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RobertJakeJacobs
Works at Polarity Partnerships
Attended University of Michigan
Lives in Toledo, OH
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Real Time Strategic Change Consultant
Employment
  • Polarity Partnerships
    President, Consulting Services, present
  • Ford, University of Michigan, Dannemiller Tyson Associates, Mercer Delta, 5 oceans, Winds of Change Group
  • Winds of Change Group
    Founder, 2006 - 2012
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Toledo, OH
Previously
Los Angeles, CA - Ann Arbor, MI, Chelsea, MI, Los Angeles, CA
Story
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I have worked with a wide variety of clients facing very different change challenges, one thread runs through all of his work: achieving fast and lasting results.
Introduction
I am currently President of Consulting Services for Polarity Partnerships, an organization committed to Continuity and Transformation for Individuals, Organizations and the Planet.

Why do some organizations work and others don’t? I’ve been curious about that question since my first real job on the assembly line of an ice cream novelty manufacturing plant and my second, tending bar in college. As a pioneer in the field of large group interventions, I have continued my discoveries about better ways for people and organizations to change. My consulting, writing, and teaching have all helped me continue in answering that question. I’ve worked with some of the largest corporations in the world including American Express, Corning, Ford, The Home Depot, Marriott, Mobil, and PriceWaterhouseCoopers. I’ve also supported major change efforts with the City of New York, the U.S. National Forest Service and Environmental Protection Agency and the United Kingdom’s National Health and Employment Services. Writing has been a great way for me to get clearer about what I believe and how I work. In addition to regular postings to my blog, I’ve written articles for Strategy and Leadership, Executive Excellence, Leader to Leader, Strategic HR Review, and Consulting to Management.
 
I've authored and co-authored several books:
Notre Dame’s Executive Education Program, the U.S. Navy’s Postgraduate Institute, Roffey Park Management Institute in England, and St. Thomas University have all been ways to continue my own learning while teaching others. Through my consulting work I’ve adopted (and been adopted) by a number of theatres including The Performance Network in Ann Arbor, MI, the 24th Street Theatre and The Theatre at Boston Court in Los Angeles. My work with nonprofit organizations including Autism411.net , The Child Care Network of Michigan, Temple Beth Emeth in Ann Arbor, St. Mary’s Student Parish at the University of Michigan, and The Accelerated School in Los Angeles have also been an important part of my practice.

I recently joined forces with Barry Johnson and Leslie DePol to form Polarity Partnerships, where I am the President of our Global Consulting Services. After working with Barry for years, I reframed the Real Time Strategic Change principles into a set of six key polarities that need to be well leveraged to create fast and sustainable change. These principles, along with Polarity Thinking, form the foundation of The Polarity Assessment for Continuity and Transformation and our consulting practice.

Before beginning my consulting career, I worked as an internal consultant at Ford, director of the University of Michigan’s Athletic Tutorial Program, an investigator at Institute for Social Research, and an interior garage painter (my first entrepreneurial business).

I now call Toledo home once again having returned after more than 30 years away, driving my 84 year old Dad to work and every now and then stopping by Mom and Dad's for a home cooked meal . My two children, Alison and Aaron live in the Los Angeles area.
Education
  • University of Michigan
    BA, Psychology
  • Pepperdine University
    Masters, Organizational Development
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