Monday, November 30, 2015

Boss' bad habit: Over-debating

Saturday, October 17, 2015, 10:30 AM
"My bad habit may be to over-debate topics," Catapult Learning's chief executive Jeffrey Cohen confessed during our Executive Q&A interview published in Sunday's Philadelphia Inquirer, when I asked him about his bad habits as an executive. Remember that Cohen has a law degree, so it's probably... Read more

Inside WHYY's Marrazzo's daily folder: A gift list, meeting notes, a coupon, gym fob and lots of paper clips

Tuesday, October 13, 2015, 3:45 AM
Beyond their lofty philosophies of leadership and their strategic initiatives, executives are actually really busy people who have a lot to do. What fascinates me are the little tricks they develop to organize their work. William Marrazzo, for example, keeps a blue paper-clipped studded vinyl folder... Read more

What WHYY's Marrazzo says about his pay

Saturday, October 10, 2015, 10:45 AM
Over the years, WHYY chief executive William J. Marrazzo has taken a lot of heat for his compensation package and for him, it's a very sensitive subject. "You should never live a life where you take out more than you’re given in every day, never. That’s my personal philosophy," he said... Read more

Run a nonprofit? Get a line of credit

Saturday, October 3, 2015, 10:00 AM
Run a nonprofit? Want to sleep at night? The trick, said Diane Menio, leader of a small Philadelphia nonprofit advocacy group, is to establish a line of credit when times are good. It was a lesson she learned the hard way, she told me during our Executive Q&A published in Sunday's Philadelphia... Read more

CEO's advice: Know your numbers

Saturday, September 26, 2015, 10:00 AM
Whether a nonprofit runs a budget of $163 million like Catholic Human Services, or not much over a hundred thousand like my church, paying attention to the numbers is crucial for the top executives, even if they don't hold the title of chief financial officer, Joseph Sweeney, Secretary of Catholic... Read more

CEO lesson: Walking in the workers' shoes

Saturday, September 19, 2015, 10:10 AM
Long before Undercover Boss made its way onto television, Michael Bowman instituted his own version as he rose through the ranks of the hospitality industry. "It was a program that I swear by, that I've worked my whole career," Bowman told me during our Executive Q&A interview published in Sunday's... Read more

Everything I know about business I learned as president of the student council

Tuesday, September 15, 2015, 3:55 AM
Well, maybe not everything, but let's skip right to the moral of this story: Don't simply sit on your posterior in college and don't just bury your head in your books. Get involved, because the lessons you'll learn will pay off, just as they did for Christopher Franklin, 50, who now is the chief executive... Read more

New CEO: Ex-boss' meeting method had to change, pronto

Saturday, September 12, 2015, 10:00 AM
What if your boss called a meeting, got too many people in the room, started two hours late and routinely interrupted the meeting to answer personal cell phone calls? That's how former CEO Nick DeBenedictis ran meetings at Aqua America Inc. and it was one of the first company cultural changes that... Read more

The health and safety of the labor movement

Saturday, September 5, 2015, 10:10 AM
Could a focus on health and safety revitalize the flagging labor movement? Absolutely, says Barbara Rahke, a former union organizer who now heads PhilaPOSH, the union and foundation-funded worker safety and advocacy organization. She also heads a similar national organization, the National Council... Read more

Helping young folks make their next moves

Saturday, August 29, 2015, 10:00 AM
Of course, being the chief executive, Jay Spector, isn't going to admit to any favorites among the variety of programs operated by JEVS Human Services, formerly known as Jewish Employment and Vocational Services. But, he did, during our executive question and answer interview published in Sunday's... 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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