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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In this article, Kevin Hancock writes about how Hancock Lumber became a Best Places to Work by comparing it to how a baby learns to walk. By learning without instruction, people will engage with their natural curiosity and begin to excel at their projects.   Click here to read the article.

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In October, Kevin Hancock took the stage at the LBM Strategies Conference as their keynote speaker, which had a record turnout. A captivated audience listened to him share how a few key ideas have helped transform Hancock Lumber’s culture over the last decade and lead to transformative results. Attendees came away with numerous insights and…

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“Therefore, just as through one man sin entered into the world, and death through sin, and so death spread to all men, because all sinned.” —Romans 5:12 I’ve found a new favorite book. It’s titled Humankind: A Hopeful History, by Rutger Bregman. You may have to search for it, because it threatens too many conventional…

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“Love yourself first and everything else falls into line.” —Lucille Ball   In January of 1988 I drove from Bowdoin College to Bridgton Academy to interview for a teaching and coaching job. Upon arrival I found myself sitting on the less powerful side of a large oak desk. Bob Walker, the headmaster, sat opposite me….

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In this podcast, Kevin Hancock speaks with the PR Maven podcast host Nancy Marshall about leadership. Kevin shares how his leadership style has changed over the last decade and what elements helped show him the path to dispersed power and leadership. They talk about the importance of change and embracing the need to adapt to…

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In this podcast, Kevin Hancock speaks with Strength For Your Purpose Podcast host Dr. Phil Finemore about shared leadership and dispersed power. They discuss Kevin’s journey and how he came to his philosophy that power should be dispersed. Kevin shares the outcomes for the company and the employees who work for Hancock Lumber. Finally, they…

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In this podcast, Kevin Hancock speaks to Safe Space host Franco Lombardo about successfully running a business without speaking. They discuss Kevin’s journey, from losing his voice to finding it again and the lessons he learned along the way. Kevin talks about the successes gained from listening, empowering voices, and sharing leadership throughout the organization….

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“If you want to be a champion you’ve got to feel like one, you’ve got to look like one, you’ve got to act like one.” —Red Auerbach John Kohtala was the best jump shooter I ever met. If he could get his right elbow above your left defensive hand, he was going to shoot, and it…

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Below are 12 articles and podcasts that describe the outcome and impact of shared leadership in the workplace. Take a look at the excerpts below and click through to learn more. Thank you for joining our mission of shared leadership, dispersed power, and respect for all voices!   Work & Life with Stew Friedman In…

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In this article featured in the March 2022 NRLA Lumber Co-Operator, Kevin Hancock writes about digital equality in the workplace. Kevin explores the two groups of employees that the digital age has produced in lumberyards: the group that uses laptops and computers regularly and those that do not. He continues to write about how Hancock…

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In this keynote interview, Kevin Hancock speaks with Shannon Zur of the Vogel Consulting Group. The theme of the Transitions Spring 2022 conference was “Strong Family, Strong Business.”

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In this podcast, Kevin Hancock speaks with Path11 Podcast host April Hannah about his newest book 48 Whispers and his journeys to Pine Ridge Indian Reservation in South Dakota. They discuss the loss of Kevin’s voice and how it led him on a quest to find his center, regain his voice, and help strengthen the…

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Family Business Magazine captures Kevin’s journey and new leadership model in their March 2022 article, Voices Carry. Writer Margaret Sheen tells the story of Kevin losing his voice, the journey he went on to find his voice, and the lessons he learned along the way—and, ultimately, how those lessons translated into a new, modern leadership…

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In this podcast, Kevin Hancock speaks with The PR Maven Podcast host Nancy Marshall about shared leadership. They begin by speaking about the importance of continuing to change, even if your business is over 150 years old. He shares how his personal journey led to a change in leadership style for Hancock Lumber and what…

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As part of Hancock Lumber’s HBS Dealer’s national ‘ProDealer of the Year’ recognition, HBSDealer magazine featured the company on the cover of their March 2022 edition. Ken Clark’s “Architects of Shared Leadership” cover story shares their leadership teams’ voices and highlights Hancock Lumber’s success as an employee-centric, shared leadership business—and, how Kevin Hancock’s vision to…

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In this podcast, Kevin Hancock speaks with Enlightenment of Change podcast host Connie Whitman. They speak together about his book The Seventh Power, One CEO’s Journey into the Business of Shared Leadership. They speak about the power of shared leadership and what the benefits are to both the employees and the company. Kevin speaks from experience…

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“It is hard to follow one great vision in this world of darkness and of many changing shadows. Among them men get lost.” —Black Elk In my last post I wrote about what the sandpiper knows, the tiny bird that moves predictably with the unpredictable. No two waves are ever the same, yet the sandpiper…

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