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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Four Essential Leadership Ladders

Leadership ladders leave individuals and places better than before. In family, self, organization, and community, leadership ladders matter.

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Leadership Fails and Who Cares?

Something isn’t working. Leadership fails. MBA programs produce mismanagement. Henry Mintzberg thinks so. Read his recent post – “MBAs as CEOs: Some Troubling Evidence.” “And their MBA programs do well in training for the business functions, such as finance and marketing, if not for management. So why do they persist in promoting this education for…

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Walking the Heart Path: An Interview with Sharon Reed

Sharon Reed does many things. Sharon serves as Founder and Chief Empowerment Officer of the Global Girls ProjectTM, a not-for-profit storytelling platform that elevates the importance of character and core values in the global gender conversation. Add into the mix – parent, artist, advocate, author, and much more. Sharon just published Walking the Heart Path:…

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Is Your Business a Force for Good?

Can business be a force for good? Starting with this question is easier to answer. No matter where a business is in their goodness journey, most can make an argument for business as a force for good. The low-hanging fruit includes jobs, health insurance, and retirement program. Add in customer solutions and partner opportunity –…

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How to Be Mindful in Motion

Mindfulness is described as being present in the moment. Too many moments are in motion thought. Being mindful in motion creates space.

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The Need for a Culture of Belonging

Belonging is an essential human expectation. More than an expectation, belonging is community. We need to develop a culture of belonging.

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Upstanders: 7 Essential Guiding Principles

  “Despite my preference to stay out of the media. I’ve taken the view that each of us can be bystanders, or we can be upstanders. I choose upstander.” Words written from an unexpected individual, Seth A. Klarman, a value investor once called the “Oracle of Boston” by The Economist magazine. Being an Upstander gains…

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Distrust Yourself to Gain Trust of Others

Trust vanishes. In an unexpected way, distrust prepares the comeback of trust. Distrust sets the correction required, and business leaders can be the example. Gain Trust: A Place to Begin A Trust Depression exists. A saving element is the view of business. In the 2017 Edelman Trust Barometer, 3 out of 4 respondents “agree a…

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We Are in a Trust Depression

The Great Depression was an economic collapse that left people unemployed, unconfident, and uncertain. To recover, bold actions were taken, and it still took many years to gain strength again. Today, we are experiencing a similar situation – a trust collapse. More than a collapse, we are in the Trust Depression. Workers and citizens have…

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Less Talk, More Action: Where Do You Fall?

  Pick a social channel and individuals are offering advice and commentary. Within the mix is humor, seriousness, and heartfelt life events. Turn on a cable news channel, and more talk happens. Some give the blazing glimpse of the obvious while others fill time with frivolity. More than ever, there is a lot of talking…

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What Simon Sinek Got Wrong about Millennials in the Workplace

During the past month, several individuals sent me the YouTube video of Simon Sinek discussing Millennials in the workplace. The interview is conducted by Inside Quest. The first time I watched it, I thought there were some valid points, but other elements didn’t sit well. After watching it several times, it became more clear that…

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Mindful Millennial Leadership: Absorb-Convert-Act

In business, the benefits of mindful practices include greater self-confidence, better emotional intelligence, and stronger resiliency. All these are attributes that make mindfulness work in business and leadership. Millennials are gravitating toward mindfulness to enhance their work-life balance and develop their leadership capabilities. A risk lurks, however. Mindfulness contains a threat of inaction. We hear…

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