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Big Apple vs. Cracked Bell -- getting graduates to stay in Philadelphia

Monday, January 20, 2014, 4:10 AM
What does Philadelphia need to make it a world-class region? It needs its college graduates to stick around, said Robert J. McNeill, the newly-elected chairman of the Economy League of Greater Philadelphia. "Philadelphia already is a great region to live work and play," McNeill said in our Leadership... Read more

Recipe for disaster: Cooking the books

Monday, January 20, 2014, 3:10 AM
So what makes someone cook the books? That's the question I posed to Robert J. McNeill, who used to head Deloitte's audit practice in Philadelphia and now manages the entire office. "I’ve seen situations and things that have happened," he said during our Leadership Agenda interview published... Read more

Workplace kudos: AgustaWestland

Thursday, January 16, 2014, 6:01 PM
AgustaWestland Philadelphia received the Patriot Award from the Pennsylvania Committee for Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve for “outstanding support of our brave men and women serving in the Guard or Reserve.” Over 30 percent of the helicopter manufacturer's employees are current... Read more

Hi. I'm Capt. Kirk and I need a job

Thursday, January 16, 2014, 12:05 AM
OK, maybe the applicant didn't dress up like Star Trek's Captain Kirk for the job interview. But whatever Trekkie identity the applicant assumed, it didn't impress the hiring manager, who sent the applicant trekking out the door. It's time for CareerBuilder's annual report on job interview oops moments... Read more

Management by the book at AgustaWestland

Tuesday, January 14, 2014, 4:40 AM
William Hunt's AgustaWestland isn't the first company I've heard about has used a book to engender important discussions in the workforce. At the AgustaWestland helicopter factory in Northeast Philadelphia, the book is "The Speed of Trust: The One Thing That Changes Everything," by Stephen M.R. Covey... Read more

Doing business in Italy -- Philadelphia-style

Monday, January 13, 2014, 3:55 AM
If you can't handle working internationally, you probably won't get hired at AgustaWestland Philadelphia, the Italian-owned helicopter manufacturing plant in Northeast Philadelphia. "You have to be open to that mindset," said William Hunt, the chief executive, during our Leadership Agenda interview... Read more

Data drives passion in the second half of a career

Tuesday, January 7, 2014, 4:00 AM
It used to be that pediatrician John Tedeschi found his passion in caring for children -- being part of their families, enjoy babies. Now it's data that excites him and the power of it to improve care. "I really latched onto that with something called population management care coordination," Tedeschi... Read more

Using food manufacturing to nourish other jobs

Friday, January 3, 2014, 11:56 AM
Philadelphia's manufacturing relies on food production, which does have advantages in our city's economy. One of them is that food production doesn't require as skilled a workforce as another area job producer -- pharmaceuticals. "That can provide opportunities for people to get employment with lesser... Read more

Nutrisystem CEO tap dances around corporate change

Tuesday, December 31, 2013, 3:15 AM
When the publicist from Nutrisystem sent around a bio of Dawn Zier, the Fort Washington weight loss company's new CEO, there was no mention of her background as a tap dancer. But there should have been, because at one point, in the executive ranks at her prior company, she reported to four CEOs in... Read more

Engineering a turnaround? From MIT to Nutrisystem

Monday, December 30, 2013, 3:15 AM
No offense to chief executives, but why would someone with a degree in electrical engineering and computer science from MIT choose to run a non-engineering business -- even a big business like Nutrisystem? Shouldn't someone with that kind of top-notch pedigree be off inventing something? That's 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.

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