In my last post we discussed how change is created. It’s an inside job. We become what we wish to see. The outer world is a mirror, projecting back what we carry with us on the inside. One of my favorite spiritual writers is Alice O. Howell. I came across her work a decade ago….

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Change. It’s one of life’s constants, and one of the few guarantees that can be made to all humans. Although our Universe is in constant motion and flux, change management is rarely taught, or even discussed. What’s required for humans to engineer change? How do we become thoughtful agents of positive change? I’ve given these…

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The highest aspiration for mankind should be freedom for all. But freedom is elusive, tricky to define, and surprisingly hard to accept in all forms. The absence of subjugation. The power of self-determination. The state of being unrestricted. These are common descriptions of freedom’s lofty demands. But the pursuit of personal sovereignty comes with a…

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Having competed in sports and business my whole life, I understand the traditional view of winning. Winning is about supremacy and thus requires defeat. For every winner there must be an equal and corresponding loser. The Roman Colosseum is an early manifestation of the consequences of losing. Here men fought to the death. For you…

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I have been at Pine Ridge many times in late October. Halloween gatherings are organized in most communities across the reservation. Zombie-themed events are common and well attended, which always causes me to pause and reflect. Why are zombie movies and television series so popular? I find these types of shows exceptionally predictable. No matter…

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For centuries empires grew by amassing power into the center. “All roads lead to Rome,” as the ancient saying goes. Dogma, coercion, force, and ritual overtly and covertly combined to keep large groups in rhythmic lockstep. But time is a stubborn thing. Strategies that sustained empires in one era can become their downfall in the…

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Below is Whisper #22 from my latest book, 48 WHISPERS, which is a collection of photographs and personal meditations created across a decade of travel to the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation and the surrounding northern plains.  “The world did not become round only at the point when it was acceptable to say it was round.” —Jan…

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Below is Whisper #21 from my latest book, 48 WHISPERS, which is a collection of photographs and personal meditations created across a decade of travel to the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation and the surrounding northern plains.  There is no one single nation or tribe that has cornered the market on great people. Great people are abundant…

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Below is Whisper #20 from my latest book, 48 WHISPERS, which is a collection of photographs and personal meditations created across a decade of travel to the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation and the surrounding northern plains.  In my early days at Hancock Lumber we had sweatshirts with our logo on them that read “Our People Make…

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Below is Whisper #19 from my latest book, 48 WHISPERS, which is a collection of photographs and personal meditations created across a decade of travel to the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation and the surrounding northern plains.  I once attended a powwow in honor of Tamokoce Te’Hila at the Prairie Wind Casino. Billy Mills, as he is…

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On this podcast, Kevin Hancock speaks with JM Ryerson on his ‘Let’s Go Win’ podcast. Let’s Go Win is a peak performance interview show on leadership, mindset, and business development. JM features leaders and entrepreneurs with inspirational stories on personal development, achievements and success. On this episode, Kevin and JM discuss the power and potential…

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Below is Whisper #18 from my latest book, 48 WHISPERS, which is a collection of photographs and personal meditations created across a decade of travel to the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation and the surrounding northern plains.  When I entered the world of business thirty years ago, “staying in your lane” was considered an expected practice for…

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Below is Whisper #17 from my latest book, 48 WHISPERS, which is a collection of photographs and personal meditations created across a decade of travel to the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation and the surrounding northern plains.  One morning in London, while doing research for my second book, I shared breakfast with a Colombian-born advertising executive, Jose…

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Below is Whisper #16 from my latest book, 48 WHISPERS, which is a collection of photographs and personal meditations created across a decade of travel to the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation and the surrounding northern plains.  As a young manager I often listened to evaluate the perspectives of others. But after living for a few years…

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Below is Whisper #15 from my latest book, 48 WHISPERS, which is a collection of photographs and personal meditations created across a decade of travel to the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation and the surrounding northern plains.  I once had a dream in which an angel offered to take me back in time fifteen years and start…

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Below is Whisper #14 from my latest book, 48 WHISPERS, which is a collection of photographs and personal meditations created across a decade of travel to the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation and the surrounding northern plains.  Restraint is the opposite of overreaching. It’s about having the most power but not using it. Restraint is the essential…

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Below is Whisper #5 from my latest book, 48 WHISPERS, which is a collection of photographs and personal meditations created across a decade of travel to the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation and the surrounding northern plains.  One of my dearest friends from Pine Ridge is Catherine Grey Day. She is a Dakota elder and a survivor…

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Below is Whisper #4 from my latest book, 48 WHISPERS, which is a collection of photographs and personal meditations created across a decade of travel to the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation and the surrounding northern plains.  These words by philosopher Joseph Campbell reveal his understanding of the world’s mythologies and sacred stories as manifestations of the…

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Below is Whisper #1 from my latest book, 48 WHISPERS, which is a collection of photographs and personal meditations created across a decade of travel to the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation and the surrounding northern plains.  Crazy Horse was born in 1842 near the Black Hills. In the decades that marked his life steamboats would conquer…

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The following is the introduction to my third book, 48WHISPERS From Pine Ridge and the Northern Plains.  Please enjoy. As a teenager our family took a vacation to the Grand Tetons. I was so enamored with the majestic grandeur of the West that I subsequently returned one college summer to work in Yellowstone National Park. I happily…

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