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From shoe salesman to CEO: Lessons learned

Saturday, November 28, 2015, 10:00 AM
Jim Boscov, 66, who now leads the 44-store Boscov's Department Stores LLC, grew up in retailing. As a youngster, his grandfather, Solomon Boscov, who founded the business in 1914, put young Jim to work in the shoe department. The lessons he learned there lasted a lifetime, he told me during our Executive... Read more

CEO: I don't want to hold anybody up

Saturday, November 21, 2015, 10:00 AM
"Maybe my biggest strength/flaw is impatience," the chairman and chief executive of Day & Zimmermann Inc. answered when I asked him about his greatest challenge as a leader. "I want things done now kind of thing," Harold "Hal" L. Yoh 3d said during our Executive Q&A published in Sunday's Philadelphia... Read more

The perils of micromanagement: Don't do it, says Saladworks CEO

Wednesday, November 18, 2015, 3:10 AM
Tempted to micromanage? Don't do it, says Saladworks chief executive Paul Steck, who, by the time he was 30, had already bought, operated and sold two Burger King franchises. He went from being his own boss to working as an executive for Au Bon Pain. Loved the brand, hated the culture -- which taught... Read more

Watching the bosses battle: Horrifying, fascinating

Tuesday, November 17, 2015, 3:10 AM
From the outside, watching Saladworks disintegrate in a nuclear feud between its founder and a major investor was both horrible and fascinating at the same time, like a train wreck in slow motion. From the inside, it was just weird, as chief executive Paul Steck, then president, described in our interview... Read more

Paul Steck: Everything I know I learned at Burger King, at age 21

Saturday, November 14, 2015, 10:00 AM
Saladworks CEO Paul Steck says that everything people learn in the food business they learn at their first restaurants. In his case, his lesson began at age 21, when he bought his first Burger King franchise in a small town in Ohio. Here's a hint: It's all about the fries and what they symbolize. Sales... Read more

How can you measure if workplace collaboration is working? Ask a scientist

Saturday, November 7, 2015, 10:00 AM
Everyone talks about teamwork and collaboration. But it's fuzzy, one of those management concepts that's hard to measure -- unless you are a research scientist, accustomed to coming up with ways to count the uncountable. When cancer researcher Dario Altieri, now chief executive at the Wistar Institute... Read more

John Dougherty: Everything I learned in life, I learned on the playground

Wednesday, November 4, 2015, 3:10 AM
So what else should we learn about John Dougherty? He reads a book every two weeks and just finished one about a president who shepherded a judge onto the Supreme Court. No, it’s not an autobiography about a union president (actually, John Dougherty’s title is business manager) helping... Read more

John Dougherty: Building up the Building Trades Council

Tuesday, November 3, 2015, 3:30 AM
By Tuesday night, the election will be over and John J. "Johnny Doc" Dougherty, who leads the politically-connected International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers Local 98, can turn his attention to his next project, assuming the leadership of the Philadelphia Building Trades Council. In our wide-ranging... Read more

Dougherty for mayor? No, that ship has sailed

Saturday, October 31, 2015, 10:00 AM
So would John "Johnny Doc" Dougherty like to run for office? After all, he is the leader of one of the city’s most politically-connected unions. “That ship has sailed,” Dougherty said as part of our interview for the Executive Q&A interview published in Sunday’s Philadelphia... Read more

Mars Drinks CEO: What karate taught me about leadership

Saturday, October 24, 2015, 10:00 AM
Xavier Unkovic, the chief executive at Mars Drinks, originally got into the martial arts as a way to bond with his then seven-year-old son. But later, the discipline of shotokan karate became much more important to him, particularly in how it relates to his leadership, he told me during our Executive... 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.

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