Idea Sharing Archive

Welcome to the Business of Shared Leadership blog! This weekly installment features thought-provoking posts and discussions about inspired leadership topics, authored by Kevin Hancock.

#36 | TENT CITY
“The problem with homelessness is not houselessness.” —Matt Haig   Eugene, Oregon, is a city like no other. Nestled on the western edge of the Cascade Mountains, it’s surrounded…
#35 | THE POWER OF PRAYER
“The function of prayer is not to influence God, but rather to change the nature of the one who prays.” —Soren Kierkegaard Catherine, speaking only in Lakota, conversed with…
#34 | EIGHT BILLION ENTREPRENEURS
“All humans are entrepreneurs not because they should start companies but because the will to create is encoded in the human DNA.” —Reid Hoffman Entrepreneur is one of the…
#33 | BECOMING EMPLOYEE-CENTRIC
“Everyone talks about building a relationship with your customer. I think you build one with your employees first.” —Angela Ahrendts The first mission of a modern company should be…
#32 | NOMADS
“I am a wild, wandering nomad, I belong everywhere and nowhere all at the same time, and in that gap between worlds, I am free.” —Ritta Klint I’m fascinated…
#31 | THE HUMAN RACE
“A lion sleeps in the heart of every man.” —Old Turkish Proverb At the corner of a serene collection of shops and restaurants in the Park Shore neighborhood of…
#30 | THE COLLECTIVE UNCONSCIOUS
“The collective unconscious contains the whole spiritual heritage of mankind’s evolution born anew in the brain structure of every individual.” —Carl Jung Speaking mostly in Lakota, Medicine Man begins…
#29 | THE PROBLEM WITH IT ALL . . .
“It is unwise to be too sure of one’s own wisdom.” —Mahatma Gandhi   The potential blessing of this essay series is that I am writing from experience. The…
#28 | SLOW DOWN TO SPEED UP
“Strange what being slowed down could do to a person.” —Nicholas Sparks   Even though the gymnasium was filled with whistles, shouting, and squeaking sneakers, I can still hear…
#27 | THE DIVERSE POTENTIAL OF SHARED LEADERSHIP
“Do not wait for the green light. You are the green light.” —Dr. Jacinta Mpalyenkana Shortly after participating in the Leadership Learning Exchange for Equity sponsored by the Maine…
#26 | “TRUST IS THE COIN OF THE REALM”
“The best way to find out if you can trust somebody is to trust them.” —Ernest Hemingway On December 13, 2020, former secretary of state George Shultz turned one…
#25 | UNSUBSCRIBE
“Do not let the behavior of others destroy your inner peace.” —Dalai Lama Several months ago I was sitting with the vice chair of our board of directors, Jim…
#24 | HALFTIME
“Darkness cannot drive out darkness: only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate: only love can do that.” —Martin Luther King This is essay #24, the halfway…
#23 | SOFTENING OUR EDGES
“The only way out of the labyrinth of suffering is to forgive.” —John Green I have trepidations about taking on this topic but even more about letting it go,…
#21 | HOLD THAT DOOR
“Every human being is entitled to courtesy and consideration.” —Margaret Chase Smith It can feel overwhelming to take on the subject of advancing social harmony in a delicate and…
#20 | CHINA’S HALL PASS
“A global citizen is someone who identifies first and foremost not as a member of a state, tribe or nation, but instead as a member of the human race.”…
#19 | INDIGENOUS WISDOM
“It is hard to follow one great vision in this world of darkness and of many changing shadows. Among those shadows men get lost.” —Black Elk I have dedicated…
#18 | SAWING THROUGH COVID
“For it is dangerous to attach one’s self to the crowd in front, and so long as each one of us is more willing to trust another than to…
#17 | AMERICA ALWAYS GETS WHAT IT PAYS FOR
“The devil doesn’t come in a red cape and pointy horns. He comes as everything you ever wished for.” —Tucker Max On Thursday, March 11, 2020, I left the…
#16 | THE FUTURE TRAVELS THROUGH THE PAST
“No future without forgiveness.” —Bishop Desmond Tutu It’s not just those in positions of leadership or privilege who must become more self-aware. In the last two essays I have…