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CEO prayer: Bosses, don't become tyrants

Tuesday, September 16, 2014, 4:00 AM
Given the money they make, given the power they have, chief executives need to struggle to avoid becoming tyrants, Krishna P. Singh told me during our Leadership Agenda interview published in Monday's Philadelphia Inquirer. Question: What is the biggest and most common mistake a CEO can make? Answer:... Read more

Camden vs. Carolina: Can our workforce stack up?

Monday, September 15, 2014, 3:20 AM
Before Krishna P. Singh, chief executive of Holtec International, decided to expand in Camden, he flirted, seriously with South Carolina. Chief among its attractions was its workforce, Singh told me during our Leadership Agenda interview published in Monday's Philadelphia Inquirer. "In the beginning... Read more

Lessons from leaders

Monday, September 8, 2014, 3:50 AM
As chief executive of the Greater Philadelphia Chamber of Commerce, Rob Wonderling rubs elbows with a lot of other executives, particularly the ones who chair his board. In his five years at the helm, Wonderling has worked with three of the city's top executives -- David Cohen, William Hankowsky and... Read more

Selling unions to union members

Tuesday, September 2, 2014, 3:00 AM
How can the union movement be made strong again? Start with the union members themselves, Patrick J. Eiding, the president of the Philadelphia Council of the AFL-CIO, told me during our Leadership Agenda interview in Monday's Philadelphia Inquirer. "The biggest thing we do wrong -- we don’t... Read more

Ten things Philly's top labor leader wants you to know about unions

Monday, September 1, 2014, 3:05 AM
1. Employers and union members both have the same aim, Patrick J. Eiding, president of the Philadelphia Council of the AFL-CIO, told me in our Leadership Agenda interview published in Monday's Philadelphia Inquirer. They like to make money. That's a general truism, but In this case, Eiding is talking... Read more

Beating back the recession

Tuesday, August 26, 2014, 3:10 AM
When the recession hit, continuing care communities such as those run by ACTS Retirement-Life Communities got walloped, chief executive Mark Vanderbeck told me during our Leadership Agenda interview published in Monday's Philadelphia Inquirer. Residents typically fund their stays in these communities... Read more

Resident advisers: Retirement home CEO taps into senior management

Monday, August 25, 2014, 3:20 AM
Leadership lessons can be learned anywhere, and for Mark Vanderbeck, who runs a nonprofit chain of residences for the elderly, the school can be as close as the facility's dining room. "I've always said, `if you use it right, your interaction with residents is like going to grad school every day,'... Read more

Learning by example: How to stay in touch

Tuesday, August 19, 2014, 3:05 AM
Like many CEOs, John Crowe, who leads 15,000 employees as the chief executive of Saint-Gobain's North American division, worries about being out of touch -- with employees, with customers, with vendors. "I think CEOs can get too insulated and stay in their ivory towers," Crowe told me during our Leadership... Read more

CEO trades in his corner office for a desk in an open work space.

Monday, August 18, 2014, 3:25 AM
When Saint-Gobain/CertainTeed moves into new headquarters in Malvern, there'll be a lot of changes. For one thing, there won't be a need for buckets to catch leaky drips, necessary now in the current headquarters in Valley Forge, says John Crowe, CEO of the North American division of Saint Gobain... Read more

Rat hair in the chocolate

Monday, August 11, 2014, 2:30 AM
Rick Forman started in retail in 1977 with a $80 stake from his father -- enough to buy shirts to sell at flea markets. Now he runs Forman Mills, a big retail chain with 2,700 employees and $275 million in sales. "Someone said to me, `You are not in the schmata business now. You are in the people business... 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.

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