Zach’s Blog

The Science of Mattering: Why Purpose Isn’t Optional


Purpose is not optional, but awakening it is. You and whatever you do in your life, work, or organization has an inevitable, far-reaching consequence on the world. The key mindset shift to living and leading with purpose is taking responsibility for that inevitable consequence on others’ lives, to believe that you and what you do matters. In organizations, that means … Read more

A Results Mindset vs. A Purposeful Mindset

“When you live by results, you die by results,” a good friend once told me in graduate school. And in my work with people and organizations, I’ve seen it time and time again. The university student who rests their own self-worth and “success” on achieving a grade, getting into a prestigious graduate school, or landing … Read more

The Miracle of Shared Empathy


“Could a greater miracle take place than for us to look through each other’s eyes for an instant?” – Henry David Thoreau [bctt tweet=”Empathy is contagious. #purpose #leadership” username=”ZachMercurio”] While waiting to board a recent flight with my two-year-old I stumbled on a travel-weary parent’s dream at the Dallas airport: an indoor play area. As … Read more