Monday, August 3, 2015

Talking about talking: The lost art of conversation

Monday, April 27, 2015, 3:55 AM
When we had our Leadership Agenda interview, Hernan Guaracao, the publisher, founder and owner of Al Dia, a leading Latino publication in Philadelphia, and I talked a lot about conversation and finding a slower pace in life. Guaracao told me about a bench he had seen in a park where when two people... Read more

A union's take on bootleg music and movies -- those are our jobs

Thursday, April 23, 2015, 3:10 AM
Part of the problem of the problem with piracy in the arts, says Michael Barnes, head of the Philadelphia local of the stagehands union, is that it's hard to visualize the consequences when bootleg copies of movies, television shows and music are sold outside their normal channels. "If people were... Read more

Caring for caregivers

Monday, April 20, 2015, 2:30 AM
In the end, the success of Accolade Inc. depends on personal relationships. Individual patients or their caregivers have to connect with a health assistant and come to rely on their expertise to navigate health care. It's a tough job and in our Leadership Agenda interview, published in Monday's Philadelphia... Read more

Jump start your job search

Wednesday, April 8, 2015, 3:20 AM
I met human resource professional Amy Dinning years ago when I spent 60 days profiling one unemployed person after another. At the time, Dinning was working as a contract professional in what is becoming an increasingly common way of work for white-collar workers who lose their full time jobs. When... Read more

Understanding Jewish philanthropy

Monday, April 6, 2015, 3:05 AM
Donor attraction and growth, Naomi L. Adler said, will be one way that she'll know that her efforts to rebuild the Jewish Federation of Greater Philadelphia are succeeding, she told me during our Leadership Agenda interview published in Monday's Philadelphia Inquirer. There has been a lot written about... Read more

Debt, lawsuits, investor woes -- and a vision: That's how Saxbys began

Monday, March 30, 2015, 3:50 AM
Nick Bayer's Saxbys Coffee story sounds almost like a fairy tale. Blue-collar background, tapped for an Ivy League education, deciding he wants to run his own business, miraculously landing a job (thanks to that Cornell pedigree) in a business consulting firm to learn business from the inside. All... Read more

Leaving Knoll: Opportunity, tears, manufacturing

Tuesday, March 24, 2015, 3:45 AM
When Hans Knoll was looking for a place to build a factory aimed at producing office furniture, he chose East Greenville because the terrain and the Pennsylvania Dutch workers in the area reminded him of his home in Germany. Knoll Inc. still has a huge factory in East Greenville, and it's a lovely... Read more

Women on the way up: Dress the part

Monday, March 23, 2015, 3:30 AM
After all these years, there shouldn't be a need for an honor like the Paradigm Award, bestowed on top female business leaders by the Greater Philadelphia Chamber of Commerce. It should be as irrelevant as giving an award to the best executive with a cowlick. But, women leaders, like this year's prizewinner... Read more

Business strategy: Marketing to women improves hospitals' health

Tuesday, March 17, 2015, 11:33 AM
Virtua's Rich Miller thinks the balance of power in health economics will shift to the consumer in coming years as the Affordable Care Act matures. "I think in this age of health care, the consumer will be more central in terms of the economics," Miller, the chief executive of Virtua Health Inc.... Read more

Virtua hospital CEO on the frontline: Messes and a bullet-proof vest

Monday, March 16, 2015, 3:10 AM
Not all CEOs can go undercover the way Forman Mills CEO Rick Forman did on the TV show, but many chief executives actively try to spend time on the front lines with their employees. (Anything beats getting out of the office, right?) At Virtua, CEO Richard Miller's front line experiences including helping... 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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