Friday, May 22, 2015

From janitor to manager: 'Undercover Boss' changed his life

Friday, May 22, 2015, 3:50 AM
When Kurtis Deal, then a janitor at Forman Mills' West Philadelphia store, realized that his trainee "Brad Bandini" was actually the chief executive of his company, his heart rose into his throat. Because, in between cleaning bathrooms and sweeping floors, Deal had let Bandini know what he really thought... Read more

Is the mall dead? Au contraire, says mall CEO

Saturday, May 16, 2015, 7:10 AM
But isn't the mall dead, our photographer asked Joseph F. Coradino as we wrapped up his Leadership Agenda interview published in Sunday's Philadelphia Inquirer. It was like waving a red flag at a bull, because Coradino, the chief executive of a company which owns the Cherry Hill Mall, the Gallery,... Read more

Responsible, even when it's not working

Tuesday, May 12, 2015, 2:40 AM
When I think about what Will Fuller does, it makes me anxious. You can't take any responsibility lightly as a major executive, but some responsibilities carry more weight. In Fuller's case, he manages $120 billion in annuity assets at Lincoln Financial Group's Annuity Solutions division and he told... Read more

Financial planning by the decade

Monday, May 11, 2015, 3:50 AM
Will Fuller is only 44, a long way from retirement, but his responsibilities as president of Lincoln Financial Group Annuity Solutions, which manages $120 billion in assets, mean that retirement (other people’s) is on his mind every day. During our Leadership Agenda interview, which is published... Read more

CEO takes his own medicine

Monday, May 4, 2015, 3:50 AM
It's got to be tough to the chief executive of a company that prides itself on helping other companies help their employees achieve full potential in line with company strategies. Setting a good example is key. So, imagine how it would feel for someone like Stephen Kaye, chief executive of the Hay... Read more

Talking about talking: The lost art of conversation

Monday, April 27, 2015, 3:55 AM
When we had our Leadership Agenda interview, Hernan Guaracao, the publisher, founder and owner of Al Dia, a leading Latino publication in Philadelphia, and I talked a lot about conversation and finding a slower pace in life. Guaracao told me about a bench he had seen in a park where when two people... Read more

A union's take on bootleg music and movies -- those are our jobs

Thursday, April 23, 2015, 3:10 AM
Part of the problem of the problem with piracy in the arts, says Michael Barnes, head of the Philadelphia local of the stagehands union, is that it's hard to visualize the consequences when bootleg copies of movies, television shows and music are sold outside their normal channels. "If people were... Read more

Caring for caregivers

Monday, April 20, 2015, 2:30 AM
In the end, the success of Accolade Inc. depends on personal relationships. Individual patients or their caregivers have to connect with a health assistant and come to rely on their expertise to navigate health care. It's a tough job and in our Leadership Agenda interview, published in Monday's Philadelphia... Read more

Jump start your job search

Wednesday, April 8, 2015, 3:20 AM
I met human resource professional Amy Dinning years ago when I spent 60 days profiling one unemployed person after another. At the time, Dinning was working as a contract professional in what is becoming an increasingly common way of work for white-collar workers who lose their full time jobs. When... Read more

Debt, lawsuits, investor woes -- and a vision: That's how Saxbys began

Monday, March 30, 2015, 3:50 AM
Nick Bayer's Saxbys Coffee story sounds almost like a fairy tale. Blue-collar background, tapped for an Ivy League education, deciding he wants to run his own business, miraculously landing a job (thanks to that Cornell pedigree) in a business consulting firm to learn business from the inside. All... Read more
About this blog

Jobbing covers the workplace – employment, unemployment, management, unions, legal issues, labor economics, benefits, work-life balance, workforce development, trends and profiles.

Jane M. Von Bergen writes about workplace issues for the Inquirer.

Married to a photographer she met at her college newspaper, Von Bergen has been a reporter since fourth grade, covering education, government, retailing, courts, marketing and business. “I love the specific detail that tells the story,” she says.

Reach Jane M. at jvonbergen@phillynews.com.

Jane M. Von Bergen Inquirer Staff Writer
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