What's good about Philadelphia? People tend to stick around -- generation to generation, even in the same neighborhood. What's bad about Philadelphia? People tend to stick around. They don't want to leave. That tendency has posed a problem that Cardone Industries' CEO has never encountered anywhere else he worked on the globe.
"One of the challenges we have is we have operations all throughout North America is to get our people to be willing to leave Philadelphia, even for an assignment," Keith Cramton, the relatively new chief executive at Cardone Industries, told me during our Leadership Agenda interview. "They have roots here that go back, in some cases, for a couple hundred years, which is new for me."
Cramton spent most of his career working for Ford Motor Co., but for them, and other firms, he worked all over the nation, and the world, living for a time in Japan, among other places. In Philadelphia, he heads the city's largest manufacturing facility. The company re-manufactures auto parts. It has a plant here and another in Mexico, plus various distribution facilities around Canada and the U.S, particularly in Texas.
"Every organization that I’ve ever worked in before – you worked in a global organization, you moved," he said. "That was just the expectation That’s a challenge for us, of having our people be willing to do what the enterprise needs."
Tomorrow: Cramton on doing business in Philadelphia -- a story about rainwater.