5 Ways That Businesses Can Help Promote The Mental Wellness Of Their Employees

June 16, 2023 | Events, Philosophy

William F. Merck II, Author, Leader, Speaker

by William F. Merck II

Events | Philosophy

Excerpt from my Q&A with Jake Frankel of Authority Magazine on how every business needs programs that address mental wellness.

As a part of my series about the “5 Ways That Businesses Can Help Promote The Mental Wellness Of Their Employees” I had the pleasure of interviewing William F. Merck II (Bill).

Bill Merck’s career includes decades of leadership roles in higher education, the military, and the private and public sectors of the working world. He shares valuable lessons learned with current and aspiring leaders to enhance their opportunities for success and personal enlightenment in his recent books on leadership and developing a personal philosophy of life.

Thank you so much for doing this with us! Before we dive into our discussion, our readers would love to “get to know you” a bit better. Can you share with us the backstory about what brought you to your specific career path?

That is a very fitting question. I take the idea of using a “backstory,” among other significant insights, to illustrate the influences your life experiences have on the path you take in life and how you view the world in my recent book, Breadcrumbs; Finding a Philosophy of Life.

As for what brought me to my specific career path and world views, I believe it has to do in part with the life I had as a child, being around creative people, observing military veterans of World Wars I and II, and having a father who owned his own business. Growing up in a segregated society — and then later being involved with people from all ethnic and cultural backgrounds, people from other countries and from all walks of life — increasingly opened my eyes to an immensely larger and more rewarding world with each passing year.

I worked in different jobs through high school and college, and after three years in the military, which included a two-year assignment in Germany, I found a position at a college in Virginia. That led to a forty-six-year career in leadership jobs in higher education administration.

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Bill’s book, Breadcrumbs: Finding a Philosophy of Life is available on Amazon. Read excerpts from the book here.

Breadcrumbs: Finding a Philosophy of Life by William F. Merck II

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Breadcrumbs: Finding a Philosophy of Life is now available in paperback and e-book editions.

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Early experiences and the environment in which they take place set the stage for a personal understanding of what and how life works.

Interview with Heather Hansen O’Neill: From Fear to Fire

In this interview, I share with Heather Hansen O’Neill leadership secrets to overcoming fear, embracing your gifts, and achieving success.

The Perfect Leader Myth

Searching for and selecting the leadership team for an organization is a crucial exercise for organizational success.

Harvard Bookstore Presentation

A fall trip to Cambridge, Massachusetts, proved to be an exciting adventure and a wonderful experience for a new author.

Interactions with Purpose

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Afternoon Live Interview on KATU

Bill gives some leadership tips in an interview with KATU host Kara Mack on Afternoon Live.

Order versus Creativity

Existing rules should not paralyze your creative thinking as you face new or changing circumstances.

Knowing Yourself: Tips and Questions Worth Pondering

Bill’s guest article for Ms. Career Girl on knowing why you are who you are is a critical ingredient for success in life and in the workplace.

WJAC TV Interview on Military Recruitment Challenges

As the U.S. Army battles recruitment challenges, Bill suggests how innovative efforts can attract a new generation of soldiers.

Faces of Leadership: Appearance on the Donna Seebo Show

Bill shares his experience and insights into what it takes to become a leader with Donna Seebo on her show, Faces of Leadership.

Bill’s Interview with ABC’s Good Morning Delmarva on Improving Mental Health

Bill discuses improving mental health at work and provides tips on managing stress at work.

Donna Seebo Interview on Becoming Your Own Personal Investigator

Donna and I discuss understanding how your beliefs are formed, and why your thinking has evolved into its present place in your life.

Meet Bill

William F. Merck has a lifetime of experiences in the working world that contributed to his success in a variety of leadership roles.

Available on Amazon

So, You Want to Be a LEADER


Being a leader is not easy for anyone. Thankfully, this book transforms more than a half-century of leadership experiences into a practical handbook for those looking to excel in leadership roles. In candid fashion, So, You Want to Be a Leader: Secrets of a Lifetime of Success, reveals what works—along with an unvarnished examination of what doesn’t—in a myriad of work-related situations.

On Leadership

LEADER

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BREADCRUMBS: Finding a Philosophy of Life


In Bill’s new book released on March 14, 2023, the author uses stories from his life’s journey to illustrate points in time that helped form his view of the world and his place in it. From growing up in Southern Georgia in the 1940s, to becoming a military officer and a corporate leader, he discovers a nexus between early feelings and subsequent notions and beliefs.

On Philosophy

BREADCRUMBS