The Seventh Power (Hardcover)

One CEO's Journey Into the Business of Shared Leadership

By Kevin Hancock

Post Hill Press, 9781642934069, 272pp.

Publication Date: February 25, 2020

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A corporate executive loses his voice and discovers a new pathway to organizational excellence built on the premise of dispersed power and shared leadership. 

“Kevin Hancock’s personal journey holds universal messages for people at all levels of business and community. The Seventh Power’s new, more inclusive approach to leadership and management will give you important insights into your life, your career, and your company.” —Chip Conley, Hospitality Entrepreneur and Bestselling Author

“Many business books have discussed management, innovation, culture, and how to be great, but none grab you like Kevin Hancock's The Seventh Power: A CEO’s Journey into Shared Leadership. One has to admire what Kevin has accomplished after experiencing a serious speech impediment. Kevin takes what most of us would be an insurmountable challenge and uses it as a learning tool to make himself, those around him, and his company better. The Seventh Power is not only a good read, it's a must read for all aspiring leaders and even those of us who have been around a while. It's never too late to learn!” —Rick Holley, Chairman of the Board, Weyerhaeuser Company

“From his home in Maine to Navajo and Lakota communities in the West to Ukraine, Kevin Hancock takes the reader on a personal journey of more than 15,000 miles in which he learns to listen and empower people. The Seventh Power is an exploration of a new model of leadership in which individual voices are heard and the human spirit is celebrated. The principles that Kevin puts to work in his 171-year-old family business offer an enlightened way forward for all institutions.” —U.S. Senator Susan Collins 

Kevin is a recipient for the Ed Muskie Access to Justice award, the Habitat for Humanity Spirit of Humanity award, the Boy Scouts of America Distinguished Citizen award, and the Timber Processing Magazine Person of the Year award. Kevin's first book, Not for Sale: Finding Center in the Land of Crazy Horse, was the recipient of The National Indie Excellence Award and the Independent Author Network Book of the Year Award.

About the Author

Kevin Hancock is the CEO of Hancock Lumber Company, one of the oldest and best known family businesses in America. Established in 1848, the company grows trees and manufactures lumber for global distribution. Locally in Maine and New Hampshire, the company sells a full line of building materials and construction services from its stores and truss plant. Hancock Lumber, led collectively by its 550 employees, is a five-time recipient of the Best Places To Work In Maine award. The company is also a past recipient of the Maine Family Business of the Year award, the Governor’s Award for Business Excellence, the Exporter of the Year award, and the ProSales National Dealer of the Year award. 

Kevin is a graduate of Lake Region High School and Bowdoin College. He is also a frequent visitor to the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation in South Dakota. Kevin’s first book, Not For Sale: Finding Center in the Land of Crazy Horse was featured in the New York Times and won the National Indie Excellence Award. 

Kevin is a recipient of the Ed Muskie Access to Justice award, the Habitat for Humanity Spirit of Humanity award, the Boy Scouts of America Distinguished Citizen award, and the Timber Processing Magazine Person of the Year award. 

Kevin is an advocate of strengthening the voices of all individuals through listening, empowering, and shared leadership.   

Kevin lives in Maine with his wife Alison. They have two adult children, Abby and Sydney. 

Praise For The Seventh Power: One CEO's Journey Into the Business of Shared Leadership

"In his latest book, The Seventh Power, business visionary Kevin Hancock lays out a practical plan for how to make businesses more profitable and healthy, so that everyone—customers, owners, and employees—all flourish. I highly recommend this groundbreaking book."
— Christiane Northrup, MD, New York Times bestselling author of "Women's Bodies, Women's Wisdom" and "Goddesses Never Age"

"I have always admired Kevin for the reputation he has among the folks working for his organization. The leadership skills and management style described in this book are inspirational, transformational, and motivating. I am thankful that Kevin is generous and willing to share his perspectives on a fresh path to corporate excellence through employee centric thinking."
— George Emmerson, President, CEO, Sierra Pacific Industries

"Powerful. Genuine. Transformative. Those three words sum up the wisdom and humanity that Kevin shares in The Seventh Power. By focusing on the intrinsic value of individuals, his vision and examples of shared leadership from organizations worldwide make this the rare leadership book that effectively transcends and challenges the traditional top-down management model. If you're looking for a fresh, authentic take on how a company can power up its people, its value to society, and its performance, you've found it."  
— Rick Schumacher, LBM Journal