Ralph Jacobson

For more than twenty-five years Ralph provided innovative solutions for Fortune 50 organizations as well as emerging growth companies in a wide variety of industries. For the last twenty years he has been the Principal of The Leader’s Toolbox Inc. He has held executive Human Resource positions with Medtronic, Crosfield Dicomed, and General Growth Center Companies.

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. He contributed to The Change Champion’s Field Guide and Getting it Done published by the American College of Physician Executives. He published articles in Chief Executive Magazine, The American Management Association’s, MWorld, American Executive, Chief Learning Officer Magazine, and American College of Physician Executives journals.

Ralph holds advanced degrees in City Planning and psychology from The Ohio State University and human resources from the University of Minnesota.

For the last six years, Ralph has been recognized by Leadership Excellence Magazine as one of the top ten leadership developers/coaches in the country. He was also recognized by the magazine in 2005 as providing one of the most innovative leadership development solutions.

Ralph served as adjunct faculty at the University of St. Thomas for more than ten years. He taught in the Executive MBA program and is currently teaching in the Physician’s Leadership College as well as the Executive Masters of Healthcare Administration program, University of Minnesota.

Ralph resides in Minneapolis, Minnesota with his wife of 34 years.