Kevin D. Hancock

CEO | AUTHOR | SPEAKER

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,...

Author talk events and the value of book reviews!

Author talk events and the value of book reviews!
Mar 04, 2016 by Kevin D Hancock
On the shelf at the Portland Museum of Art Bookstore

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 now, or, the night of the event.

Copies can also be purchased at our newest bookstore in the Portland Museum of Art. While there, check out the amazing exhibit featuring the work of Edward Curtis, now through 5/29, featuring photographs he took while studying to write his book, The North American Indian. 

In the upcoming months,...

Organizations where EVERYONE leads!

Organizations where EVERYONE leads!
Feb 19, 2016 by Kevin D Hancock
http://www.hancocklumber.com/kevin-hancock-discusses-leadership-on-the-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.

I feel this idea is valuable to any organization whether it is a business, a church, a sports team or an Indian Reservation.  The last time the Lakota were powerful and independent, the individual was the center of the tribes strength.  Today, government is the center and the people have lost their voice.  When this is reversed, Pine Ridge will regain its strength and balance.

I hope you enjoy this podcast and find it relevant...

Exciting New Additions to the Website!

Feb 08, 2016 by Kevin D Hancock
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 New England and Dakotas regions and the number continues to grow! Just this week, we added The Book Review Bookstore in Falmouth, Maine to the list. Check out our new “Bookstores” tab to see a complete list of stores now selling the book!

In addition, we have been working to schedule a number of author events to create even more awareness about the book. Bridgton Books, The Good...

The Apology

Dec 22, 2015 by Kevin D Hancock
The entrance to one of the housing clusters in the village of Wounded Knee, modern day.

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 my pen...and began to write.  I wrote an apology.

Then I had another idea.  What if the apology went viral?  What if thousands upon thousands of people signed it and passed it on?

Please visit the apology I wrote at the following link:

http://www.seventhpower.org/the-apology/

From there you can sign on...

The Great Awakening - Transcending Tribalism

Dec 20, 2015 by Kevin D Hancock
"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 time in human history when tribalism was necessary for survival.  Today, tribalism is what often threatens survival.  How ironic!

I wonder who see this among the world's leaders today?  For many who hold power, there must be fear in the notion of tribal integration...of connecting more deeply with people from away.  The entire dogma of most tribes is built upon the need to stay separated.  The power construct of...

Tribalism

Dec 07, 2015 by Kevin D Hancock
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 what makes us different is respected."

The Aga Khan was speaking of the relationship between the Christian and Muslim worlds but I also immediately thought of Pine Ridge.

I think that this cuts to the heart of the challenge for the Sioux reservations of the northern plains.  On the one hand there is a desire for greater economic and social connectivity, inclusion and integration.  On the other hand,...

What if we slowed down?

Dec 04, 2015 by Kevin D Hancock
Hello!  I want to share this short essay by Sophie Gregoire that my daughter Abby shared with me this morning!

http://www.rebellesociety.com/2015/11/23/what-if-we-slowed-down/

The old abandoned buildings of the northern plains slowly make their circle back into the earth.

We are the truth we seek to know!

Nov 25, 2015 by Kevin D Hancock
The single wild flower I study, while lying on my stomach that morning on the hilltop above the trading post. The closer I look, the more I see.

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 it.

“For a long time I’ve had a bit of an obsession with coming home. Not my physical home, but HOME with a capital H. Being with myself. Knowing who I was. Leaning back into me and having...

Habitat For Humanity - Annual Raise the Roof Gala

Nov 21, 2015 by Kevin D Hancock
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 roles.  Their voices are strong!

I suggested Wednesday night that the Aquarian Age is going to be about a transition from institutions holding the power to individuals holding the power.  Organizations that celebrate the individual are going to attract people and support.  Organizations that resist sharing power are going to lose ground.

Habitat for Humanity is an orgainzation that strengthens the voices of others.  In doing so,...

Bethel Sawmill - Book Day!

Nov 18, 2015 by Kevin D Hancock
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 hours!

I wanted to do that as a show of respect.  I never want people at Hancock Lumber to feel like they are only wanted for their physical work.  I want every person to feel important for their ideas and opinions.  That's really what my book stands for...strengthening voices...at home and at Pine Ridge!

Spreading the word!

Spreading the word!
Nov 17, 2015 by Kevin D Hancock
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 mill in Bethel.  Every voice matters!  In addition, we are hosting a group of medical professionals from Central Maine Health Care at the mill today.  We are sharing lean strategies for making the voices of employees and customers stronger in health care and manufacturing.  I am giving them all a copy of the book!

The word is spreading!  In the end, it's all one tribe!

Balance

Nov 16, 2015 by Kevin D Hancock
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 fall out of balance if the needs of certain groups of individuals within the organization are neglected or excluded.  It takes every member of the tribe to achieve optimal balance in a community (be it a reservation, a company, a state, a nation or a planet).

https://www.youtube.com/embed/ysa5OBhXz-Q?feature=player_embedded

Mitakuye Oyasin ("All things are one thing."  "We are all related.")

1st Library Event & Book Signing

Oct 02, 2015 by Kevin D Hancock
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 discussion about my book and the themes that it plays off.

My book is about strengthening voices.  I talked about my voice disorder and the calling it has come to represent for me to help strengthen the voices of others.  At Hancock Lumber, that translates into a desire to create a company where everyone leads...where everyone feels heard and valued.  At Pine Ridge, it translates into encouraging...