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 New Literacy Requirements for Better Personal Leadership

New literacy requirements are upon us to advance our personal leadership. New literacy centers on media, society, and culture.

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Be Informed: Essential Business, Financial, and Economic Sites

Be informed. An important responsibility for business leaders and good citizenship. A few business, financial, and economic sites to begin.

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Business Rights and Responsibilities: A New Corporate Citizenship Model

Business rights and responsibilities – they have both. A new corporate citizenship model highlights the shift needed. Are you ready to activate?

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What Should Marc Benioff Do with the Employee Petition?

Marc Benioff received an employee petition signed by 650 employees requesting Salesforce end a governement contract. Immigration is the issue. What now?

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Maximizing Collaborative Value Instead of Maximizing Shareholder Value

Maximizing collaborative value needs to replace maximizing shareholder value. A singular focus on shareholders displaces the greater purpose of a business.

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Personal Branding is Over. Start Anew with a Societal Brand.

Personal branding has walled us off. Personal branding needs to end. In its place, we need to develop our societal brand. Our character depends on it.

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How Personal Brand and Shareholder Value Led Us to Selfishness

The pursuit of personal brand and shareholder value have created a business world and society soaked in selfishness. Without accountability and a business and individual mindset shift, we will sink to greater chaos.

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What Meetings Do People Want to Attend? Design an Experience.

What meetings do people want? Too many organizers do not think about the answer to this question prior to scheduling a meeting. We need to design a better meeting experience.

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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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