For more than twenty-five years Ralph Jacobson provided innovative solutions for Fortune 50 organizations as well as emerging growth companies in a wide variety of industries. He was the founder and Principal of The Leader's Toolbox, a company focused on creating distributed leadership capacity and developing organization competencies. He held executive Human Resource positions with Medtronic, Crosfield Dicomed, and General Growth Center Companies. He had been an adjunct faculty at the University of St. Thomas in the executive MBA program as well as the Physician's Leadership College.
Ralph has written extensively in the areas of leadership and organization change. His book, Leading for a Change: How to Master the Five Challenges Faced by Every Leader, published in 2000, was named one of the top business books by mgeneral.com. The book created the framework to build The Leader's Toolbox methodology. His second book, Getting Unstuck: Using Leadership Paradox to Execute with Confidence was published in 2014. He contributed articles to The Change Champion's Field Guide,the American Management Association's, MWorld, American Executive, Chief Learning Officer Magazine, and American College of Physicians Executive journal.
Ralph was recognized in multiple years by Leadership Excellence magazine as one of the top ten leadership developers in the country. He was also recognized by the magazine in 2005 as providing one of the most innovative leadership development solutions.
Ralph received the American Express Quality Award for his consulting work. He was an examiner for the Minnesota euality Award. He holds advanced degrees in psychology and human resources from The Ohio State University and the University of Minnesota.
Ralph resides in Minneapolis, Minnesota with his wife of 45 years.