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From lending money to raising money

Monday, May 5, 2014, 3:50 AM
Except when they are begging the government for a bailout, bankers don't usually need to do fund-raising. So, in 2006, when Wachovia bank regional president Vikram H. Dewan became chief executive at the Philadelphia Zoo, he had to add fund-raising to his job description. "I like doing it," he told... Read more

Former Eagle Jaworski: Quarterbacking a decision

Tuesday, April 29, 2014, 2:00 AM
So how does being a quarterback influence one's business leadership style? "As a quarterback, you have no more than three seconds to make a decision," former Eagles quarterback Ron Jaworski told me during our Leadership Agenda interview published in Monday's Philadelphia Inquirer. "And your decision... Read more

Jaworski: U.S. colleges want to advertise through arena football in China

Monday, April 28, 2014, 3:55 AM
Average attendance for a Philadelphia Souls game has hovered around 10,000 for years, although it topped 12,000 recently. The very first game arena football game played in China drew an audience of 9,800, former NFL quarterback Ron Jaworski told me during our Leadership Agenda interview in Monday's... Read more

QVC tutors Schick on understanding insurer's customers

Tuesday, April 22, 2014, 4:40 AM
What do a television shopping channel and a health insurance company have in common? Both of them have lots of customers. But do UnitedHealthcare's customers -- the people whom they insure -- feel as kindly toward their insurance company as QVC's customers feel toward QVC when after they just finished... Read more

What an executive needs: Support at home

Monday, April 21, 2014, 3:30 AM
Working women love to joke that what they really need is a wife. It's a complicated subject for Sue Schick, chief executive of UnitedHealthcare of Pennsylvania and Delaware whose husband, Will, decided to leave his teaching career and raise their three sons, George, 25, Andy, 23 and Will, 17. We talked... Read more

Wanted, not wanted: Factory workers

Tuesday, April 15, 2014, 11:45 AM
Right now, there are open positions for manufacturing workers at Blommer Chocolate Co. in upper Montgomery County. The plant's director of operations, Chris Milligan, told me that even hourly workers are hard to find. I wondered why, but then I got an email that gave me a clue. Let's start with the... Read more

Deciding to join the family business

Tuesday, April 15, 2014, 5:00 AM
Peter Blommer counts his family's business, Blommer Chocolate Co., as a success story. But when Blommer, now 50, was a young man, about to embark on his career, he had no intention of joining the company, now in its 75th year. Now he's the president and chief operating officer, running the company... Read more

Joining the family business: How to prepare

Monday, April 14, 2014, 2:55 AM
Thinking about whether to enter the family business? Whether the family business is large, like Blommer Chocolate Co., or small, like the mom-and-pop deli or repair garage, the question of generational transition will inevitably arise. Actually, it's two questions: Does the family business want to... Read more

CEO lesson: Learning to be the "face" of his organization

Tuesday, April 8, 2014, 3:55 AM
If he had his way, Mark Edwards wouldn't show up in the news. Instead, he'd keep his focus on the tasks at hand. That's fine for folks who aren't CEOs, but it's different for leaders of organizations. And that was a lesson that Edwards, now chief executive of Philadelphia Works Inc., had to learn as... Read more

Mark Edwards' job advice: Read, network and stay encouraged

Monday, April 7, 2014, 3:30 AM
Mark Edwards runs Philadelphia Works -- an important local agency in the effort to connect people to jobs. So, what's his advice for landing work? I asked him that question during our Leadership Agenda interview published in Monday's Philadelphia Inquirer. Here's his response: "Read as many of the... 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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