Jon Mertz

Jon Mertz is one of the Top 100 Thought Leaders in Trustworthy Business and highlighted as one of the Leaders to Watch in 2015 by the American Management Association. He also is the author of
Activate Leadership: Aspen Truths to Empower Millennial Leaders.
Jon has a background as a farmer’s son in his formative years, a political appointee during his 20s, and a marketing and business development leader over the past twenty plus years. His work has been in large and entrepreneurial companies like Deloitte, IBM, QuickArrow, and Corepoint Health.

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We Can Do Better

We can do better. With current events of Millennials, harassment, National Anthem, and rising anxiety, it seems we can do better.

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Be Well, Get Well, Stay Well, Act Well

Be Well, Get Well, Stay Well, Act Well. A new mantra on wellness and a needed shift from healthcare to wellness.

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There Is Hope in the Generations. Act Like It.

In today’s discourse, it is easy to lose hope. However, there is hope in the generations. We need to act. Engaging is not enough; we need to activate between generations.

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Design Thinking for the Greater Good

Design thinking is a problem solving way. Design thinking is human centered, possibility driven, and iterative. Greater good rises a theme and a result.

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Unraveling the Liberal Arts and College Strands

The value of a liberal arts education is questioned, as is the value of college. We need to get over it and find the right educational path for us, unraveling how we learn and sustain our growth.

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Going Deeper: American Cities in Decline or Reinvention

America’s cities are at a crossroads. Some say our cities are in a decline. Others say a reinvention is underway. Let’s go deeper in our thoughts and conversations.

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Start a Conversation on America’s Cities

America’s cities are at a crossroads. Some say our cities are in a decline. Others say a reinvention is underway. Let’s start a conversation.

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Work Gets a Bad Name (Time for a Work Shift)

Work gets a bad name. Impatience may be at fault but so are bad leaders. We need to restore the value of work and do the work that provides a blessing to ourselves and others.

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Ditch the Napkin: Superficial Versus Inspirational

Superficial versus inspirational. The difference is between action and inaction, substance and hollowness, leading and sitting idle. Work your inspiration.

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Lack of Character: Sufficient Cause to Remove a President?

When a president lacks the depth and breadth of character, should they be removed? Our answer sets the stage for future generations. 

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Clouds Make the Difference

Clouds make the difference. They deliver a combination that delivers wonder, radiating possibilities at work, in life, and community.

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Return to Calmness: A Leadership Imperative

Inciting and supporting continued chaos is not a sound leadership strategy or trait. A return to calmness is a new leadership imperative.

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