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The Jacobson Journal: An Insurance Talent Blog

Leadership in the Virtual Environment: New Podcast

Posted by The Jacobson Group on Nov 12, 2021 1:32:59 PM

Insurance leaders are continuing to evolve their styles and strategies to accommodate shifting business and employee needs. While this may look different depending on individual teams, departments and organizations, the need for engaged and productive employees is universal.

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Topics: culture, Work-At-Home, leadership

Developing Leaders for Tomorrow’s Actuarial Teams

Posted by Brad Whatley on Nov 8, 2021 10:02:08 AM

One of the pressing topics within the actuarial community is how to grow and develop good actuaries into great managers. The actuarial profession is built upon solid technical skills and ongoing development. An analytical mindset and the ability to comprehend complex data sets and numbers create a firm foundation for any young actuary. However, as individuals step into management roles, they must augment this knowledge with leadership skills to be truly successful.

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Topics: Talent, leadership

Celebrating 50 Years: Insights from Our Co-CEOs

Posted by The Jacobson Group on Aug 13, 2021 10:31:20 AM

This year marks The Jacobson Group’s golden anniversary. We are excited to celebrate 50 years of successfully connecting insurance organizations with the talent they need to drive success. As we reflect on a half-century in business, our co-CEOs, Greg Jacobson and Rick Jacobson, sat down for a Q&A about their time at Jacobson and how the industry has changed in the past several decades. For more of their responses, view the trailer episode of our new podcast, The Insurance Talent Podcast.

 

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Topics: company culture, leadership

Building Loyalty Among the Executive Ranks

Posted by Gregory P. Jacobson and Brett Carter on Jun 15, 2021 3:09:30 PM

As insurers begin to reopen physical offices and adapt to the post-pandemic workplace, strong leadership and fluid strategies are key components for successfully moving forward. However, the industry’s talent landscape remains competitive, especially in terms of attracting and retaining those at the executive level. We’re seeing increased movement in the leadership ranks, as professionals who were delaying career moves due to the uncertainty of COVID-19 are exploring their options and evaluating their long-term career plans. Organizations must remain future-focused, build loyalty among leaders and their successors, and approach executive compensation through a new lens.

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Topics: leadership

Making Meaningful Progress Toward Racial Equity Within Insurance

Posted by The Jacobson Group on May 14, 2021 9:30:00 AM

Most insurance professionals will agree that a diverse, inclusive and equitable workforce is essential; however, progress toward making this goal a reality has been slow. In the past decade, the number of Black individuals working in insurance rose by just 3 percentage points, to 12% in 2020. This lack of diversity is especially apparent within the C-suite and other leadership roles. According to Reuters, only three of 168 senior executives and 13 of 119 board members at the top 10 U.S. insurers and brokers (by market value) are Black. There is still much work to be done; yet many organizations are often unsure of where to begin or how to make a meaningful impact.

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Topics: Diversity, Insurance, leadership