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Banking CEO: Big banks are bad people

Monday, July 28, 2014, 3:05 AM
"Big banks to me are bad people," banker Frederick "Ted" Peters, outgoing chairman, chief executive and president of Bryn Mawr Bank Corp. told me during our Leadership Agenda interview published in Monday's Philadelphia Inquirer. "I think what the regulators wanted to do was to punish and start to... Read more

Laying off a company's owners during a downturn

Tuesday, July 22, 2014, 4:20 AM
It's probably pretty easy to be an employee-owned company, or ESOP, when times are good, but what happens during a recession, when the people being let go are the company's owners? Modern Group Ltd., of Bristol, faced that issue. Modern is distributor of warehouse equipment and forklifts, power generators... Read more

When your employees own your business

Monday, July 21, 2014, 3:15 AM
Who owns Modern Group Ltd? The employees do -- 100 percent. "Quite honestly when you call Modern and you speak to the receptionist or to me or to the technician, those people are owners of this business and they have a vested interest in making sure you are happy," Paul Farrell, the company's chief... Read more

CEO lesson: In the warehouse, in the executive suite, attitude matters

Tuesday, July 15, 2014, 3:00 AM
Attitude is everything, says Todd Bloom, chief executive of Mitsubishi Fuso Truck of America, Inc. And the key to a good attitude at work, he told me in our Leadership Agenda interview published in Monday's Philadelphia Inquirer, is each employee's firm belief that his work makes a difference in the... Read more

Todd Bloom on getting fired

Monday, July 14, 2014, 3:55 AM
Todd Bloom remembers the day he got canned from his executive position as vice president of marketing for American Isuzu Motors Inc. Bloom had worked for Isuzu for 13 years, but there was new leadership at the top, which meant it was time for Bloom, now chief executive of Mitsubishi Fuso Truck of America... Read more

The 80-20 difference between a CEO and CFO

Monday, July 7, 2014, 3:55 AM
Until he became chief executive of AAA Mid-Atlantic automobile club in 2012, Bernhard M. Koch had primarily worked in finance and insurance, ending up as a chief executive. In a lot of his previous positions, his responsibilities included closing the businesses. During our Leadership Agenda interview... Read more

What a young blind mother taught a CEO

Tuesday, July 1, 2014, 3:40 AM
Carol Quinn, now a chief executive in a health organization, will never forget the lesson she learned from a young couple she cared for as a community health nurse in western Pennsylvania. With help, she learned, people can accomplish what would seem impossible. "I had to take care of a blind couple... Read more

CEO lesson: Admit your mistakes, curb your impatience

Monday, June 30, 2014, 3:40 AM
Ever work for a boss with a temper? It's a struggle for some leaders, which is why the topic came up with Mercy Home Health and Mercy LIFE chief executive Carol Quinn. "I can get appropriately unhappy, but I don’t have a bad temper," she told me during our Leadership Agenda interview published... Read more

Don't drift through life; work your plan, executive says

Tuesday, June 24, 2014, 3:30 AM
Geri Swift didn't say this explicitly in our interview, but what scares her is the simple and thoughtless passage of time. If you don't plan your networking, you won't make the connections. If you aren't deliberate about thinking about your business, you'll just fill out the days and never progress... Read more

Executive advice: Plan your networking

Monday, June 23, 2014, 3:05 AM
Networking isn't just gladhanding your way around a business breakfast, says Geri Swift, president of the Women's Business Development Center and the Women's Business Enterprise Council of Pennsylvania, Delaware and southern New Jersey. "I believe that everyone should have in place an annual networking... Read more
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