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Boss' lesson: Curb your temper

Tuesday, June 17, 2014, 3:35 AM
Carl Ortell admits it -- he had a temper, but in order to succeed as a top executive, he had to learn to control it. "I used to raise my voice," Ortell, the president of Automotive Resources Inc., told me in our Leadership Agenda interview published in Monday's Philadelphia Inquirer. "I did lose my... Read more

Catching the runoff from a rival's acquisition

Monday, June 16, 2014, 3:30 AM
The big news in the fleet management business lately was PHH Corp., headquartered in Mt. Laurel, sold its fleet management division to a Canadian company. For Automotive Resources Inc., the fleet management company which has its headquarters across Leadenhall Road from PHH, the $1.4 billion deal was... Read more

In Convention Center management, what you don't see still counts

Tuesday, June 10, 2014, 3:35 AM
First impressions matter and for Bob McClintock, a first impression that counts in a convention center is something the public never sees -- the back service corridor. That's what McClintock told me during our Leadership Agenda interview published in Monday's Philadelphia Inquirer. McClintock is in... Read more

For good labor relations: Try respect and saying "Hi"

Monday, June 9, 2014, 3:25 AM
Respect. That was the word that Bob McClintock used to describe the best way to deal with a union workforce. McClintock walked into a troubled situation at the Pennsylvania Convention Center where customers had been complaining about problems with the union workforce and the unions had been complaining... Read more

Time to say goodbye

Tuesday, June 3, 2014, 12:15 PM
Is there any delicate way to tell a board member it's time to quit? Jim Kristie, editor of Directors & Boards, wrote an interesting piece on the topic. Read more

Law firm leadership: The great man, the Quaker meeting

Tuesday, June 3, 2014, 4:40 AM
Attorney Mark Silow doesn't buy the idea that a leader in a law firm has to be a charismatic character, ready to inspire the troops. "I’ve become somewhat of a student of law firm management," Silow, managing partner at Fox Rothschild L.L.P. told me during our Leadership Agenda interview published... Read more

Managing employees who argue professionally

Monday, June 2, 2014, 3:45 AM
How would you like to manage a lot of smart people who argue for a living? Welcome to Mark Silow's world, as managing partner of Fox Rothschild LLP, a Center City law firm. "Lawyers are challenging to manage," Silow told me during our Leadership Agenda interview published in Monday's Philadelphia... Read more

Hard work can save a job, even for a non-superstar

Tuesday, May 27, 2014, 3:15 AM
Like most CEOs, Alan Miller, at Universal Health Services Inc., is a believer in hard work. But, he said, sometimes his appreciation for hard work causes him to keep people employed when they really aren't working out. "I am appreciative of people who work hard," he told me during our Leadership Agenda... Read more

Alan Miller: From Mad Man to magnate

Monday, May 26, 2014, 3:10 AM
Even though Alan Miller runs a $7.3 billion company that employs 65,000 in more than 220 hospitals and behavioral health facilities, Miller, the chief executive of Universal Health Services Inc. in King Prussia, never intended to get into the health care business. Instead, he was a real live Mad Man... Read more

Nerney: How sports and insurance are alike

Tuesday, May 20, 2014, 4:15 AM
OK, it takes a basketball coach to draw a parallel between sports and insurance -- and my journalism pen cap goes off to Thomas P. Nerney, chairman, president and chief executive of United States Liability Insurance Group in Wayne. Take it away, Tom. (Nerney, by the way, coached college basketball... Read more
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