Managing Change and the ROR: Return On Relationships with Mark Black

Managing Change and the ROR: Return On Relationships with Roxanne Derhodge and Mark Black

Managing change is not always easy, but it is necessary in order to grow and maintain a healthy and resilient mindset. On this episode of Authentic Living with Roxanne, we’re thrilled to welcome Mark Black to share his story of embracing adversity to thrive through change and talk about his brand-new book, The Resilience Roadmap.

Quote: “My summary of what resilience is, is that it’s not bouncing back…it’s about growing through.” Mark Black

Mark is a heart and double-lung transplant recipient, turned 4-time marathon runner. A resilience expert, coach, and author, he helps people “Thrive in Challenging Times.” His programs provide the tools to transform your adversity into your advantage. Mark doesn’t just teach resilience, he embodies it. Born with a life-threatening heart defect, Mark underwent two open-heart surgeries before the age of one. He battled his condition and its limitations for twenty-two years until he was forced to deal with the biggest obstacle of his young life.

His doctor informed him that his heart was failing, and without a rare and dangerous heart and double-lung transplant, he would not see his 25th birthday. In 2002, Mark was fortunate that a suitable donor was found. He not only survived the surgery, but less than 3 years later, Mark became the only man in history to run a marathon with someone else’s heart and lungs. 

Watch the video here: Managing Change and the ROR: Return On Relationships with Mark Black

Listen to the podcast here: Managing Change and the ROR: Return On Relationships with Mark Black

Authentic Touch Points:

  • Mark’s long and arduous health journey. 3:00
  • It’s part of my “normal”. 7:30
  • Don’t worry about what you can’t control. 11:00
  • Connecting with, not comparing stories. 18:00
  • Quiet reflection breeds acceptance. 22:00
  • The Resilience Roadmap. 24:30
  • Resilience is formed by making mistakes. 30:00
  • Adaptability tips for leaders. 34:00 

Mark is now a Certified Speaking Professional, a designation held by less than 1000 speakers in the world. He has inspired more than 150,000 people in more than 450 presentations and has worked with global brands including Exxon Mobil and Mercedes Benz, as well as many national and regional associations. Mark lives in Moncton, New Brunswick, Canada where he spends as much time as possible with the most important people in his life; his wife Marise and their three children.

I am doing my virtual book launch on Tuesday, June 27th at 12:00 pm ET and invite you to join me, even if you can only stop by for a few minutes. Please CLICK HERE to get the link.  I hope to see you there to help me celebrate!

Stay Authentic,  


P.S. My new book, ROR: Return On Relationships, is NOW AVAILABLE! You can get your copy of the Kindle Version on Amazon for only $1.99!


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