The 7th Power: One CEO’s Journey Into the Business of Shared Leadership After a Rare Voice Disorder

In this podcast, Kevin Hancock speaks with The Quiet Warrior Show host Tom Dutta about his new book The Seventh Power: One CEO’s Journey Into the Business of Shared Leadership. They begin by talking about Kevin’s trip to Pine Ridge. They also discuss the new leadership style implemented at Hancock Lumber, transforming the company culture into one where everyone at the company has power, is encouraged to lead, and can openly discuss ideas. He talks about how the culture has been received and the ways that the company has flourished.

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Here are a few highlights from the podcast (click here for the full transcription):

  • And I really got focused for the first time in a long time on my own identity, beyond my roles and really got to see my role as a CEO for what it was, which was an important role I played, but not the essence of who I was. (6:52-7:14)
  • They didn’t actually need a top-down directive. They just needed encouragement and a safe work culture to trust their judgment. (17:08-17:17)
  • But when you change your mission, you’ve got to develop a whole new set of metrics around how to measure that and a whole new set of systems to make sure everyone has a voice and everyone has the opportunity to share in the responsibilities of leadership, which we’ve been working on now for the better part of a decade. And it’s had a big impact on our performance. But I really, now, talk about that as the outcome of a higher calling, not the ultimate calling, is to be valuable to the lives of these human beings who are working at the company. (11:29-12:12)

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