On Saturday, February 6th, Kevin Hancock was a guest on News Talk WLOB1310 HR Power Hour with David Ciullo. The 60-minute segment focused on the leadership themes Kevin introduces in his first published book, Not For Sale: Finding Center in the Land of Crazy Horse. In a corporate world hallmarked by the never-ending quest for bigger, better, more, this CEO of one of America’s oldest family businesses contemplates an organizational structure where the goal is to do less, not more.
David digs deep into Kevin’s ideas, asking him specific questions about the real-life application of his leadership evolution and how employees have received and reacted to it at Hancock Lumber. Kevin explains his “everybody leads” concept the company has adopted, much of which was prompted by a medical voice disorder. Kevin was diagnosed with spasmodic dysphonia in 2010, triggering a physical and spiritual journey that led him to the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation and looking deeper into his own soul. Kevin outlines the change that happens when a CEO loses complete access to his voice in these insightful bullet points:
- You listen more.
- You talk less.
- You ask more questions.
- You look at more data.
- You show more restraint.
- You let others run meetings.
- You don’t break the silence.
- You share responsibility for representing the organization.
- You trust and empower others more completely.
In a 24/7 internet-wired world consumed with roles, responsibilities, and external accomplishments, Kevin learns to look inward for meaning and purpose. If you have ever considered these ideas or a new path toward leadership, click here to listen to the podcast.
Kevin travels often to the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation in South Dakota, where he has connected with residents and key organizations. Kevin has created a nonprofit called “The Seventh Power” to support initiatives on the reservation and published his first book titled, Not For Sale: Finding Center in the Land of Crazy Horse, about his personal journey to the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation, as well as the history and modern day life of the Oglala Sioux Tribe.
To learn more, visit Kevin’s website www.kevindhancock.com.