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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Stubbornness is Never a Good Leadership Trait or Virtue

Stubbornness is sometimes viewed as a positive leadership trait. It is not. Stubbornness becomes an excuse for self-centered, ineffective leadership.

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Ethical Choices: Followers, Courage, and Imagination

Whether we want to recognize it or not, we make ethical choices in who we follow, the courage we exhibit, and the imagination in which we see situations. Thoughts on leadership ethics.

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Moral Courage: What is Our Leadership Responsibility?

Moral courage is the required leadership ingredient and responsibility to empower good leaders and prevent bad leaders. Emboldening moral courage is the challenge.

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Global Summer Internships: How to Craft a Growth-Oriented Career

Considering summer classes, a full or part-time job, or an internship with a local corporation or charitable organization? While each of these options delivers value, summer internships abroad offer something more – a global perspective.

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CEOs as Activists and Five Signs You Are Leaning Toward Activism

CEOs as activists are more common today, and some business leaders may begin to feel the urge to join the shift. Five signs arise that say you may be leaning toward activism.

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The Broken World Awaits You

The broken world awaits you. What will you do? Start mending by knowing your neighbor’s names and using the talents of the people you work with.

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Should Business Leaders Promote Policy? A Key Question

Business leaders are playing a bigger role in society by engaging in and promoting policy. While some question their role, business leader activism is a needed role.

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Great to Good Leadership: Good Activates Better Leadership

In leadership, we need a shift from great to good. We need to focus more on the greater good than individual greatness. Good activates better leadership, and the time is now.

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Walking Reflection: What Do You See and Hear? What Answer Emerges?

Spend twenty minutes in a walking reflection, seeking the answer to the question, “Are we on the right path?” Our communities need focus on how we can do more for the greater good.

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The True Test of Leadership Development: Hiring or Promoting?

What is the true test of leadership development? It relates to hiring or promoting. Investment in leadership development needs to be renewed for your organization’s sake.

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Hope Is a Strategy. You Might Be Surprised Where.

Hope is a strategy. Words together that I never thought realistic. However, followers desire hope in offering enthusiasm for the future. Employee engagement grows through hope.

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Trust and Engagement: A Leadership Jolt to Act

Trust and engagement are declining. We need a leadership jolt and reboot our practices to raise trust and engagement to better levels.

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