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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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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Summer of Change

Many think of spring as a time of change. Spring may ignite change, but summer of change fosters growth. Summer growth is vital.

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What We Cannot Take a Vacation From

We cannot take a vacation from certain key elements. Although we need a vacation to refresh, we need to remember the constants in life and leadership.

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The Need for More Sadness, Less Anger

Anger rises, stifling collaboration. We need more sadness and less anger. From our sadness, we renew our focus on fulfillment rather than happiness.

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Common Ground and Higher Ground are Peanut Butter and Jelly

To be an effective leader as a Common Grounder, developing a higher ground mindset and approach is essential. A combination of common ground and higher ground make a positive impact.

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The Leadership Power Shift Underway (A Political and Business Undercurrent)

Since our national political leadership is failing, a leadership power shift is underway. City, state, and business leaders are filling the void.

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The New ROI: Return on Intelligence

The new ROI is return on intelligence. Hiring smart talent is key, but we need smart people with the right character to get the right return.

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Leadership Governance: A Guardian Angel Practice

Ethic failures of business leaders increased. To create greater leader accountability, a new leadership governance model is required – a guardian angel way.

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Jeff Bezos: How to Avoid Day 2

Jeff Bezos describes the danger of Day 2. To lead innovatively, we need to avoid Day 2 and stay in the present Day 1 attentively.

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In the Middle, Be Still

To gain empathy, we need to be still. Added to stillness, we need to energize our middle and commit to action in which we construct more common ground. A result – mindfulness activated.

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