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Jody Jacobson, PhD, MSBA

Dr. Jody Jacobson is the President of Jacobson Coaching and Consulting. As a strategic thinking partner, practice management coach, and consultant, Jody helps her clients get next level success faster and for the long-term. She works with financial advisors and business leaders who care deeply about enhancing their clients’ well-being while creating a more vital business for themselves and their team. Jody helps them zoom out to see the big picture and act strategically so they get next level results. She also helps them “put on their own oxygen mask first” so their business thrives, and they can do more of the work they love, long-term.

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With over 20 years of experience working with business owners and leaders, Jody helps her clients achieve rapid results while building long-term success. Whether you want to convert more ideal clients, increase per client revenues, get more done in less time, hire and retain an assistant, or systematize your business, she will help you have the strategy, focus, and know-how to be the best you in your business and life. Never one-size-fits-all, she tailors her approach to each client's unique needs and style.

Jody finds that financial advisors (and others) often get stuck because of fundamental problems with their business and marketing strategies or mindset—not knowing when to zoom out from details to see the big picture, perfectionism, doing without defining a clear purpose or target market, using approaches that no longer work for them, and undervaluing their time and expertise. She demystifies the business and marketing sides of business, which is why her clients typically say, “Wow, now that you’ve made it so simple, I can do that!”

Jody works with a limited number of clients each year. If you’d like to talk with Jody about your business goals and aspirations, please use the box on this page to schedule a complimentary 20-minute Get Acquainted Call.

Jody's Credentials:

  • PhD in Social Psychology and Organizations from Tilburg University (The Netherlands)
  • MSBA in Management-Organizational Dynamics from Bucknell University
  • Certified Book Yourself Solid® Marketing Coach
  • Certified Appreciative Inquiry Master Practitioner (strength-based coach and facilitator) from Case Western Reserve University and NTL
  • Author of Organizational ADD: Refocusing Your Business for Growth – Strategic Thinking for Long-term Profitability.
  • Recognized expert on transforming “accidental adversaries” dynamics in individuals and businesses— when decisions and actions unintentionally sabotage business owners' and team success. Dr. Eric Schmidt, Alphabet Chairman and former Google CEO, offered rave reviews about the importance of her work for leaders dealing with the people side of business.

Ed Jacobson, PhD, MBA

Building on the legacy of Dr. Ed Jacobson, financial industry thought leader and former Co-President of Jacobson Coaching and Consulting. While Ed has passed, his work is carried forward by his protégé and life partner, Jody Jacobson, PhD (half of "The Jacobson Pair-O-Docs"), and by all whose practices and lives Ed touched.

Ed was a highly esteemed financial industry executive coach, practice management and leadership consultant, speaker, trainer, and author with over 20 years of experience working with financial advisory firm owners and leaders, independent financial advisors, and life planners from new to retiring. He helped his clients break through to next level growth in their business and their life, and to truly “show up."

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Ed coached and consulted with clients on business and personal development issues including dealing with business and personal transitions, the people side of success planning, integrating a strengths-based orientation throughout the firm, bringing life planning approaches into a technically-minded practice, building high-functioning teams, and having difficult conversations with staff and clients. In addition, he customizes and conducts Client Appreciation Events and Staff Retreats for financial planning and advisory firms.

Ed pioneered the application of positive psychology and neuroscience to the financial planning and advising process, client engagement, professional and personal development, and successful practice management. He introduced Positive Financial Planning™, Power Tools for Professionals™, and Mindful Listening for Professionals™ frameworks, all of which have been enthusiastically embraced. He was a long-time Trainer and Mentor for the Kinder Institute of Life Planning, and collaborated with the Sudden Money Institute, Money Quotient, and the Garrett Planning Network.

Ed spoke widely on behavioral science applications in financial advisory methodology, leadership, and practice management at FPA, AICPA, and other industry conferences and authored or co-authored numerous articles published in leading finance journals.

Ed's seminal work, Appreciative Moments: Practices for Living and Working Appreciatively can be purchased on Amazon.com. His book has been widely read and enjoyed by people in the financial planning industry and beyond.

Ed's Credentials:

  • PhD in Clinical Psychology from Indiana University.
  • MBA  from the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania.
  • Before starting his own business, Ed was a:
    • Consultant with KPMG's Executive Compensation Practice with a focus on change management, and
    • Psychology professor at San Diego State University.

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