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Says Boscov: Friends matter in retailing

Monday, November 24, 2014, 4:35 AM
When it comes to leadership, Albert Boscov, 85, puts a high premium on friendship, he told me during our Leadership Agenda interview published in Monday's Philadelphia Inquirer. The friends he made over 50 years in retailing helped him pull his family-run 43-store department store chain, Boscov's L... Read more

Why Bob McDevitt is no fan of Carl Icahn

Tuesday, November 18, 2014, 3:15 AM
When Bob McDevitt leads casino bartenders, housekeepers, food servers and other union members on a protest march on Atlantic City's Boardwalk Wednesday, the target will be policies set in motion by Carl Icahn, the billionaire investor whose company owns the Tropicana and whose affiliates control the... Read more

Atlantic City: Not dead yet, says union leader

Monday, November 17, 2014, 3:05 AM
"Everyone wants to write an obituary for Atlantic City," Bob McDevitt told me during our Leadership Agenda interview published in Monday's Philadelphia Inquirer. But, cautions McDevitt, president of the union representing the city's casino workers, those pundits should put away their pens. "Look... Read more

Renfrew leader: Learning lessons on leading women

Tuesday, November 11, 2014, 3:10 AM
In his business -- the treatment of eating disorders -- Samuel E. Menaged, founder and president of the Renfrew Center, finds himself surrounded by women. Not only are the clients, but the majority of employees, including the leadership team, are women. During our Leadership Agenda interview, published... Read more

Renfrew: Insurance helps, hurts eating disorder clients

Monday, November 10, 2014, 3:20 AM
Imagine this scenario: A woman in the throes of an eating disorder deliberately keeps herself dangerously thin during treatment. Why? Not because she wants to, but because she has to, in order to keep getting health insurers to reimburse her care. "It's tragic," Samuel E. Menaged, founder and president... Read more

Aramark's CEO: It's important to stay in touch

Monday, November 3, 2014, 3:30 AM
Almost to a person, chief executives worry about being out of touch, with customers, with employees. And, they are nearly unanimous that failing to take measures to stay in touch is one of the biggest and most common mistakes a CEO can make. Eric Foss, chief executive of Aramark Corp., was no different... Read more

SEPTA union leader: You need a thick skin

Monday, October 27, 2014, 3:25 AM
Here's what makes being a union leader different from being a leader in other businesses. You can be voted out. Imagine being able to vote out your boss! Interesting, right? That's what happened to Willie Brown, head of the union that represents SEPTA's bus drivers, cashiers, mechanics, trolley and... Read more

Moore's CEO on being Irish and the gathering of the green

Tuesday, October 21, 2014, 3:25 AM
Cecelia Fitzgibbon puts a lot of stock in being Irish -- she even credits it for helping her succeed at fund raising -- an increasingly important part of her job as president of Moore College of Art & Design. "I've found that being Irish is extremely helpful in raising money," she told me during... Read more

Moore CEO advice: Cracking the toughest nut

Monday, October 20, 2014, 3:10 AM
Cecelia Fitzgibbon, president of Moore College of Art & Design, had just hit age 30 when she landed the kind of position that usually goes to people much more senior. Fitzgibbon became executive director of the Delaware Division of the Arts and every single person on her staff was older than she... Read more

In Philadelphia: Safety for body and soul on the job

Tuesday, October 14, 2014, 2:45 AM
PECO's lobby was bustling with a celebration honoring the company's LGBT employees the day I went to interview Denis O'Brien for the Leadership Agenda column published in Monday's Philadelphia Inquirer. "I express two key values here -- safety and culture," said O'Brien, who oversees PECO and two other... 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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