Saturday, October 10, 2015

Run a nonprofit? Get a line of credit

Saturday, October 3, 2015, 10:00 AM
Run a nonprofit? Want to sleep at night? The trick, said Diane Menio, leader of a small Philadelphia nonprofit advocacy group, is to establish a line of credit when times are good. It was a lesson she learned the hard way, she told me during our Executive Q&A published in Sunday's Philadelphia... Read more

CEO's advice: Know your numbers

Saturday, September 26, 2015, 10:00 AM
Whether a nonprofit runs a budget of $163 million like Catholic Human Services, or not much over a hundred thousand like my church, paying attention to the numbers is crucial for the top executives, even if they don't hold the title of chief financial officer, Joseph Sweeney, Secretary of Catholic... Read more

CEO lesson: Walking in the workers' shoes

Saturday, September 19, 2015, 10:10 AM
Long before Undercover Boss made its way onto television, Michael Bowman instituted his own version as he rose through the ranks of the hospitality industry. "It was a program that I swear by, that I've worked my whole career," Bowman told me during our Executive Q&A interview published in Sunday's... Read more

Everything I know about business I learned as president of the student council

Tuesday, September 15, 2015, 3:55 AM
Well, maybe not everything, but let's skip right to the moral of this story: Don't simply sit on your posterior in college and don't just bury your head in your books. Get involved, because the lessons you'll learn will pay off, just as they did for Christopher Franklin, 50, who now is the chief executive... Read more

New CEO: Ex-boss' meeting method had to change, pronto

Saturday, September 12, 2015, 10:00 AM
What if your boss called a meeting, got too many people in the room, started two hours late and routinely interrupted the meeting to answer personal cell phone calls? That's how former CEO Nick DeBenedictis ran meetings at Aqua America Inc. and it was one of the first company cultural changes that... Read more

The health and safety of the labor movement

Saturday, September 5, 2015, 10:10 AM
Could a focus on health and safety revitalize the flagging labor movement? Absolutely, says Barbara Rahke, a former union organizer who now heads PhilaPOSH, the union and foundation-funded worker safety and advocacy organization. She also heads a similar national organization, the National Council... Read more

Helping young folks make their next moves

Saturday, August 29, 2015, 10:00 AM
Of course, being the chief executive, Jay Spector, isn't going to admit to any favorites among the variety of programs operated by JEVS Human Services, formerly known as Jewish Employment and Vocational Services. But, he did, during our executive question and answer interview published in Sunday's... Read more

American Airlines exec measures his kingdom at the Philadelphia airport

Tuesday, August 25, 2015, 3:05 AM
Cedric Rockamore has done it so often that he takes it for granted -- the view from the air traffic control tower that helps American Airlines monitor its huge footprint at the Philadelphia International Airport. Below are the sweep of planes, the runways, the bustling trucks and baggage vehicles moving... Read more

Boss' dilemma: Gaining the courage to fire

Saturday, August 22, 2015, 10:40 AM
Toughest part of being a top exec? Getting up the confidence to move quickly to fire people when necessary. "You’ve got to do it expeditiously," Cedric Rockamore told me during our executive question and answer interview published in Sunday's Philadelphia Inquirer. Rockamore oversees the work... Read more

Firstrust bank CEO banks on character

Tuesday, August 18, 2015, 3:35 AM
Richard Green, the chairman and chief executive of Firstrust Bank, headquartered in Conshohocken, runs other businesses as well -- real estate ventures, a resort and even the Eagles. Except for the bank, which he oversees, he relies on professional managers to run his businesses. Picking the right... Read more
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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.

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