Author: Meryl Herr

Dr. Meryl Herr is the Director of Research and Resources at the Max De Pree Center for Leadership where she designs and conducts research studies that add to the understanding of what helps marketplace leaders flourish. She also oversees the conversion of research findings into resources to support individuals in all seasons of life and leadership.

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Resources for When Work Is Difficult

When the Covid-19 pandemic hit, it felt like we slipped from relative calm into utter chaos overnight. On Thursday evening, I met my best friend for coffee at our favorite local spot. The next morning, we received a notice from my boys’ school that at-home learning would begin that day.

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Lament in the Time of Layoffs

Google, Microsoft, Amazon, Salesforce, Lyft, Vimeo, Wayfair, Stitch Fix, and Goldman Sachs. Hasbro, Dow, IBM, 3M, and Spotify. All of them are recognizable, reputable brands making headlines in early 2023 for announcing layoffs. Some of these companies are letting go of up to 10% of their employees.

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Solid Lessons for Being a Good Leader

1.3 billion. That’s the number of results Google returned when I searched “how to be a better leader at work” in December 2022.

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Webinar: They Will Know Us by Our Love

What does it actually look like to lead with love in the marketplace? How might love guide us toward reimagined workplaces and industries? Join us for a free webinar with experienced business leader Jasmine Bellamy.

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The Daily Practice: A Tool to Help You Apply the Bible to Your Life, Work, And Leadership

This four-step process, modeled off the practice of Lectio Divina, will help you prayerfully reflect on how the Bible relates to your life, work, and leadership.

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New Year, New Intentions Sticky Note Exercise

At the De Pree Center, we’re big fans of sticky notes. We’ve created this sticky note exercise to help you reflect on the past year and set some intentions for the next.

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New Year, New Intentions

I’ve never liked making New Year’s Resolutions. It’s probably because I’m terrible at keeping them.

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Giving Thx: Four Ways to Show More Gratitude to Those We Lead

Let’s talk about Ty. Not the person. Rather the shortest and quickest possible way to tell someone Thank you.

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Found: How To Recover Our Sense of Calling

Have you ever lost your calling? In a previous article, Meryl Herr explored three reasons why we can lose our sense of calling. In this article, she offers a pathway for finding it. 

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Lost: Three Reasons We Lose Our Sense of Calling

Have you ever lost your calling? It can be so unsettling and disorienting. This article explores three reasons why we can lose our sense of calling. 

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What to Do When Work Disappoints

It’s not uncommon to experience disappointment at work. In fact, sometimes work can breaks our hearts. How can we handle the grief? 

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Go the Distance (Closed)

Go the Distance is a six-week cohort experience designed to help you achieve renewed perspective on your life and work. Together with your small…

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Alongside Mentoring Class (Registration Closed)

Alongside is a four-week class designed for individuals who are interested in becoming a mentor. Join us for our beta test class this fall. 

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Four Questions That Could Improve Your Mentoring Relationship

Here are four questions you could ask at your next mentoring meeting to evaluate and potentially improve your mentoring relationship.

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Overcoming Our Fear of Mentoring

You could come alongside someone who’s trying to make sense of what’s going on in their life.

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