Episode #304: We'll be discussing the power and potential of helping others at work feel trusted, respected, valued, and heard from sharing leadership, and giving others a stronger voice.
Kevin Hancock is the managing owner and Chairman of Hancock Lumber Company, one of America's oldest family businesses. Established in 1848, the company is led by Kevin and employs 720 people across its 11 lumberyards, 4 sawmills, a truss manufacturing facility, and timberlands in Maine and New Hampshire. Hancock Lumber has received numerous accolades, including the 'Best Places to Work in Maine' award nine times, the Maine Family Business of the Year Award, the Governor's Award for Business Excellence, the ProSales National Dealer of the Year Award, and the Maine Retailer of the Year Award.
Kevin Hancock has held leadership positions in various organizations, including the Northeastern Retail Lumber Association, the National Lumber & Building Material Dealers Association, and the Bridgton Academy Board of Trustees. He has also served on the Board of Directors for companies such as Hussey Seating Corporation in Maine, the Seneca Sawmill Corporation in Oregon, and the Maine Indian Tribal State Commission.
In addition to his business ventures, Kevin is an accomplished author. He has written three books: "Not For Sale: Finding Center in the Land of Crazy Horse," "The Seventh Power: One CEO's Journey into the Business of Shared Leadership," and "48 Whispers from Pine Ridge and the Northern Plains." These books explore topics such as finding personal center, shared leadership, and the experiences he has had during his visits to the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation in South Dakota.
Kevin also collaborates with the executive coaching firm SSCA to offer senior management training programs focused on shared leadership, dispersed power, and deep employee engagement. His advocacy for listening, empowering, and shared leadership extends to both businesses and communities.
Kevin Hancock is a graduate of Bowdoin College and resides in Maine with his wife Alison. Throughout his career, he has been recognized with several awards, including the Ed Muskie 'Access to Justice' Award, the Habitat for Humanity 'Spirit of Humanity' Award, the Maine Development Foundation 'Ken Curtis Leadership Award,' and the Maine Basketball Hall of Fame 'Directors Award.'