A Makenzie Restoration

The dreams about her have subsided. I don’t think about her everyday as I have in years past and I’m needing to play old audio to remember her voice. Six years ago today, my oldest daughter, Makenzie — who is now my youngest — was invited into heaven.  “Six years” is a long time as IContinue reading “A Makenzie Restoration”

How You Talk Affects Everything! – Todd Stocker.com

“WHY DO I FEEL SO NEGATIVE?” [These questions come from readers.  If you have a question, ask it here.] In recent years, parts of the way I talk have bugged me.  Not my public speaking so much, but my everyday conversation.  There are times when I’m mid-sentence and I realize how negative my word choiceContinue reading “How You Talk Affects Everything! – Todd Stocker.com”

Why You Are Unfulfilled – Todd Stocker.com

“WHY DO I FEEL SO UNFULFILLED IN LIFE?” [These questions come from readers.  If you have a question, ask it here.] This week, I was honored to facilitate a leadership retreat for an executives team in Wisconsin.  Huddled in a remote retreat house, the 11 of us discussed topics such as vision casting, defining yourContinue reading “Why You Are Unfulfilled – Todd Stocker.com”

A Perspective On Life’s Storms – Laura Dekker – Todd Stocker.com

I recently watched a documentary called “Maidentrip” in which 14 year-old Laura Dekker spent 18 months sailing around the world.  Here’s the kicker.  She did it alone.   She comes from a family that basically lives on the water so her skills and abilities were heartily grounded.  Yet, to take on a trip like thisContinue reading “A Perspective On Life’s Storms – Laura Dekker – Todd Stocker.com”

A Perspective On Life’s Storms – Laura Dekker

I recently watched a documentary called “Maidentrip” in which 14 year-old Laura Dekker spent 18 months sailing around the world.  Here’s the kicker.  She did it alone.   She comes from a family that basically lives on the water so her skills and abilities were heartily grounded.  Yet, to take on a trip like thisContinue reading “A Perspective On Life’s Storms – Laura Dekker”

A Story Of Heroism – Memorial Day

World War II produced many heroes. One such man was Lieutenant Commander Butch O’Hare. He was a fighter pilot assigned to the aircraft carrier Lexington in the South Pacific. One day his entire squadron was sent on a mission. After he was airborne, he looked at his fuel gauge and realized that someone had forgottenContinue reading “A Story Of Heroism – Memorial Day”

Why You Are Unfulfilled

“Why Do I Feel So Unfulfilled At Work?”
This week, I was honored to facilitate a leadership retreat for a directors team in Wisconsin. Huddled in a remote retreat house, the 11 of us discussed topics such as vision casting, defining your purpose and decision making. In review, the conversations that were most helpful for the group were focused around the questions, “How am I hardwired and how does that affect the way I work and live?”

One Of Those Great Days!

“HOW CAN I SPEND MORE TIME WITH MY FAMILY?” Yesterday (Mother’s Day) was one of those days that skyrocketed above others in recent months. You see, our family is at the point where each are holding competing schedules and the time together is minimized. My son tours with his band, my daughter is crunching in “friend time” before she heads to college, my wife flies with a local airline and I am intent on my work.

How You Talk Affects Everything

“Why Do I Feel So Negative?” [These questions come from readers.  If you have a question, ask it here.] In recent years, parts of the way I talk have bugged me.  Not my public speaking so much, but my everyday conversation.  There are times when I’m mid-sentence and I realize how negative my word choiceContinue reading “How You Talk Affects Everything”

3 Choices of Anger

“What Do I Do With My Anger?” Have you ever been angry?  I mean, the kind of anger that boils up inside to a point that it lashes out on everyone and everything around you.   In the moment, you felt like you’re possessed with some demon of revenge and your monster instincts take over.  After,Continue reading “3 Choices of Anger”

Your Life Is Like Burnt Toast

It was early enough in the morning that the continental breakfast at the hotel was still laid out for us lazy ones.  Kellie and I began loading our flower-designed paper plates with fruit and bagels to fuel us for a busy day visiting New York.  Suddenly, the fire alarms cut through the dulled talking inContinue reading “Your Life Is Like Burnt Toast”

Take A Break

“What do you do when you feel ‘spent’?”

I’m taking a break, warm weather and all. It’s much needed and way overdue. Normally, I’m pretty good about balancing work expectations and refresh time (read about that here), but the past few weeks, the balanced tipped — understandable as this is the season of reflection and celebration as the world celebrated much needed HOPE, found in the resurrection of Jesus. In my line of work, that means created great environments for people to come and exercise that celebration.