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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A New Path, New Site

From Thin Difference to Jon Mertz, a new path is unfolding with a focus on the intersection of business and society.

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Time to End All Blogs, Including Leadership Ones?

Time to end all blogs, or at least, take a month off from publishing anything. Time for higher standards for leadership bloggers.

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Betterment – A New Leadership Calling

Betterment is our new leadership calling, removing self-centeredness and finding ways to be a better leader to create a better business and society.

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Focus: Wide-Angle or Zoom-In?

How do you determine focus? Is a wide-angle focus necessary, or is a zoom-in required? Your focus matters for positive impact.

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Character: More Questions than Answers

Our character raises more questions than answers. We treat values as dogma and ditch trust and integrity in the process. Character matters.

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Millennial Myths Have Always Been Myths. Blame Bloggers.

Many Millennial myths have been started by bloggers. Yes, blame bloggers. Time for a generational awakening!

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How Should Change Leadership and Common Good Intersect?

Change leadership and common good need a tight intersection. Both are about good ethics, dignity, and corporate citizenship.

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More than One Way to Organize a Business

More than one way to organize a business exists yet many stay traditional. With an emphasis on employee and community engagement, time for a new model?

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Unfreeze Congruence for Better Team Performance

Unfreeze congruence for better team performance. It seems odd, yet congruence erodes team performance over time. Time to be incongruent!

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Closing the Gaps: What Future Generations Will Spend Time Doing

Closing the gaps is a leadership responsibility. With the lack of current leadership to solve problems, future generations will spend time closing gaps.

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A Blockbuster Community: Generational Changes

What makes a blockbuster community? We can find some answers in the generational changes and within the last Blockbuster store.

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Generational Risk: Entitlement (But Not Where You Expect)

The greatest generational risk is generational entitlement, and it is not where you think. It is not on Millennials or Gen Z.

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