hills and grasslands above the Singing Horse Trading Post in shorts…I remember. I just spent the last 20 minutes picking tiny, tiny prickers out of my shins and ankles! One a more … Continue reading Sunset Above Singing Horse (AKA…I know why cowboys wear pants)
People Are People! (6/17/2016) - Yesterday was on of my favorite days on book tour!  I spent the morning at the Maine Correctional Center in Windham.  I did a one hour book talk and visited with 20 men who live there.  Then we moved over to the women’s correctional center and did a one hour talk with 8 women there. … Continue reading People Are People!
Kevin is headed back to Pine Ridge! (6/15/2016) - Kevin is headed back to Pine Ridge! On Wednesday June 22nd from 1-3pm, Kevin will make his first stop of the trip at the Devil’s Tower National Monument where he will be on hand to sign books and personally discuss his story with people who are visiting one of the many locations he writes about in his book! Not … Continue reading Kevin is headed back to Pine Ridge!
It is time! (5/30/2016) - First, I want to share a link to the Muskie Access to Justice Award dinner, held here in Maine on May 25, 2016.  The event was a celebration of what I suggested that night was the single most important idea in human history: “equal access to justice for all”.  An idea so delicate that constant … Continue reading It is time!
Connectivity (5/19/2016) - “Attention is the rarest & purest form of generosity.” – Simone Weil I want to start with something funny.  One thing I love about Pine Ridge is the powerful sense of humor and playfulness that lives in the hearts of the people there.  I recently gave a small amount of money to a friend from … Continue reading Connectivity
Momentum is Building! (5/9/2016) - Hello!  Just sharing a couple of exciting updates. First, we recently learned that our book NOT FOR SALE – Finding Center in the Land of Crazy Horse won a national award for independent book excellence!  Specifically, the book was selected by the National Indie Excellence Awards (NIEA) (based in Los Angeles) as THE 2016 winner in … Continue reading Momentum is Building!
Mark Your Calendars for the month of May! (4/29/2016) - Mark your calendars! May is a busy month and full of a variety of opportunities to listen to Kevin speak about this about his book and the lessons he learned and applied during his time on the Pine Ridge reservation. Here is a schedule of events: Friday 5/6 12:30-2pm: Architects of Tomorrow event at the East … Continue reading Mark Your Calendars for the month of May!
Sign Our Online Pledge! (3/25/2016) - On the cusp of this great opportunity to share an article recently published in the New York Times about Kevin and his book, A Lumber Executive Loses His Voice and Finds Balance, we wanted to share something else too! A few months back, Kevin shared an excerpt from his book of a written apology to the people … Continue reading Sign Our Online Pledge!
The idea is everywhere! (3/23/2016) - The town of Casco, where I live, has one traffic light.  It only blinks, never turning fully red.  Two buildings down from the old, red Hancock Lumber office on Pleasant Lake is the Casco Village Variety store.  I go there most every day. Inside the store, to the left of the door, is a small … Continue reading The idea is everywhere!
New York Times Features Kevin Hancock! (3/10/2016) - The New York Times features Kevin Hancock in their March 9th online article titled, “A Lumber Executive Loses His Voice and Finds Balance”.Writer Jennifer Van Allen recounts the past decade and Kevin’s journey – how losing his voice led to a series of unexpected events, ultimately helping Kevin redefine his role as CEO and share power more broadly … Continue reading New York Times Features Kevin Hancock!
Author talk events and the value of book reviews! (3/4/2016) - Looking for something fun to do next week? Pick up a copy of Not For Sale: Finding Center in the Land of Crazy Horse and join us at the Bridgton Public Library on Tuesday, 3/8 from 4-6pm when Kevin Hancock will be on hand to discuss his book and sign copies! Books are for sale at the library … Continue reading Author talk events and the value of book reviews!
Organizations where EVERYONE leads! (2/19/2016) - Kevin Hancock Discusses Leadership on HR Power Hour I recently appeared on the “HR Power Hour” radio show on WLOB news & talk.  During the show I spoke about creating a work culture where EVERY VOICE MATTERS.  Organizations where everyone leads and feels heard will outperform those where just a few hold all the power. … Continue reading Organizations where EVERYONE leads!
Exciting New Additions to the Website! (2/8/2016) - Exciting things are happening as we continue to spread the word about Not For Sale: Finding Center in the Land of Crazy Horse! We are excited to share these updates with you, and share with you some recently added sections to our website!   The book is currently being sold in 17 bookstores in the … Continue reading Exciting New Additions to the Website!
The Apology (12/22/2015) - I was driving through the Black Hills after my second trip to the Pine Ridge Reservation when the idea hit me.  AWARENESS, in and of itself, is a powerful act.  More government programs won’t change Pine Ridge.  What is needed is a sincere, thoughtful apology; recognition of what happened.  So I grabbed my journal…took out … Continue reading The Apology
The Great Awakening – Transcending Tribalism (12/20/2015) - “Now you can see today why the world is in trouble.  What is the social field today?  The social field is the planet, and there isn’t a single system of action that has to do with the planet.  They all have to do with one interest group or another.” – Joseph Campbell There was a … Continue reading The Great Awakening – Transcending Tribalism
Tribalism (12/7/2015) - The Aga Khan is the spiritual leader of Shia Ismaili Muslims worldwide.  He spoke recently at Harvard University about tribalism.  The Associated Press summarized his speach as follows: “He said globalization should not mean the creation of a single, homogenized society where all differences are erased, but one where what we have in common and … Continue reading Tribalism
What if we slowed down? (12/4/2015) - Hello!  I want to share this short essay by Sophie Gregoire that my daughter Abby shared with me this morning! What If We Slowed Down?
We are the truth we seek to know! (11/25/2015) - To all my Pine Ridge friends –           This quote reminds me of Pine Ridge…it reminds me of Casco, Maine…it reminds me of planet earth…it reminds me of being human.  We are all one tribe and we are the truth we seek to know…     Why We Struggle to find ourselves and How to do … Continue reading We are the truth we seek to know!
Habitat For Humanity – Annual Raise the Roof Gala (11/21/2015) - On Wednesday I spoke at the Habitat for Humanity of Greater Portland annual “Raise the Roof Gala”.  I enjoyed this opportunity becasue Habitat for Humanity is modeling the way for organizational effectiveness.  Habitat for Humanity celebrates the power of the individual spirit.  The volunteers and homeowners who are part of the organization are given important … Continue reading Habitat For Humanity – Annual Raise the Roof Gala
Bethel Sawmill – Book Day! (11/18/2015) - I spent the day at our sawmill in Bethel, Maine yesterday.  At the end of the work day, I gave each of the 103 people who work there a copy of my book, NOT FOR SALE – Finding Center in the Land of Crazy Horse! The day before I had personalized each book…took almost 3 … Continue reading Bethel Sawmill – Book Day!
Spreading the word! (11/17/2015) - Sunday, I did a book talk at the Casco Library (my hometown library)!  1/2 of my former english teachers were there! That was a little overwhelming!  Sold 20 books. Yesterday we shipped 12 books from on-line orders to 7 different states! Today I am giving a book to all 103 people who work at our … Continue reading Spreading the word!
Balance (11/16/2015) - I want to share this great, short video.  It summarizes what happened in just 20 years after wolves were reintroduced to the Yellowstone ecosystem.  This story reinforces the Lakota view of the interconnectedness of all living creatures.  Balance is nature’s optimal state.  This also makes me think of human organizations and how easily they can … Continue reading Balance
1st Library Event & Book Signing (10/2/2015) - I had my first library event and book signing last evening at the Harrison Public Library!  It was great to see how vibrant libraries are reinventing themselves! There were 20 people there.  We sold 14 books.  Most refresing was the notion of an evening of discussion…a bit of a lost venue.  No television…no internet…instead a … Continue reading 1st Library Event & Book Signing
Spreading the word! (10/1/2015) - The book is off the a strong start and this makes me happy!  This past weekend was Native American Sunday at UCC churches across America.  I was invited to give the sermon at our church in Casco and it gave me a chance to speak about Pine Ridge.  The UCC (globally) has repudiated the Doctrine … Continue reading Spreading the word!
Thankful! (9/12/2015) - So my book launched this week!  It has been great fun to share the story!  This picture is from my office in Casco where I stacked books for shipment to all the people who helped make the project possible!  All the great characters in my book from Pine Ridge received copies.  I am thankful to … Continue reading Thankful!
The book has launched!!!! (9/4/2015) - The book has arrived and is officially for sale!  I am excited to share this story and help increase awareness and connectivity for Pine Ridge. Books are currently for sale online at  You can click the yellow BUY NOW button to the right of this post.  All books ordered on my web site will … Continue reading The book has launched!!!!
Best Place to Work in Maine! (8/11/2015) - Hancock Lumber was recently selected as a “BEST PLACE TO WORK IN MAINE” for the second year in a row!  This is an extremely difficult award to achieve.  The criteria is based on confidential employee surveys in which the vast majority of respondents describe themselves as being “Highly Engaged” in their workplace. Since I lost … Continue reading Best Place to Work in Maine!
Thunder Valley (7/28/2015) - Thunder Valley is a Lakota founded and managed non-profit at Pine Ridge that promotes economic independence through traditional values.  They are beginning construction this summer on one of the largest housing developments in the modern history of the reservation.  Nick Tilsen, the executive director, is one of my best friends at Pine Ridge and a … Continue reading Thunder Valley

2 thoughts on “Blog

  1. Hi Kevin, I have just finished your book, while recuperating from a hip injury. The timing was perfect, and I really related to your spiritual journey. I wonder if there’s any way to privately email you? If this is possible maybe you could email me your permission? In any event, I learned a lot from reading your book and wanted to thank you for sharing. Sincerely,
    Joyce Berk

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