Saturday, April 25, 2015

Plant explosion teaches a West CEO a lesson in leadership

Monday, March 2, 2015, 3:35 AM
Donald Morel Jr. had been chief executive at West Pharmaceutical Services Inc. for less than nine months when the unthinkable happened. Six people died and dozens were injured when a dust explosion at the company's plant in Kinston, North Carolina destroyed the factory. The explosion caused a fire... Read more

Knowing when to walk away from bad business

Monday, February 23, 2015, 3:45 AM
More than 10 years ago, the Philadelphia Inquirer published a remarkable article detailing Philadelphia's pay-to-play culture through the eyes of one man, William A. Graham 4th, chairman and chief executive of the Graham Company, a Center City insurance and risk management company. In the article... Read more

Making meetings count

Tuesday, February 17, 2015, 3:30 AM
Meetings that include cookies are definitely better than those that don't. But, obviously, executives, who live a life of meetings, have a different criteria. Learning how to make them efficient and productive is part of what makes them successful. What Bill Stephenson, at DLL Group, does after a meeting... Read more

How leasing a forklift can save the environment

Monday, February 16, 2015, 3:35 AM
"We are at a fork in the road in terms of a global economy. One path points to the same linear "take, make and waste" model we have had since the Industrial Revolution. The other points toward a more regenerative and sustainable circular economy," DLL Group chief executive Bill Stephenson wrote in... Read more

Why Franklin Institute's CEO went to China

Monday, February 9, 2015, 3:10 AM
Larry Dubinski's January trip to China must have been a marathon. The president and chief executive of Franklin Institute, who actually runs half-marathons, visited 12 museums in three cities in less than two weeks, he told me during our Leadership Agenda interview published in Monday's Philadelphia... Read more

Leadership in a tough spot; it's not merely managerial

Monday, February 2, 2015, 2:35 AM
Why, I wondered during our Leadership Agenda interview, would a top notch oncologist and cancer researcher like Fox Chase Cancer Center's CEO Richard Fisher go into health administration, given the stresses in today's healthcare delivery system? In other words, why abandon the craft and artistry of... Read more

Hotel CEO: If the sheet [is] fitted, hotels don't use it

Monday, January 26, 2015, 2:15 AM
Did you ever notice that, unlike your bed at home, where the bottom sheet comes with elasticized corners that slip around a mattress, hotel room beds don't have fitted sheets? Instead, a regular flat sheet is tucked around the mattress using hospital corners to make a smooth fit. Why is that. I wondered?... Read more

Cawley: Hire people who disagree with you

Tuesday, January 20, 2015, 3:00 AM
Any advice for young people striving to be leaders? That's a question I posed to Jim Cawley, the incoming president and chief executive of the United Way of Greater Philadelphia and Southern New Jersey. "I guess the best advice I ever received actually was [from] somebody I had, up until that point... Read more

What's the future for Philadelphia's United Way?

Monday, January 19, 2015, 2:40 AM
So what will the United Way of Greater Philadelphia and Southern New Jersey look like in the future? Its incoming president and chief executive, Jim F. Cawley, now the lieutenant governor of Pennsylvania, envisions being an even closer community partner to area nonprofits, he told me during our Leadership... Read more

How will Bayada pass to the next generation's leaders?

Monday, January 12, 2015, 3:30 AM
This year marks J. Mark Baiada's 40th year as founder and leader of the home health care business that he started in 1975, when he was 27 years old. Now Baiada is 67 and most of his five children have either worked for Bayada Home Health Care Inc. or plan to in the future. So what's next?Is there a... 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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