Kevin D. Hancock


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...

Thank you for being you!



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

Just sharing this 3 minute 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.

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.

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!


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

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

Love to you!  Merry Christmas to all!





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 -

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 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

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?


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!

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:

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!


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!


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 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'.


"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 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...