Kevin D. Hancock

CEO | AUTHOR | SPEAKER

The Gift of Ideas

Dec 18, 2016 by Kevin D. Hancock
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 of the vision-quest rite of the Sioux.  I have studied that rite and come to believe that the biggest step in the vision-quest process is the first one...seeking.  "The spirits will meet you half way," as the Lakota say.

Over a year after my book, NOT FOR SALE, launched I am still sharing and acquiring ideas connected to that story.  Below is a link to a talk I recently...

Holiday Book Sale!

Holiday Book Sale!
Dec 06, 2016 by Kevin D. Hancock
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: BUY3GET1FREE at checkout!

“I read Not For Sale: Finding Center in the Land of Crazy Horse in record time. I simply couldn’t put the book down. Kevin Hancock’s courage in laying out his vision quest so beautifully and humbly is a true inspiration. It is my hope that all business leaders will heed the message that it is possible to care for our souls and our businesses simultaneously....

This is Phyllis Young, leader of the Dakota pipeline protest

Nov 02, 2016 by Kevin D. Hancock
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The 7th Power...

Oct 06, 2016 by Kevin D. Hancock
The sign in front of this housing cluster at Wounded Knee symbolizes the longstanding ineffectiveness of government at Pine Ridge.

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 and, upon finding our situation inferior, placing blame — on circumstances that we feel are unfair, on the people we believe are responsible for those circumstances, or on some abstract element of fate we think is at play. The self-defeating catch is that...

More Awareness & Connectivity...Less Judging and Fixing

Sep 08, 2016 by Kevin D. Hancock
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 take his picture but I could not resist.  I wanted to share his presence.

I think we have become de-sensitized to what's disturbing around us.  People walk by this man all day and make sure not to look...but he is still there.  I wonder why we don't want to look too long or think too deeply about someone is those shoes.  What scares us about that?

I...

2016 Independent Author Network Award Winner: Religion and Spirituality Book of the Year!

2016 Independent Author Network Award Winner: Religion and Spirituality Book of the Year!
Aug 17, 2016 by Kevin D. Hancock
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 Book of the Year Awards in an annual contest open to all authors who are self published, or published by independent publishers (small, medium or otherwise). Click Here to read more about the award!

For updated information and lots of new press coverage, or to listen to radio interviews from Kevin's Radio Media Tour, visit our Related Links page!

E-Book Now Available on Kindle!

Jul 29, 2016 by Kevin D. Hancock
Yesterday, NOT FOR SALE - FINDING CENTER IN THE LAND OF CRAZY HORSE  launched it's e-book on Kindle!

https://www.amazon.com/Not-Sale-Finding-Center-Crazy-ebook/dp/B01J95KZ2O/ref=sr_1_8?s=digital-text&ie=UTF8&qid=1469801110&sr=1-8&keywords=not+for+sale

The e-book is a unique digital experience with all the color and pictures of the printed version!

Global Radio Tour Begins!

Global Radio Tour Begins!
Jul 27, 2016 by Kevin D. Hancock
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:

http://www.voiceamerica.com/episode/93687/the-kathryn-zox-show

The book received this radio tour as a result of winning the 2016 National Indie Excellence Award for independent books!  I want to thank NIEA for helping to give my book and story this "voice"!  In addition, it does make me laugh to know that the guy who wrote a book about losing his voice wins a RADIO tour as a prize!  Haha!

This is the first of approximately...

Pictures from Pine Ridge (just got back)!

Jul 01, 2016 by Kevin D. Hancock
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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 the formula...I feel...for transcending the deep, deep wounds.  Therefore anything you do to share this post...share past posts...or promote the book...contributes to the power of that circle.  We all belong to the same Tribe! Love!

Kevin

Sunset Above Singing Horse (AKA...I know why cowboys wear pants)

Jun 23, 2016 by Kevin D. Hancock
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 thoughtful note...here is an excerpt from my newest Pine Ridge journal...written less than an hour ago on the ridge line above the Singing Horse Trading Post just north of Manderson.  No judging it...the words just flow off my pen here sometimes...pure as snow, without really thinking about ego terms like 'quality'.

EXCERPT:

"I am so still and grounded right now.  There is no need to move.

I am planted in the earth,...

People Are People!

Jun 17, 2016 by Kevin D. Hancock
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.  At the conclusion I donated 28 books...one for each participant to read.

The event was voluntary so only resident inmates who wanted to attend were present, BUT I was SO IMPRESSED with the people who were there.

They were interested, attentive and had lots of good comments, questions and perspectives.  They appreciated being respected as thinkers...that someone would come speak with them and share ideas.

The event on...

Kevin is headed back to Pine Ridge!

Jun 15, 2016 by Kevin D. Hancock
Devil's Tower, photographed by Kevin Hancock

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 For Sale: Finding Center in the Land of Crazy Horse is a unique iconoclastic memoir that traces one businessman’s journey deep into Indian country, and even deeper into his own soul. In a corporate world hallmarked by the never-ending quest for bigger, better, more, this CEO of one of America’s oldest family businesses contemplates an organizational structure where...

It is time!

May 30, 2016 by Kevin D. Hancock
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 vigilance is required.  An idea difficult to achieve but worthy of pursuit. Kevin Hancock Honored Muskie Access to Justice Award

The event also was another small step in advancing CONNECTIVITY, AWARENESS & RECONCILIATION for Pine Ridge, and other Indian reservations globally.  Pine Ridge was reference repeatedly that night to an audience in Maine that otherwise might not be exposed to a story that is still unfolding.  Columbus...

Connectivity

May 19, 2016 by Kevin D. Hancock
"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 Pine Ridge.  As soon as she received the money she sent me the following text:  "OMG!  Wopila Tanka (big thanks)!  I am going to repay you as soon as we get the Black Hills back!"

I laughed all day from that one message!

I also wanted to share with you that my book (NOT FOR SALE - Finding Center in the Land of Crazy Horse) won another award from...

Momentum is Building!

May 09, 2016 by Kevin D. Hancock
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 the "Leadership" book category.  The book was also one of only three finalists in the "Spirituality" category.  You can learn more at www.indieexcellence.com.

Second, our book was picked up by the National Grasslands Visitors Center in Wall, South Dakota! (http://www.blackhillsbadlands.com/parks-monuments/buffalo-gap-national-grassland) The book will soon be "for sale" there and is already for sale at Devils Tower National Monument!

We have nearly sold out our first printing.  The book's...

Video of Kevin's Maine Live presentation now posted online

Video of Kevin's Maine Live presentation now posted online
Apr 30, 2016 by Kevin D. Hancock
Videos now available online! At the 2nd Annual Maine Live on March 24th, 14 speakers shared their stories of integrity, tenacity, and courage. For Kevin Hancock, CEO of Hancock Lumber Company, that story is about losing his voice to a rare neurological disorder and then finding it again after spending time on the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation. There, he learned an important lesson about power and the individual.“What if we could create an organization where everybody led?Where every voice felt heard, respected, valued, trusted, and empowered?” Watch now. In addition to Kevin’s message above, here are a few of our favorite reflections from the day: (click here to watch any or all 14 speaker presentations) Mark Bessire | Portland Museum of Art:...

Mark Your Calendars for the month of May!

Apr 29, 2016 by Kevin D. Hancock
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 Auburn Baptist Church. Kevin will be the keynote speaker for this year's event, Architects of Tomorrow: Build leaders within your organization. Join us to learn what is takes to become a strong leader who defines the path, clarifies the direction, leads the team and executes the vision. Register today by emailing lallen@auburnmaine.gov; $99 Registration, lunch and conference materials included. Thursday 5/12 6:30-7:30pm: Author talk & book signing at...

Sign Our Online Pledge!

Sign Our Online Pledge!
Mar 25, 2016 by Kevin D. Hancock
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 of Pine Ridge that both recognized, and apologized for what happened. We were excited to see that almost 500 people felt the same way and were willing to sign our online pledge!

It is our hope that you will continue to share this excerpt with the people around you, because as it was said before, awareness, in and of itself, is a powerful act.

Please visit the apology written...

The idea is everywhere!

Mar 23, 2016 by Kevin D. Hancock
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 white marker board where Evelyn, the owner, posts a quote each morning.  The short messages are so good that I have started going in to read them even if I don't really need anything from the store.

This morning's quote reads:

"Lend yourself to others, but give yourself to yourself."

That one sentence is the essence of my book NOT FOR SALE.    (took me 500 pages to say it!!!!)

Long...

New York Times Features Kevin Hancock!

New York Times Features Kevin Hancock!
Mar 09, 2016 by Kevin D. Hancock
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 within the 6th generation, family-owned organization led by its 458 employees. Anyone interested in learning more about leadership, opening oneself up to new ideas and experiences, and living beyond the definition of  “roles” should take a look at this article and learn more about Kevin’s book. What a day when the New York Times features your story! It is an honor to share these opportunities and lessons beyond the state,...