5 P’s of GETTING through the PANDEMIC

As I write we are about 5 weeks into the COVID-19 pandemic. Tragic loss of life, physical suffering and an unprecedented interruption to the comings and goings of individuals nationwide. Second only to human suffering are the multitude of profound, and in some cases, irreversible interruption to employment opportunities, growth of businesses and the impact of the loss of tax revenues at the local, state and federal level.

The punitive impact of COVID-19 will run a long course, one well past the full recovery of all medical cases.

But one thing I pray will also run a long course is the manner in which many individuals, communities, NFPs, NGOs, select businesses, and nearly every college, church and school have pivoted to regard themselves less and others more.

In this segment of TRANSFORMATION BEGINS TODAY (TBT), I point out the 5 P’s that I pray carry us to “Back to Better” rather than “Back to Normal”!

Watch TRANSFORMATION BEGINS TODAY (TBT) and comment in the box below about how you and your organization can use the Five P’s now in order to develop an intentional plan to get “BACK to BETTER”.

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Dr. Mark Kolkman uses the soul of story to reveal the heart of what matters.

Mark is an influencer whose reputation for integrity, empathy and consistent reliability spans the Chicago metropolitan market for almost 30 years. A personal brand ambassador with a dynamic flare for public speaking, he has taught in the classroom, coached on the field and coached or consulted in the marketplace and in life. Mark has delivered commencement addresses before audiences of more than 5000, preached sermons to congregations of 50, 150 and 500 and has led professional development seminars for groups of all sizes. His engagements range from keynote speeches for small businesses, institutions in private sector, schools, colleges and universities to local civic organizations. Mark also leads daylong workshops for businesses and retreats for church leaders tailored to outcomes based on the select needs of his clients. 

In any setting, Mark inspires his audience with a vivid call to action and authentically weaves the leadership lessons of his lifetime with the practical tenets of faith, people-centered ethics and values based on conscious leadership.

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During the Pandemic we all need a Spotter

The other day I was doing some chores around the house and decided to clean out the gutters. Typically, this is a task I can accomplish with little or no help. But this time, I knew I’d need to ascend to the top of the ladder and step off onto the roof in order to reach the area of repair.

Before I tried to climb the ladder clutching a variety of tools in one hand and the leaky garden hose in the other, I asked my teen aged son to brace the the ladder and keep from shifting on the uneven soil as I scampered on to the roof.

(Video) I asked him to brace the base; essentially I asked him to spot me for safety.

Life often requires us to step off of the ladder and walk on step inclines, why would we assume we don’t need a life spotter?

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Dr. Mark Kolkman uses the soul of story to reveal the heart of what matters.

Mark is an influencer whose reputation for integrity, empathy and consistent reliability spans the Chicago metropolitan market for almost 30 years. A personal brand ambassador with a dynamic flare for public speaking, he has taught in the classroom, coached on the field and coached or consulted in the marketplace and in life. Mark has delivered commencement addresses before audiences of more than 5000, preached sermons to congregations of 50, 150 and 500 and has led professional development seminars for groups of all sizes. His engagements range from keynote speeches for small businesses, institutions in private sector, schools, colleges and universities to local civic organizations. Mark also leads daylong workshops for businesses and retreats for church leaders tailored to outcomes based on the select needs of his clients. 

In any setting, Mark inspires his audience with a vivid call to action and authentically weaves the leadership lessons of his lifetime with the practical tenets of faith, people-centered ethics and values based on conscious leadership.

You can learn more or follow Mark anywhere you connect socially @DrMarkKolkman or email him directly at mark@FlexSolutions.llc.

Be Resolute Even While We Rest

Stand firm today. Focus on doing good and adding value to those around you, focus your desires and efforts for the sake of others.

“But a good leader plans to do good and honorable things, a noble man plans honorable and good things, and those good, honorable and noble things make the good man noble the good leader honorable. — Isaiah 32:8

May it be so today in all we do.


Dr. Mark Kolkman uses the soul of story to reveal the heart of what matters.

Mark is an influencer whose reputation for integrity, empathy and consistent reliability spans the Chicago metropolitan market for almost 30 years. A personal brand ambassador with a dynamic flare for public speaking, he has taught in the classroom, coached on the field and coached or consulted in the marketplace and in life. Mark has delivered commencement addresses before audiences of more than 5000, preached sermons to congregations of 50, 150 and 500 and has led professional development seminars for groups of all sizes. His engagements range from keynote speeches for small businesses, institutions in private sector, schools, colleges and universities to local civic organizations. Mark also leads daylong workshops for businesses and retreats for church leaders tailored to outcomes based on the select needs of his clients.

In any setting, Mark inspires his audience with a vivid call to action and authentically weaves the leadership lessons of his lifetime with the practical tenets of faith, people-centered ethics and values based on conscious leadership.

You can learn more or follow Mark anywhere you connect socially @DrMarkKolkman or email him directly at mark@FlexSolutions.llc.

Abide and be Confident

No matter how things have been going or presently seem to be,
the God of the Universe knows your name,
He gave His Son for your salvation,
and the Presence of the Holy Spirit surrounds you constantly.

Be of Good Cheer,
grateful and confident knowing that your life has value and worth
because of the impact you have already made on others in some small way,
not because of what you have yet to do down the road someday.

Rest in Him, recover your strength
and resolve to abide in Him every place you go,
because you are ever, only and always loved by many, prayed for by several and appreciated by me more than you’ll ever know.