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Keynote from the NHPA All-Industry Conference

Kevin Hancock recently keynoted the 2022 NHPA All-Industry Conference, co-located at the National Hardware Show in Las Vegas, part of a 3-day event featuring speakers and panels from industry experts and top-performing retailers. Attendees came away with numerous insights and best practices they can implement in their own businesses, including from Kevin Hancock’s keynote titled, “Employees First: Disrupting Assumptions for More Loyal Customers and Stronger Sales.”

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Family Business Magazine Conference Keynote

 

“Kevin spoke at our annual conference in Tampa – and hoo-boy, it is not a speech anyone will forget. His story is gripping. He is compelling. He gives a lot of himself and he give the audience a lot to think about. At the end of his talk, the entire audience erupted into a standing ovation. I’ve never seen that happen at a business conference.” – Amy Cosper, editor-in-chief, Family Business magazine (former Editor in Chief, Entrepreneur magazine)




Shared Leadership with Kevin Hancock

In this video, Kevin Hancock speaks with Deliberate Directions host Allison Dunn about shared leadership and dispersed power. They discuss what prompted his leadership philosophy to change and how the company has benefitted from these changes. He discusses Hancock Lumber’s participation in the Best Places to Work in Maine surveys, as well as the outcome from the information gathered in those.

“When people are participating in the decision making processes, they are much more apt to support those decisions.” – Kevin Hancock

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The Seventh Power – with Kevin Hancock

In this podcast, Kevin Hancock speaks to Being Human host Richard Atherton about his book The Seventh Power. They start by talking about how Kevin lost his voice and the journey that he undertook to Pine Ridge to find inner balance. He explains how this journey led him to the realization that other people’s voices are unique, others are capable of leading, and that leadership should be dispersed. Kevin and Richard also speak about how Hancock Lumber has flourished since his shift in leadership and how other companies can follow suit. Click here to listen to the full podcast.

 

Here are few highlight excerpts from the talk: (Click here to view the full transcription)

  • As a CEO, my primary tool had been my voice. And suddenly I couldn’t use it. Long story short, when it’s hard to talk, you quickly develop strategies for doing less of it. (03:37-03:53)
  • And that’s when it hit me that maybe I own voice limitation, which I only ever thought of previously as a hindrance or a liability or a pain in the neck, was actually a bit of a gift or invitation to lead differently in a way that pushed power out away from the center and gave others a stronger voice. (05:41 -06:12)
  • I got this giant shot across my bow in the form of a voice condition that forced me to change in a way that was a blessing. And really, when you oversimplify it, when you talk less, you listen more. And the biggest voice I started hearing more clearly was my own. (28:01-28:32)

 

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Kevin Hancock featured on The Backpack Show with Chris Brogan

In this video, Kevin Hancock speaks with Kerry O’Shea Gorgone. Kerry talks with Kevin about his experience of the partial loss of his own voice, while initially considered to be a hindrance, was eventually seen as a gift – an invitation and a calling to lead differently, and to lift up others’ voices. They also dive into his work as CEO of Hancock Lumber Company, one of the oldest and best known family businesses in America.

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Citrix Northeast Conference Keynote 2021

In this video, Kevin Hancock is the keynote speaker at the Citrix Northeast Conference. Kevin speaks the shared leadership model, dispersed power, and respecting all voices. Kevin’s ideas on these topics have an immeasurable change on workplace happiness, employee engagement, and the work/life balance.

“Work should enhance life – otherwise, what’s the point?” – Kevin Hancock

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Happy Hour Podcast: Guest Kevin Hancock

In this podcast, Kevin speaks to host Joel Fleischman about Kevin’s story of finding the power of shared leadership. Kevin explains how he struggled with losing his voice and the journey he started to gain inner acceptance and balance, as well as ways he could continue to lead his family’s company. He also speaks with Joel about how ego plays an essential role in modern leadership, delving further to explain why it is important to shed your ego in the leadership role.

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

  • I’ve really become very focused on what I can control. What I can control. And I’ve really tried to not exert my energy on all those things I cannot control. And when I found that, when I oriented myself that way, my life got a lot easier. (12:04-12:32)
  • They didn’t actually need direction from me, 99% of the time to begin with. They knew what to do. What they really needed was the courage and confidence and the safety and culture to trust their own voice. (16:21-16:39)
  • But this book is about self-inquiry. It’s about heightened self-awareness. It’s about coming into your own voice, and really turning inward to find your personal power. (36:28-36:46)

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Learning to Disperse Power in the Age of Shared Leadership

In this video, Kevin Hancock speaks to ACE Virtual Breakfast Program Series hosts Jerry Johnson and Tom Renehan about how businesses can enhance the lives of their employees. Kevin gives ideas on how this can be done, and what he has done to change the culture of Hancock Lumber to become one that fosters shared leadership. He also speaks about how, by creating employee centric companies, improvement of the employee experience causes a ripple effect to everything around the company. He shares how he came to these philosophies and how they can be applied to any community, not just the workplace.

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The Seventh Power

In this podcast, Kevin Hancock speaks to The Bregman Leadership Podcast host Peter Bregman about his new book The Seventh Power: One CEO’s Journey Into the Business of Shared Leadership and the leadership style he adopted from his findings. Kevin has integrated an employee-centric culture into Hancock Lumber, highlighted by the importance of everybody partaking in a leadership role. By empowering others to lead, Kevin has been able to foster a safe space for ideas to be implemented and challenges overcome. The results for the business have been astounding, but Kevin ensures to speak about how any community can benefit from this interconnectivity and shared leadership practice.

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

  • What struck me after months and months of answering a question with a question, was people already knew what to do. This is what really got me thinking differently about leadership. They didn’t actually need a top-down, management-centric directive to the vast majority of questions and challenges that they faced during the course of a workday. They already knew what to do. All they really needed was the confidence and the courage to trust their own judgment and voice, and a safe work culture to know that it would be okay to make a mistake or have something they chose to do not go perfectly. (11:40-12:33)
  • But what we’ve found is that if people feel they aren’t being included in a transparent, authentic process of making decisions, that they are much more apt to support those outcomes. Our safety director is fond of saying that people support that, which they help to create. So we’ve actually seen by having authentic dialogue, is the discipline to core systems and best practices actually improves. It doesn’t weaken or fray, it actually strengths. (17:07 -17:47)
  • The truth is, great people are everywhere. There’s a sacred light that dwells within us all. Everyone has value to contribute and the ability to lead. The idea is to turn the corporation inside out. In the old model, employees were commodities that sacrificed and served the organization. In the new model, the organization becomes a conduit for serving individuals within a company. For example, self-actualization, one employee at a time becomes the goal. Profit, while enhanced is now the outcome of a higher purpose. (20:05-20:39)

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ProDealer Industry Summit Presentation 2020

Kevin Hancock shares a keynote speech with the ProDealer Industry Summit in October 2020. In this presentation, Kevin highlights the importance of culture in the workplace, stressing that it is what makes the difference between companies and performance.

The ProDealer Industry Summit is an exclusive three-day educational forum designed to promote the growth of lumber & building product dealers, distributors, wholesalers, and the manufacturers who supply them. LBM dealers will benefit from sharing insights and best practices from industry leaders.

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The Inventions Show EP10: Kevin Hancock, CEO Hancock Lumber

I wanted to take a moment to share a recent podcast I participated in on The Inventions Show with host Tack Lee. Here is his excerpt from our chat: Live with your heart not just your head with Kevin Hancock, a sixth-generation family CEO of Hancock Lumber, one of the oldest companies in America which dates back to 1848. An extraordinary leader who is also an award-winning author and speaker. Simply Inspirational and transformational. Kevin shares his incredible journey of self discovery after being diagnosed with a rare neurological condition that made speaking difficult. How he had to think differently and reinvent leadership through dispersing of power. His mission to strengthen the voice of others and come into their own true voice.

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Interview with Kevin Hancock, President & CEO of Hancock Lumber

In this video, Kevin speaks to The Inventions Show host Tack Lee about how he reinvented the way leadership is dispersed and shared at Hancock Lumber. Kevin and Tack discuss how he came to this leadership model in depth, as well as what it means for the employees, the customers, and the company. By dispersing leadership and power to everyone in the company, Kevin aims to enhance employee engagement and facilitate finding self-actualization. He also discusses how the company has handled this change and the path he sees for the future.

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The Power of Shared Leadership in Business

In this video series, Kevin Hancock speaks to Fire It Up With CJ host CJ Liu about his journey to a business culture where everybody leads, managing a business through the COVID pandemic, and his new book The Seventh Power: One CEO’s Journey Into the Business of Shared Leadership. They discuss the sustainability of an employee-centric business model and how a company of Hancock Lumber’s size fares in this environment. Kevin finishes their discussion by sharing that empowering the voices of others and listening to their authentic voice is not just for business, but it is a movement that can happen in any community.

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Rhett Power with Kevin Hancock

In this video, Kevin Hancock speaks with Power Lunch Live host Rhett Power about his book The Seventh Power: One CEO’s Journey Into the Business of Shared Leadership. He shares the lessons he learned and how he implemented them into a new leadership style. By dispersing power and leadership throughout the company, Kevin found that employees became more engaged and had a higher level of job satisfaction. When employees became happier, they became better brand ambassadors for Hancock Lumber. Kevin describes how this had led to changes in the business and the personal lives of the employees.

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The Culture Hour: Shared Leadership

In this video, Kevin Hancock speaks to Premier Rapport Culture Hour host Shelley Smith about his newest book The Seventh Power: One CEO’s Journey Into the Business of Shared Leadership. He talks about how his leadership style transformed when he lost the use of his voice. By lifting up the voices of others, Kevin can empower their ideas and foster a sense of community. Using this new method of leadership that he realized at Pine Ridge, Kevin is bringing the voices of his employees to the forefront of Hancock Lumber.

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What is Shared Leadership and What Can It Bring Your Business

In this video, Kevin Hancock speaks with Small Atlanta Business Show host Jim Fitzpatrick about his new book The Seventh Power: One CEO’s Journey into the Business of Shared Leadership. They discuss his background and the journey to Pine Ridge. During his time there, Kevin came to the conclusion that in nature power is dispersed. He took the lessons he learned there and brought this shared leadership model to Hancock Lumber.

“I think that a company will perform better when everybody is leading than when just a few hold the decision making responsibility in the center. But my real interest in dispersing power and sharing leadership is bigger than business. It’s about helping every human being self actualize, and come into their own voice, and be confident with and comfortable with their own identity and perspective.” – Kevin Hancock

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The Business of Shared Leadership – A CEO’s Quest to Disperse Power

In this TEDx Talk, Kevin Hancock speaks about employee engagement and how this is affected by leadership style. In workplaces where employees do not feel heard, understood, or able to lead, they often become disengaged with the work they are performing. It leads to job dissatisfaction and eventually, employee turnover. When employees are able to share the leadership role and are truly heard by those around them, they are able to grow.

“The purpose of [Hancock Lumber] is to add value to the lives of the people who work there, in more than just economic ways.”  – Kevin Hancock

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Finding Your Voice

In this video, Kevin Hancock speaks about his leadership style at Hancock Lumber and how it evolved. He believes that everyone should feel safe and comfortable sharing their authentic voice. When people are heard, they transform into leaders who can share their ideas and empower the voices of others.

“Leadership teams have the responsibility to create a work culture that makes it safe for people to say what they actually think. The success of the company is not the purpose of the company—it’s the result of engaging people the right way.” – Kevin Hancock

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The Single Most Important Idea in the History of Humans

In this video, Kevin Hancock speaks at the Legal Services Corporation board meeting about the importance of each individual having a voice. He goes on to share his journey to Pine Ridge and how he found his inner peace and self-actualization through his experiences there. Kevin connects the two ideas, sharing that when people are heard and can speak without judgment, they too can find self-actualization.

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Kevin Hancock Addresses the ‘Elephant in the Room’ at the DO MORE GOOD Conference

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“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?!

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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 call to action for corporations to adopt a mission that was bigger than just making a profit.  Have a purpose that’s bigger than what you make or what you sell.  Stand for something important!  Your corporate purpose should solve a real problem.  These were the rallying cries of the conference.

My talk and personal mission were a good fit for this event.  I spoke about losing some of my voice to SD and then traveling to Pine Ridge where I encountered an entire community that did not feel heard.  The two events combined to give me the inspiration to use a company as a platform to strengthen the voices of others, and to create a culture where everyone leads.  So, my proposal was to create an EMPLOYEE CENTRIC company where the first priority of the business is to enhance the lives of the people who work there, by creating a safe and dynamic space for people to express themselves freely and self-actualize through work.

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Kevin Hancock Addresses the Elephant in the Room

At the talk, my mascot was my Ringling Brothers stuffed elephant.  I introduced him as the ‘elephant in the room’, representing the traditional, top down, bureaucratic, power to the center leadership model.  The new model I am advocating for is one in which power is shared and dispersed, so that every voice is heard and everyone leads.

I closed the talk by returning to the elephant.  I acquired him on May 5th, 2017 at the Dunkin Donuts Center in Providence, Rhode Island.  I was attending the last-ever performance of the Ringling Brothers and Barnum & Bailey Circus.  It was an historic event –a tipping point in social consciousness.  The elephant, who originally helped make the circus and played the star role, ultimately helped end the circus and bring about its demise.  But, why?  The elephant hadn’t changed…

So, what did change?  Human perception changed.  The well-being of a handful of elephants had become more important to society that an entire iconic industry—the circus.

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“Who knew that losing your voice could help you find it? That giving a voice to those not heard creates a better work culture? And that great culture disperses power to its people rather than consuming them?”

This subtle, but super important moment, is a sign of the times and a guide post for business in the 21st Century.  The age of the individual is upon us.  Corporations must do more than simply serve their own objectives.  Specifically, they must become a valued place full of life and growth for the people who work there.  If companies focus on advancing the lives of the people who work there, the people who work there will create—in turn—exceptional experiences for customers.  In this model, profit actually increases, but it becomes an outcome of a higher calling.

Everyone attending the conference received a copy of Not For Sale: Finding Center in the Land of Crazy Horse in their gift bag.

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Thank you for reading and please help spread this blog to others that might like to follow.  My next book is coming in the Spring of 2020 and my publisher, Post Hill Press, wants me to grow my blog follower ship in advance!  It takes a village to spread ideas and create change.  If the ideas I am writing about are of value to you, please think about your own personal network and share the link to this blog and invite them to follow.

Finally, Rosie Freire, the owner of the Singing Horse Trading Post (where I stay at Pine Ridge) drove down to the conference and attended.  I was able to introduce her to the audience during my talk as one of my personal heroes in business.  What I said about Rosie during the conference and what she thought of the event is the topic for another post, soon to come!

The title of my next book has been finalized and I will share it here with you now…

THE SEVENTH POWER
One CEO’s Journey into the Business of Leadership

Thank you for sharing your voice!

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Kevin Hancock, President + CEO




Do More Good Conference 2019

In this video, Kevin Hancock speaks at the Do More Good Conference about his life story. From losing his voice to his spiritual quest to Pine Ridge, Kevin shares with the audience how he grew both internally and as a leader. He also delves into how he saw changes in Hancock Lumber and what he changed about the management style in the company.

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Embracing the Age of Shared Leadership

Kevin Hancock presented the keynote speech at the LBM Strategies Conference in 2018. The keynote highlights the importance of the Shared Leadership philosophy on employee engagement, job satisfaction, and culture.

The LBM Strategies Conference brings together LBM pros to address and share practical, tactical solutions to today’s toughest business challenges. LBM Strategies is produced by LBM Journal, the leading media brand serving the lumber / building material distribution industry.

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Turning Your Business Into Something Extraordinary

Turn Your Business into Something Extraordinary

In these two videos, Kevin Hancock speaks about his journey to finding dispersed power. He shares with the audience how he ended up visiting Pine Ridge and befriending the Indian tribe living there. He was able to connect with them since they felt their voices had been lost as well. Kevin found that his new mission was to strengthen the voices of others and use that strength to disperse power.

Kevin also brings these lessons and ideas to the workplace in an effort to share leadership. By sharing power, employees feel more job satisfaction, more voices and ideas are heard, and the workload becomes lessened for all involved. He concludes the video by sharing seven lessons for new leadership.

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Kevin Hancock at the ChIME Event

In this video, Kevin Hancock is the keynote speaker at the Chaplaincy Institute of Maine to discuss spirituality and business. He shares his thoughts on improving the workplace culture and environment to enhance the value of the lives of employees. His philosophy that everyone can help lead the company and be comfortable sharing their thoughts and ideas is a major pillar in this enhancement. He finishes his presentation by speaking about his journey to Pine Ridge and his book Not For Sale: Finding Center in the Land of Crazy Horse.

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2017 Featured Speech at Builders Summit in Falmouth, ME

In this video, Kevin Hancock is the featured speaker at the 2017 Builders Summit. Here, Kevin shares the journey he began when his voice began to weaken. He speaks about Pine Ridge and how his time among the Lakota tribe began his healing journey. The lessons he learned there and within himself brought changes to Hancock Lumber. By sharing the leadership burden at Hancock Lumber and dispersing the power to all employees, the company has thrived. The employees feel that their voices are empowered and heard, which increases the value of their time at work.

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2017 SAGE Lecture Series

SAGE9/26/17 – This past Tuesday, Kevin Hancock was invited to speak at the University of Southern Maine in Portland as part of the SAGE lecture series. SAGE provides academic lecture and discussion programs chosen by its members, in topic areas such as history, culture, the arts, geography, anthropology, and science. Using University and community resources, the SAGE program provides a format in which enthusiastic learners can discover new realms of intellectual challenge and academic pursuit.

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Kevin was met by an enthusiastic group of 80 lifelong learners interested in hearing his recent journey through the Land of Crazy Horse. For 2 hours, the group heard from Kevin, watched a video he made during his trip, and followed up with a great Q+A session. Here is a link to watch the talk! 




Native American Callings Panel Discussion Guest

In this video, Kevin Hancock joins a panel at Kansas State University Staley School of Leadership Studies as a discussion guest on Native American Callings. Kevin shares his story about losing his voice and traveling to Pine Ridge. He speaks about how the leadership styles on the reservation, coupled with the events of losing his voice, have changed how he leads. He highlights how individuals want to speak their own truth, instead of letting the head of an organization speak for them.

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A Loss of Voice as a Way for the Soul to Stop Working, Stop Leading, Stop Caretaking

In this video, Kevin Hancock speaks to The Kevin Moore Show host, Kevin Moore about his book Not 4 Sale: Finding Center in the Land of Crazy Horse. This book highlights the journey Kevin Hancock made to Pine Ridge after losing his own voice. He connected to the tribe at Pine Ridge because they, too, lost their voices. They talk about the importance of being heard and how that leads to engagement, leadership, and inner strength. Kevin Hancock also speaks about how inward reflection has created a new understanding of meaning and purpose.

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Not For Sale: Finding Center in the Land of Crazy Horse

In this podcast, Kevin Hancock speaks to Beyond 50 Radio host Daniel Davis about the lessons he learned at the Lakota Tribe at Pine Ridge and how their teachings helped him find how shared leadership enhances the lives of everyone. He shares the spiritual healing and inner peace that his quest to South Dakota brought. Kevin also speaks about how shared leadership has enhanced the lives and job satisfaction of those that work at Hancock Lumber. The power dispersal has allowed the company to flourish and grow at a rapid pace.

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Guest Presenter: Kevin Hancock

In this video, Kevin Hancock stars as the guest presenter on Skidompha Library’s “Chats with Champions” series. Kevin discusses his book Not For Sale: Finding Center in the Land of Crazy Horse and the journey the book showcases. This healing quest brings Kevin to South Dakota, where he meets the Lakota tribe living on the Pine Ridge reservation. He then discusses how the lessons he learned during his journey have helped him grow, learn, heal, and evolve as a person and leader.

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How To Find Spiritual Fulfillment

In this video, Kevin Hancock speaks to The Inspiration Show’s host Natalie Ledwell about finding himself through the journey outlined in his new book Not 4 Sale: Finding Center in the Land of Crazy Horse. In Kevin’s trip to the Pine Ridge Reservation, he reflected on losing his voice, how to cope and find peace with this loss, and finding his sense of purpose. He speaks about how the Pine Ridge residents feel that they have lost their voices too and his mission becomes to enhance and uplift the voices of others.

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2016 Maine Live Event – Kevin Hancock

At Maine Live, 14 speakers told us their stories of integrity, tenacity, and courage. For Kevin Hancock, CEO of Hancock Lumber Company, that story is about losing his voice to a rare neurological disorder and then finding it again after spending time on the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation. There, he learned an important lesson about power and the individual.

“What if we could create an organization where everybody led? Where every voice felt heard, respected, valued, trusted, and empowered?” – Kevin Hancock

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Video of Kevin’s Maine Live presentation now posted online

  1. MaineLive_screenVideos now available online! At the 2nd Annual Maine Live on March 24th, 14 speakers shared their stories of integrity, tenacity, and courage. For Kevin Hancock, CEO of Hancock Lumber Company, that story is about losing his voice to a rare neurological disorder and then finding it again after spending time on the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation. There, he learned an important lesson about power and the individual.“What if we could create an organization where everybody led?Where every voice felt heard, respected, valued, trusted, and empowered?” Watch now.

In addition to Kevin’s message above, here are a few of our favorite reflections from the day: (click here to watch any or all 14 speaker presentations)

  • Mark Bessire | Portland Museum of Art:  There doesn’t need to be conflict between the traditional and the modern; ideas from both worlds can coexist. There is power in creating meaningful traditions with family, friends, organizations, and communities.
  • Jan Kearce | Lift 360: Ask yourself, “What am I a commitment to?”. Embody your purpose. YOU are enough to make it happen. Re-write your story – think about the obituary you’d write for the life you’re leading; now, think about the obituary you’d write for yourself for the life you WANT to lead.  Take time to pause and reflect; don’t burn yourself out.
  • George Neptune | Abbe Museum: Pass on tradition/language/stories of your tribe, so as to “save it for those not yet born”. Find balance, embrace your two spirits – it is OK to have feet in multiple worlds.
  • Steve Malcom | Knickerbocker Group: Spend time “kicking the dirt”…having conversations about the “What ifs” and “Why nots”. Throw rocks (ideas) out there to make ripples and share ideas; it might take time for them to come back and become reality, but get your ideas out there.  Take time to listen, really listen and be in the present without judging or making an opinion too quickly. The world is a dynamic place that is ALWAYS changing. Look for those moments to find opportunity.
  • Tae Chong | Startmart CEIRacism is a bad business model. Look at ALL kinds of people as an asset and economic opportunity in a state that is facing a major labor crisis.  A few eye opening Maine stats that Tae shared:
    • By 2022, 1 in 4 Mainers will be over 65
    • 100,000 workers will be needed in Maine in the next 10 years
    • 44 Median Age of Mainer
    • Maine had more deaths than births in 2015
    • Maine is older than Florida
    • Maine is the oldest and whitest state
  • Beth Shissler | Sea Bags: Sea Bags is green in product and process, sourcing USA materials and keeping manufacturing and jobs in Maine!  Look for the FIT in the people you bring to your organization. HR is all about cultural fit.
  • Ben Fowlie | Camden Int’l Film Festival:  Don’t shy away from difficult topics; leverage the arts to spark local dialogue and create social change.
  • Laurie Lachance | Thomas College“Nia” = purpose.  Let your life unfold down an unintentional path, intentionally, and you’ll end up where you’re supposed to be–but, only if you are paying attention during threshold moments.  Pay attention. Listen. Stop. Pause. Reflect.  Ask yourself, “What are my unique gifts?” and seize the opportunities in front of you.
  • Leslie Oster | Aurora Provisions: Slow down and set a place for yourself at the table.  Sharing your gifts and passion with the world will only be fulfilling if you put a seat at the table for YOU.
  • Sara Shifrin | Gould Academy’s Family Ideas Center: View the library as a room full of ideas, possibilities and thinking – it’s not just a room full of books.  Resist the temptation to find solutions; observe, learn, listen, and employ design thinking to bring new ideas to life.
  • Yellow Light Breen | Maine Development FoundationThere is a distinct difference between feeling comfortable and fitting in. Sector jargon- “internal languages” – get in the way of making change; ideas matter, people matter, and take time to celebrate success. We all like to be on a winning team.
  • Mike Katz | Camp SunshineWorking with terminally ill children makes one very humbled and reflective. Acts of kindness make a lifelong impact. Volunteer; make a difference!
  • Heather Sanborn | Rising Tide Brewery: Ask the ones you love around you what they want to do in life. “A rising tide lifts all boats” – there is such art and meaning behind naming a child, a non-profit, a business that you are passionate about.  Think about the community and power in “helping a neighbor”, and leveraging the “spirit of collegiality” — the cooperative relationship of colleagues. A collaborative ethos is best; we are all a part of “Team Maine”!



Using Lean Processes to Improve Your Organization

In this video, Kevin Hancock presents at the Franco Center Chamber breakfast event, speaking about how Hancock Lumber has used lean processes to improve. Kevin defines a lean company as one that is “focused, efficient, accurate, agile, responsive, fun, and constantly improving.” He then shares the ways that he has helped foster these attributes to become a part of the daily culture at Hancock Lumber. He finishes by sharing with the audience how that works to improve and enhance the quality and value of life for the employees.

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