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Zach Mercurio
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Zach Mercurio At A Glance:

Zach is an author, researcher, and consultant specializing in purposeful leadership, meaningful work, and positive organizational psychology. He wrote "The Invisible Leader: Transform Your Life, Work, and Organization with the Power of Authentic Purpose” and works with hundreds of companies, schools, and governments around the world to forge purposeful leaders and cultivate positive cultures that enable more meaning, mattering, motivation, well-being, and performance. Some of his clients and partners include J.P. Morgan Chase, The Government of Canada, Marriott International, American Express Global Business Travel, the Food and Drug Administration, Michelin, the National Park Service, and Hewlett-Packard. His writing on purposeful leadership has been featured internationally in outlets such as Forbes, Inc. Magazine, and The Denver Post and his research has been awarded by The Academy of Management, the Association for Talent Development, and The Association for Human Resource Development.

Zach Mercurio, Ph.D. is an author, researcher, speaker, and consultant specializing in purposeful leadership, meaningful work, and positive organizational psychology. He wrote “The Invisible Leader: Transform Your Life, Work, and Organization with the Power of Authentic Purpose,” praised by Arianna Huffington as “a compelling book filled with powerful stories, cutting-edge research, and practical tools that show us how to lead with purpose.”

Zach works with hundreds of companies, governments, and schools around the world to forge purposeful leaders and cultivate positive cultures that enable more meaning, mattering, motivation, well-being, and performance. Some of his clients and partners include J.P. Morgan Chase, The Government of Canada, Marriott International, American Express Global Business Travel, the Food and Drug Administration, Michelin, the National Park Service, and Hewlett-Packard. He also serves as one of Simon Sinek’s “Optimist Instructors.”

Zach earned his Ph.D. in Organizational Learning, Performance, and Change from Colorado State University where he serves as an Honorary Fellow in the Department of Psychology’s Center for Meaning and Purpose and as an Instructor in the Organizational Learning, Performance, and Change program.

His research on meaningful work has been awarded by The Association for Talent Development, The Academy of Management, and The Academy of Human Resource Development.

  • LEAD WITH PURPOSE: INSPIRE MEANING, MOTIVATION, AND FULFILLMENT

    Research finds that people who work with or for a Purposeful Leader are more resilient and higher performing. Why? When people are connected to purpose, they are four times more likely to be engaged, are more motivated, learn faster, and are more fulfilled. Yet, while 79 percent of leaders rightly think that staying aligned with a central, human-centered reason for being (purpose) is critical to success, just 34 percent say that they enact purpose regularly when making decisions and in their everyday practices when working with their teams.

    In this mind-shifting program that redefines leadership, Zach provides clarity about what purpose is, shows how purpose scientifically works to compel people and organizations, and introduces the key research-backed practices of Purposeful Leadership to cultivate fulfilled and resilient lives, teams, and organizations. The Lead with Purpose program has been presented to thousands of people around the world including Fortune 500 executives, front-line workers, healthcare providers, education administrators, governments, entrepreneurs, and students.
  • CREATE MATTERING AT WORK

    Feeling like you matter at work, in school, and life isn’t a generational preference or “nice to have.” It’s a basic human need and is a critical predictor for motivation, fulfillment, well-being, and inclusion. Creating mattering is also a skill that leaders, educators, and parents can learn.

    In this experience that’s been featured by author Simon Sinek, participants will:
    • Discover the three ingredients for creating mattering at work and why they’re vital for motivation and
    well-being
    • Learn practical tools on how to create a culture of significance
    • Understand how to make people feel noticed, affirmed, and needed every single day
    • Improve your ability to design and delegate tasks so people clearly see how their contribution matters
    • Realize the power of connecting people to a bigger purpose
  • ADDITIONAL TOPICS

    • “Designing a Positive and Purposeful Culture”
    • “Activating The Ingredients of a Thriving Workplace”
    • “Creating a Fear-Free Organization”
    • “Leading with Purpose in Turbulent Times”
    • “Purpose-Driven Change Leadership”
One of the most impactful leadership development sessions I’ve ever attended.

— Leader, J.P. Morgan Chase

You were amazing today and created a perfect setting for what has been an extraordinary day that surpassed my expectations. We appreciate and value every moment you share with us, thank you.

— Telstra

One of the best trainings we’ve ever had. Zach was engaging, relatable and his teachings on purpose are so applicable to strengthening our everyday work experience and connecting our purpose to our mission. This is a training everyone should take.

— The National Park Service

Thank you for helping us find our purpose.

— Crocs

That was hands down the best briefing we've ever received.

— Leader, United States Army

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