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The audacity of street retail

Tuesday, August 12, 2014, 2:25 AM
When Rick Forman opened his West Philadelphia Forman Mills store, a local politician asked him if he wanted her to remove the street vendors who had set up in front of his building. At first Forman said yes, he told me during our Leadership Agenda interview published in Monday's Philadelphia Inquirer... Read more

Rat hair in the chocolate

Monday, August 11, 2014, 2:30 AM
Rick Forman started in retail in 1977 with a $80 stake from his father -- enough to buy shirts to sell at flea markets. Now he runs Forman Mills, a big retail chain with 2,700 employees and $275 million in sales. "Someone said to me, `You are not in the schmata business now. You are in the people business... Read more

What makes an A-list employee?

Tuesday, August 5, 2014, 3:55 AM
Read human resource literature for even five minutes and it's all about the A-team, finding top talent, getting the right people on the bus. How many A-listers really exist? What about the B-folks, the great masses of the work world? Don't they count for something? Isn't this whole A-list business... Read more

Making a bet on Detroit

Monday, August 4, 2014, 6:50 AM
Look on Power Home Remodeling Group's website and you'll see a long list of job openings in one of the Chester-based company's newest markets, Detroit. Why would Power move into Michigan, considering how much that state has been battered by the recession? That's the question I posed to Power chief... Read more

Bye-bye banking; buy-buy banks

Tuesday, July 29, 2014, 3:15 AM
No more worrying about employees, no more dealing with analysts, no more buildings to buy or sell, no more branches to open -- there's a lot that Frederick "Ted" Peters, 64, will leave behind when he leaves his executive positions at Bryn Mawr Bank Corp. at the end of the year. He may even be able... Read more

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
About this blog

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.

Reach Jane M. at jvonbergen@phillynews.com.

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