Testimonials

What they say about us

“You have had an amazing impact on your entire community, Mari.  I’m proud that you’ve used the Kolbe System™ as a part of that process.  I also fully realize that it is when a Kolbe Certified™ Consultant uses my work well that it offers the greatest benefits.  As one of the few people in the world who has earned the title of Kolbe Certified™ Master Team Consultant, you prove the difference one person can make in the purposefulness and prosperity of many.”

Kathy Kolbe

Founder, Kolbe Corp, Phoenix Arizona

“I have found that reflecting on the work we did this summer (2014) to be very stabilizing when tempted to measure myself outside my core innate wiring. Thank you very much. What a wise investment it was to further explore my operating DNA.”

Tim Laird

Materials Supervisor Metals & Mechanisms, Johnson Controls, Holland Michigan

“I have taken and administered many assessments in my career and found PSG’s Kolbe assessment to be, by far, the most valuable and relevant. It was presented by respectful, engaging speakers and the results were enlightening, focused and applicable to both work and home. The Kolbe provided me with constructive insight as to my productive environs, stress inducers and how they relate to those around me. From a management perspective, it also instilled unique methods for identifying diverse team dynamics and how to best incorporate their individual motivators to achieve successful collaborative endeavors. The Kolbe has provided me with another tool in my toolbox, a new level of awareness to promote productivity and balance; I have effectively applied this within my household and on the job. It’s a win-win!”

Lisa Mleczewski

Talent Specialist, UPward Talent Council, Marquette Michigan

“Knowing my natural tendencies and how to review my energy levels is a gift that the Kolbe index has given me.  Relationships are deeper and more meaningful when I understand others from the Kolbe lens.  I believe physical, spiritual, and mental health is positively fed when you can understand your instinctive nature.  This insight has helped me discover meaningful work opportunities, benefited my career, and created success for the projects and programs I have been fortunate to be a part of over the years.”

Lynn Kotecki

Executive Director, Movement West Michigan, Holland Michigan

“You helped me change my life. In a short amount of time, I learned strength, faith in myself, and the confidence to trust and listen to God.
I learned more about the importance of being stellar, showing true strength, and being thankful in times of trouble.
These notes hang above my kitchen sink: Be Stellar—Be Focused—Be Forgiving—Be Kind—Be Grace and Be Grateful—Be Amazing—Be a Gift—Be Clear and Confident in your Words.

I thank God for bringing you and that experience with you, into my life.”

Rebecca Stephens

Individual

“I think Kolbe is all about self-awareness.  It makes ‘soft skills/communication’ more real and individual to each person.  I keep on thinking about our employee with this.  As her manager, I learned about what she needs as a person to succeed.  This helped me address areas of concern differently with her so I could achieve the results I needed.  Our employee comes to mind in regard to reducing conflict and tension in the workplace.  The session with the three of us helped both of us understand the ‘negative’ sides of her/our Kolbe(s) and how we can communicate differently so as not to be offensive to others.

Kolbe helped us understand each other and our needs better, and provided a way to talk about existing tension and when it arose again.  We have a much smoother working relationship.”

Shara Klynstra

Controller, Nuvar Manufacturing, Holland Michigan

“Working at Good Sam has taught me how to collaborate.  Working with Mari and understanding our organization’s strengths and capabilities through the Kolbe Indexes has taught me to ask, ‘who do I need on this team now?’  I have learned so much about how teams work, think and get results together.”

Linda Jacobs

Retired Executive Director , Good Samaritan Ministries

“What I see as your differentiator is that you don’t deliver for a ‘short term fix,’ but systemic change.  I don’t know that I see anyone else offering that product.  I think you ‘own’ identifying talents and forming teams.”

Jane Clark

President, West Coast Chamber of Commerce, Holland Michigan

“We refer to our profiles and utilize the language with each other every day.  Assignments are analyzed and given to the right people.  There are so many bi-products of our work together with PSG creating this team, but the outcomes we can’t measure in dollars, are that you have helped us create a very trusting organization.”

Gwen Auwerda

Executive Director, Tulip Time Festival, Holland Michigan

“Thank you for your time and expertise over the past year in helping the College Advancement staff to better know ourselves and each other.  Every day and each hour has been rewarding and educating in so many ways.  This last session was noted by some as “the best session ever” as it pertained to understanding the chemistry of our staff and the potential that we can unlock when we best utilize the skills, strengths, and energies of our group.

On a personal note, I have found your independent counsel and advice to be immeasurable.  Thank you for the coaching that you have offered and the thoughtfulness that you have given to me and to Hope College.”

Scott Wolterink

Past VP of Advancement, Hope College, Holland Michigan

“I have come to rely on the expert guidance of the PSG team as we make hiring decisions.   The Kolbe System is a wonderful tool in helping us match the natural instincts of our candidates with the needs of our organization.”

Jay Wielenga

VP of Advancement, Northwestern College, Orange City Iowa

“What a Eureka moment. I realized I’m not indecisive or constantly moving on, but it’s that I thrive on variety and am bored with routine. So freeing….no more guilt! I love learning new things and you explained everything in such a fun and informative way. Thank you for opening my eyes.”

Kathy Van Faassen

Individual

I appreciated your help in getting to know myself better, and I know that I am right where I am supposed to be at this time. 

Bradley Slagh

Michigan House of Representative State Representative 90th District

“Over the last 10 years at Faith Church, I have taken multiple personality test.  While they are all interesting, none of them proved to be so applicable.  I was pleasantly surprised at how encouraging this particular process was.  Plus, your clear communication and competent leadership made a huge difference.  It was interactive, helpful and enjoyable.  Great Work!”

Ryan Matthysse

Worship Leader, Faith Church, Dyer Indiana

“PSG has helped the Ferox consulting team with an operating language that minimizes workplace conflicts, recognizes how to bridge differing communication needs, and gives people a lot more room as long as base expectations are being met.  It has been life changing.”

Steve Johnson

Chief Operating Officer, Ferox Consulting, Grand Rapids Michigan

“After thirty years of professional experience in the church, including having been the CEO of a $50 million international non-profit, I thought I’d pretty much figured out my strengths and weakness. Yet, because of the unique insights about motivations Kolbe provides, and specifically Mari’s deliberative listening, I grew significantly. Wow! None of us is exempt from our stewardship obligation to invest in curating our best selves. We all can boost our leadership impact at home, in ministry, at work, and as I’ve done thanks to Kolbe, in the academic setting in which I now serve.”

Reverand John Arthur Nunes

President, Concordia College, Bronxville New York