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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How Would You Like Your Leadership? Scrambled or Unscrambled?

Leadership can be scrambled or unscrambled. We have a choice in how we lead and in who we want to follow. We need to make the leadership choice.

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Do We Think and Act Too Big?

Is being too big getting us in trouble and off track? Being big leads to focusing on the wrong things. It is time to narrow focus and act with meaning.

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Millennials: Smart Cities Need Smart Citizens

To achieve a Smart City model, Smart Citizens need to rise up, and Millennials need to take the lead. Smart Citizens will focus on policy and solutions.

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Leaders: Have a Sense of History

Leaders are missing a sense of history. A sense of history is important in business, education, nonprofits, and government.

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We Can Do Better

We can do better. With current events of Millennials, harassment, National Anthem, and rising anxiety, it seems we can do better.

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Be Well, Get Well, Stay Well, Act Well

Be Well, Get Well, Stay Well, Act Well. A new mantra on wellness and a needed shift from healthcare to wellness.

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There Is Hope in the Generations. Act Like It.

In today’s discourse, it is easy to lose hope. However, there is hope in the generations. We need to act. Engaging is not enough; we need to activate between generations.

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Design Thinking for the Greater Good

Design thinking is a problem solving way. Design thinking is human centered, possibility driven, and iterative. Greater good rises a theme and a result.

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Unraveling the Liberal Arts and College Strands

The value of a liberal arts education is questioned, as is the value of college. We need to get over it and find the right educational path for us, unraveling how we learn and sustain our growth.

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Going Deeper: American Cities in Decline or Reinvention

America’s cities are at a crossroads. Some say our cities are in a decline. Others say a reinvention is underway. Let’s go deeper in our thoughts and conversations.

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Start a Conversation on America’s Cities

America’s cities are at a crossroads. Some say our cities are in a decline. Others say a reinvention is underway. Let’s start a conversation.

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Work Gets a Bad Name (Time for a Work Shift)

Work gets a bad name. Impatience may be at fault but so are bad leaders. We need to restore the value of work and do the work that provides a blessing to ourselves and others.

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