Kevin D. Hancock

CEO | AUTHOR | SPEAKER

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).

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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...

Spreading the word!

Spreading the word!
Oct 01, 2015 by Kevin D Hancock
Colors, movement, drums and chants all merge as the energy of the opening ceremony fills the pow-wow grounds. it was a very emotional experience for me.

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 of Discovery.  The Doctrine began as a 15th century papal edict that gave European Christian explorers the "authority" to claim foreign lands they "discovered" for their Christian monarchs, so long as the native peoples were not...

Thankful!

Thankful!
Sep 12, 2015 by Kevin D Hancock
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 everyone who participated in the project!  Wopila Tanka! The book is available on Amazon and in bookstores across Maine!  The book is also available at the Singing Horse Trading Post on the reservation.  All copies ordered on our website (www.kevindhancock.com) will be autographed! The Lakota have a saying, "Mitakuye Oyasin", which means "we are all related".  This book is about seeing the planet for the single tribe...

The book has launched!!!!

The book has launched!!!!
Sep 04, 2015 by Kevin D Hancock
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 www.kevindhancock.com.  You can click the yellow BUY NOW button to the right of this post.  All books ordered on my web site will be signed!

Books are also available on Amazon.com.

The following retailers in Maine are currently selling the book: Bridgton Books Casco Village Variety MirarBella Salon Bowdoin College Bookstore Gulf of Maine Books (Brunswick) Longfellow Books (Portland) Stay tuned for more store openings soon!

Help me spread the word!  Wopila Tanka!

Kevin

Best Place to Work in Maine!

Aug 11, 2015 by Kevin D Hancock
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 the partial use of my voice to Spasmodic Dysphonia in 2010, I have found myself listening more, talking less, and seeking to strengthen the voices of others.  An organization where EVERYONE leads is stronger than one in which just a few lead. Pine Ridge is an example of this.  In the old days, when the Lakota were strong, the role of central government was very...

Thunder Valley

Jul 28, 2015 by Kevin D Hancock
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 leading character in my book.  The following link will give you a GREAT glimpse of life at Pine Ridge and the amazing spirit of the people who live there! http://youtu.be/-6aBQ09SjNI

Off to the printer!

Jul 24, 2015 by Kevin D Hancock
I made the first journal entry, that would become the basis for this book, on Sunday October 28, 2012 on a flight from Chicago to Rapid City.  A short while later, my now close friend (and tribal member), "Pinky" Clifford met me at baggage claim and hosted my first visit to the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation.

Today, July 24, 2015, we sent the book (NOT FOR SALE) to the printer in Illinois!  In about five weeks we will be signing and shipping copies!  The book contains 200 original color photos that follow the story of my experiences in the Land of Crazy Horse.  I have a quiet peace about me as this book completes its circle...

Wopila Tanka to all my friends...

NOT FORGOTTEN

May 29, 2015 by Kevin D Hancock
I spoke today at the annual Maine Youth Leadership Conference (MYL) (www.maineyouthleadership.org). MYL is one of my favorite organizations.  Each year it brings 10th grade “ambassadors” from every high school in Maine to come together for a program of leadership development, social tolerance and personal exploration.  For the past two years I have given the Friday morning talk to the group, during which I have shared my learnings and adventures at the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation in South Dakota. My talk explores five themes:

Overreaching. Those who hold the power in organizations often over reach.  They go too far.  Overreaching has consequences.  The conquest of the tribes of the Great Plains during America’s western expansion is one such example (from which there are...

Not For Sale May 2014

Jul 10, 2014 by Kevin D Hancock
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My Morning Commute at Pine Ridge

My Morning Commute at Pine Ridge
Jan 31, 2014 by Kevin D Hancock
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Pine Ridge Update

Dec 16, 2013 by Kevin D Hancock
In the fall of 2012 I made my first visit to the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation in South Dakota just to see what modern day life was like for the people who lived there.  What I experienced during that initial visit fascinated me.  It called out to a spirit deep within me.  I was not expecting the experience to be so powerful, but it was.  I have since been back four times and have many friends there now.  In the process…I have donated materials to build a new home there…hunted a buffalo and brought the meat to Pine Ridge to share with the tribe...launched a non-profit organization called “The Seventh Power”…and… I am now writing a book about my adventures...

Full Circle (Me and Pine Ridge)

Full Circle (Me and Pine Ridge)
Nov 07, 2013 by Kevin D Hancock
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In the fall of 2013 I returned to Pine Ridge for the 4th time… during this trip I hunted buffalo in Wyoming… rented a truck… brought the meat to the REZ… shared it with the people… walked the grasslands… worked on housing issues… celebrated Halloween… recorded stories from an elder… traveled north to former tribal lands… had a vision quest there… walked the wagon tracks of the Oregon Trail… stood alone at Forts Fetterman and Laramie where treaties were made… then broken… then fought over… drove to Denver in a snowstorm… gave thanks for my family… learned that the Great Spirit forms a circle… and that the sacred number is four…

Let The Wind Blow Through You (Me and Pine Ridge continued)

Oct 29, 2013 by Kevin D Hancock
I am writing a book about the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation in South Dakota and the people of Oglala Sioux Tribe who live there.  Along the way I enjoy sharing my experiences through pictures I have taken.  This video follows my third visit to the Reservation where I; participated in a dedication ceremony for a new house that was built from materials our company (Hancock Lumber) donated, attend Pow-Wow and the annual rodeo, visited Black Elk's abandoned cabin and traveled to the Black Hills to climb Harney Peak where I gave a prayer in honor of Black Elk and the Lakota people.

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I encourage you to read the book 'Black Elk Speaks' and stay posted for my book coming in...

The Pine Ridge Story - 6 minute video

Oct 18, 2013 by Kevin D Hancock
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For the past 12 months I have been spending time on the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation in the southwest corner of South Dakota. “The Rez” as those who live there call it, is home to the Oglala Sioux Tribe. The tribe has a rich history as they are the descendants of Red Cloud, Spotted Tail, Crazy Horse, Black Elk and other famous Sioux leaders. The Oglala Sioux were leaders in Battle at Little Big Horn in 1876 and the famous massacre site at Wounded Knee is located on their reservation. They belong to the Lakota band of Sioux Indians who, as late as the 1870’s controlled a vast territory stretching from the Missouri River to the Big Horn Mountains....

An Employee Led Company

Oct 02, 2013 by Kevin D Hancock
The Maine based construction company Cianbro has a sign up on their conference room in Pittsfield that simply reads, “No one in this room is smarter than all of us.” Another quote I like is, “If both of us always agree, one of us isn’t necessary.”Back in April I toured every location to sit in on employee focus groups. At each mill and store I sit with 8-9 employees and hear their thoughts on their work experience at Hancock Lumber. I really am interested in people’s perspectives on our company. I describe these sessions as ‘No Judgment Zone’ discussions. I think we can all spend too much time evaluating people’s views to determine if they are ‘right’ or ‘wrong’ instead...