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My new book - The Seventh Power - releases today!
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Sending copies of The Seventh Power to Ukraine today!
Here are the opening two sentences of the chapter:
"The odds that Hanna Sirois would survive the winter of 1932 in the Ukraine and live to see her eighth birthday were too small to calculate. Her parents were dead. Her younger brother and sister were dead, and were it not for her nine-year-old sister, Marina, Hanna herself never would have survived."
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The Social Impactors
Exciting surprise shipment today at the Hancock Lumber home office...
When I first acquired my voice disorder in 2010 I had no idea it was bringing me down this path of dispersed power, shared leadership and giving strength to the voices of others. When I first began traveling to the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation I had no idea that not one but two books were in the making.
Today it all seems so clear. The first step in finding your voice is losing it...
So now I have my advanced copies. Hardcover with a beautiful jacket. My dear friend Kourtney McLean was the original designer of that cover!
Follow this link to order your copy now for shipment February 25th! Thank you for being interested in my work, this book, and the message of celebrating all voices!
I'm excited to share that my new book is now available for pre-order: The Seventh Power: One CEO's Journey into the Business of Shared Leadership
My upcoming book, THE SEVENTH POWER – ONE CEO’S JOURNEY INTO THE BUSINESS OF SHARED LEADERSHIP, releases for sale 5 weeks from tomorrow (Feb. 25)! The book is being published by Post Hill Press and distributed by Simon and Schuster. Here’s a sneak look at the copy for the inside jacket cover of the book:
Check out my recent TEDxDirigo Talk: The Business of Shared Leadership – A CEO’s Quest to Disperse Power
Hello! I had the lovely opportunity to give a talk recently at the 2019 TedX Dirigo event in Portland, Maine titled “The Business of Shared Leadership – A CEO’s Quest to Disperse Power.” The Ted Talk video just released a few days before Christmas and I am excited to share it with you now. The entire day was inspiring. There are so many great leadership stories right here in Maine!
The event took place at the Innovation Center on the UNE Campus in Portland. The event hall was sold out. A large portion of those in attendance were young people and I was happy to give a talk about a new mission for business focused first on the employee experience and dedicated to helping every member of the team find their true voice. In this model, profit becomes the outcome of a higher calling.
The other night I turned on the news to get an update on the impeachment hearings. I deliberately watched fifteen minutes of MSNBC and fifteen minutes of Fox News. The hosts on both stations employed the same tactic: MSNBC took the weakest Republican moments from the entire day and magnified them. Fox took the weakest Democratic moments from the entire day and magnified them. If I only watched one channel and not the other, my information would have been highly skewed.
I personally do not see impeachment (or any part of America, for that matter) through Republican or Democratic eyes. I see America through human eyes. I don’t care what party the president is from when it comes to impeachment. But that’s not the point of this essay. My focus today is on how divisive the business of governance and leadership in Washington has become; what a poor example it is for those who watch it; and what we, as a nation of citizens, might do about it.
THE AGE OF LOCALISM
For centuries large organizations have amassed power in order to engineer change. Since the time of the Egyptian pharaohs and Roman emperors, achieving scale has been a primary path toward influence.
But when you look around the world today, you can see that the traditional big institutions are struggling and stumbling. According to the Pew Research Center, in December of 1958, 73 percent of Americans believed they could trust their government in Washington, all or most of the time. In March of 2019, fewer than 17 percent of Americans agreed with that statement. Meanwhile, church attendance in the United States has fallen from 71 percent to 50 percent in the last twenty-five years.
Correspondingly, it seems increasingly difficult for large organizations to act swiftly, collaboratively, or effectively. In the twenty-first century, bureaucratic scale has become the enemy of excellence, not the enabler of it. Why?
Culture Makes The Difference
What differentiates companies? It’s generally not products, services, facilities, or equipment. In our industry, for example, our lumberyard competitors sell essentially the same assortment of building materials that we do. Across New England, our white pine sawmill competitors make products that are very similar to our own. Additionally, we all tend to sell our products at comparable prices. So, what differentiates one company from another?
Years ago, I would have said it was people who make the difference and separate companies. But I have come to realize that’s not the whole story. Certain companies may think they have the ‘best people’, but the truth is, great people are everywhere – the planet is filled with them. For example, the United States has a more productive economy per capita than Europe, but no one would take this to mean that America has better people than Europe does. America is filled with great people, and so is Europe—and, so is every other country on earth. People are inherently great by virtue of their common humanity.
SELLING OUT FREEDOM
What organization inadvertently shined a light on this new cold war? Unexpectedly, it was the National Basketball Association.
On October 4, the Houston Rockets GM, Daryl Morey tweeted, ‘FIGHT FOR FREEDOM. STAND WITH HONG KONG.’ I was happy to see this. All fall I have been saddened by how little moral support these brave pro-democracy protestors have received from leaders in the United States. The protesters most aggressive demand for Hong Kong? They want to be able to elect their leaders – which the Chinese Communist Party does not allow (In China the Party picks your leaders). The very fact that they need masks to protest tells you everything you need to know about the Chinese government. You don’t need a mask in America to disagree with your government.
So why have they not received more encouragement? The answer, it turns out, is money.
EXCITING NEWS: My next book releases on February 25, 2020!
Governor Mills Nominates Individuals for Maine Indian Tribal-State Commission
Governor Janet Mills announced today that she has nominated six people to serve on the Maine Indian Tribal-State Commission. The Governor nominated John Cashwell, Robert Checkoway, James Cote, Kevin Hancock, former Senator Michael Pearson and former Senator Richard Rosen to serve on the Commission, an inter-governmental entity charged in part with reviewing the social, economic and legal relationship between Maine Tribes and the State.
“The Maine Indian-Tribal State Commission has the potential to improve and strengthen the relationship between the State and Maine Tribes,” said Governor Mills. “In nominating these qualified individuals, my Administration is taking a step forward in reinvigorating the Commission and empowering it to become a forum for substantive communication, problem solving, and...
Kevin Hancock Addresses the 'Elephant in the Room' at the DO MORE GOOD Conference
“There is no power for change greater than a community discovering what it cares about.”- Margaret J. Wheatley
May 18, 2019: This past Friday I spoke in Lincoln, Nebraska at the DO MORE GOOD conference. Don’t you love that title, DO MORE GOOD?!
Do More Good conference stage at the University of Nebraska Innovation Campus
The conference was held at the University of Nebraska Innovation Campus in the shadows of the giant Cornhusker football stadium. It was an exciting opportunity for me because the event brought in some top business speakers from around the country. Jay Cohen Gilbert, founder of the B Corporation movement, spoke. So, too, did Rand Stagen, co-founder of the Conscious Capitalism movement.
The conference was a...
The Consequences of Overreaching
My next book is about, in part, OVERREACHING, and how leaders often go too far and take too much…
One of the common paths of overreaching, I have concluded, is GOING TOO FAST…and cutting corners in the ZEST to get there.
Nearly every book on Custer’s last stand indicates that he was in a hurry for a victory because he wanted the news to reach the Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia before it ended. His rush for glory led him to attack before he KNEW the situation he was entering.
“We scouts thought there were too many Indians for Custer to fight…It was the biggest...
Sioux Indian Reservation
Pinky Clifford Receives National Award!
On March 28th in Washington D.C., my dear friend and NOT FOR SALE book star, Pinky Clifford, is receiving a distinguished award from the National Low Income Housing Coalition for her decades of work to bring home ownership opportunities to the people of the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation. I am very happy to see Pinky receive this recognition and I will be attending the ceremony in DC!
One great thing about life is no matter who you are or where you are there are always past events to be thankful for AND future chances to create something fresh and better. We always have the choice of celebration, forgiveness, and renewal. All three are part of a family experience I think.
Family is all just a chance to learn, love, and grow.