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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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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Respect, Energize the Middle

The middle of organizations and society matter more than we may admit. More then ever, we need to energize the middle. We need to respect the middle.

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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?

Though it may be difficult to pinpoint exactly why leadership is failing, at least we can stop doing a few things.

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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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