Back To Better: The Book

The concept of Back to Better is rooted deeply in the ability to flex.

Flex is the capacity of a solid form to twist or bend to avoid damage or breakage. Flex is the capability of being bent, usually without breaking, to be susceptible to modification or adaptation, a willingness to yield. As an adjective and personality trait, flex is an ability; flexibility!


Most Recent Book Title: Flex: 21 Ways to LEAD Yourself and Others Through Traumas, Transitions and Terminations (December, 2020).


Book Description: Most people, no matter how successful they are financially, still wage an inner battle over bad habits, half-baked hangups and unmitigated hurts. Flex: 21 Ways to LEAD Yourself and Others Through Traumas, Transitions and Terminations guides people on the journey to heal their own wounds, steady their own wobble and to affirm the anecdotal wisdom of their own story.

Flex: 21 Ways to LEAD Yourself and Others Through Traumas, Transitions and Terminations is a book that Dr. Mark Kolkman has lived a lifetime of success and set back in order to write.


If you are interested in contacting Mark and exploring how to use the SOUL of story to reveal the HEART of what matters, follow the link to schedule a FREE, no obligation Concept Clarity call at your earliest convenience.


Through the vivid imagery of storytelling, Kolkman guides readers over the bumps and battles we very likely have in common to tell tales of resilience and lessons of learning. As wild and crazy or even unbelievable as each ensuing page may be, this book is NOT a career chronicle or an autobiography. Rather, the true purpose of Kolkman’s debut work is to deliver the result of resilience for everyone who reads the book. Gleaned from firsthand experience, Mark manages to muster sage perspective and simple wisdom from each of the wounds of his life. Across each page Kolkman introduces his readers to 21 perseverance-oriented slogans like, “Don’t whistle past the graveyard, I’m doing so well it hurts, No answer is not a NO answer, It’s better to be the hammer and not the nail, That’ll feel better when it quits hurtin’, God will take your life but He won’t let you die, It’s free to help but it’ll cost you $20 to stand there and watch, You have to manage the trade offs, Boundaries create freedom, The answer is NO whats the question, Opinions are like armpits; every body has two and they both stink, and You’ve gotta go there to know there,” just to name a few.

Kolkman has recalibrated the leadership compass to always point in the direction of people-centered and challenges leaders at all levels to reorient the arc of their influence by committing to head otherward. Flex: 21 Ways to LEAD Yourself and Others Through Traumas, Transitions and Terminations is a navigational tool designed to bring to an end suffering in it’s various forms. With wisdom and wit Mark persistently guides readers uphill toward optimism and flourishing. Then with the end in sight and success only steps ahead, Kolkman yields the lead to the reader to stand successfully atop the summit of resilience as the hero of their own story.

Professional Speaker Topics: Mark is an influencer whose reputation for integrity, empathy and consistent reliability spans the Chicago metropolitan for almost 30years. A personal brand ambassador with a dynamic flare for public speaking, Mark has delivered commencement addresses before audiences of more than 5000, preached sermons to congregations of 50, 150 and 2500 and has lead professional development seminars for groups or all sizes. His engagements range from keynote speeches for small and large businesses, institutions in public education, 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 lessons of his lifetime with the practical tenets of faith, traditional ethics and values based on people-centered leadership. Mark delivers value for his clients because he speaks from the heart through the art of storytelling.


Favorite Quote or Personal Motto: I can’t promise to fix or cure your hurt, hang up or bad habit, but I can promise that you won’t have to face them alone.

Get on a Call with Mark TODAY: If you are interested in contacting Mark and exploring how to use the SOUL of story to reveal the HEART of what matters, follow the link to schedule a FREE, no obligation Concept Clarity call at your earliest convenience.


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.


If you are interested in contacting Mark and exploring how to use the SOUL of story to reveal the HEART of what matters, follow the link to schedule a FREE, no obligation Concept Clarity Call at your earliest convenience.


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