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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

How to have a life, if you're the boss

Tuesday, April 1, 2014, 3:55 AM
So how does a person in charge of 8,000 employees in more than a dozen countries, stretching over 5,000 miles on two continents develop a work life balance? "It's a work in process," says Donald Lewis, chief executive of SCA Americas. SCA Americas is the U.S. division of a Swedish company that sells... Read more

What scares CEOs

Monday, March 31, 2014, 3:55 AM
You know what scares CEOs? They are petrified that they aren't going to find out something important about their companies because they are too sheltered by the people who directly report to them. They experience constant tension between the responsibilities of their position and, in many cases, the... Read more

Why executives are different from the rest of us

Friday, March 28, 2014, 12:57 PM
Executives give back to the community. The rest of us volunteer or donate. Read more

Fry on leadership: Knowing when to quit

Tuesday, March 25, 2014, 2:45 AM
A real trick in leadership is knowing when to quit and a real hazard is hanging in too long. A common mistake chief executives make is "when things start to go wrong, not being constructively critical enough to say, `This isn’t the right path. This isn’t working,' even if you have an investment... 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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