By Cari Kraft, Jacobs Management Group

With just a bit more chaos each day in the headlines, it’s always welcome to find something humorous or inspirational to kick off your morning. As usual, here are our picks for a meeting opener that will lighten the load, get staff thinking, and bring a little more energy to your workday.

How to Sound Like a Leader

Presenting to a group is very much like acting: you want to make a certain impression, which depends on the way you say things as much as what you say. In other words, practice and perfect your “vocal executive presence.”

Can Happiness Be a Competitive Advantage?

Shawn Achor’s book points the way to being more resourceful, effective and decisive. Surprise: it’s all about cultivating happiness. Three positives to every negative!

Crossing the Conflict Bridge

Is resolving differences about winning—or looking for a win-win? A short animated video to use when you need to defuse the tension of a team.

Quantum Leaps in Healthcare

We know we work in an extraordinary field. Here’s more evidence of how our colleagues all over healthcare are making life better…and better…and better.

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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

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