By Cari Kraft, Jacobs Management Group

This month’s theme is motivating yourself! Taking a line from Ted Talks, here are four videos to help you start your day, read people better, get out of your own way, or face a daunting challenge.

We All Could Learn a Lesson From Her

No matter what you think about positive affirmations, you have to admit that this feels good. What do you do to start your day? (Just be careful on that vanity!)

Try Something For 30 Days

What do you want to do? What do you want to stop doing? If either seems like a big challenge, here’s a way to whittle it down to a manageable success. This three-minute video should give you an idea of how to make that happen.


It’s amazing how quickly we all go to blame. Try a little test: how far into your day do you get before your catch yourself blaming someone for something? Here’s an alternative, and how to look at things from a brighter angle.

Body Language

In commercial positions we are all in the role of influencing others. Before we even speak, we give an impression with the way we look—our body language. This is a short, simple overview of how our first impression affects our communication. Watch this and I am sure you will change one thing forever.

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Cari Kraft leads a team of master level recruiters at Jacobs Management Group, celebrating 20+ years of executive recruiting in the healthcare (pharmaceutical, medical device, biotechnology) and high-tech industries, nationally. Prior to joining Jacobs Management Group, Ms. Kraft has held positions as a Senior Sales Executive, Director of Business Development and Director of Marketing. She also has deep knowledge of the technology/startup fields, having been in the industry through the rise of the Internet. Ms. Kraft is a University of Pennsylvania/Wharton alumnus holding a degree in economics and decision sciences. Cari can be reached at