Saturday, April 25, 2015

VWR's chief executive tries out the top job for size

Monday, January 5, 2015, 3:10 AM
Imagine working for a company for nearly three decades and then being asked to take the helm of the company as the interim chief executive. That's what happened to Manuel Brocke-Benz, the VWR International executive I interviewed in Monday's Leadership Agenda published in the Philadelphia Inquirer... Read more

Vertex's great benefit: A paid sabbatical

Monday, December 29, 2014, 2:15 AM
If there's ever a time of year where the idea of work-life balance comes into play, it's the holiday season. At Vertex Inc., the tax software company in Berwyn, chief executive Jeff Westphal says he's serious about making sure work-life balance happens, both for himself and for Vertex Inc. employees... Read more

PHMC's Richard Cohen on how a tragedy becomes a gift

Monday, December 22, 2014, 3:25 AM
It's only through the prism of years that Richard J. Cohen, 67, has been able to see what happened to him when he was in college as a "gift," the chief executive of Public Health Management Corp. told me during our Leadership Agenda interview published in Monday's Philadelphia Inquirer. His mother... Read more

Should you read SAP CEO Bill McDermott's Winners Dream book?

Tuesday, December 16, 2014, 3:50 AM
Should you read SAP CEO Bill McDermott's autobiography Winners Dream: A Journey from Corner Store to Corner Office? I"m going to answer a qualified yes, although frankly, I wouldn't have read it had I not decided to interview McDermott for my Leadership Agenda column, published in Monday's Philadelphia... Read more

Hoops oops: Tripping up SAP's boss, Bill McDermott

Monday, December 15, 2014, 3:05 AM
In his book, Winners Dream: A Journey from Corner Store to Corner Office, SAP chief executive Bill McDermott talks about the efforts he made as he was coming up the ladder to make an excellent first impression. Imagine this first impression: Causing your boss to sprain his ankle. McDermott told me... Read more

Staying in touch with students; the early bus to Montgomery County Community College

Tuesday, December 9, 2014, 3:35 AM
Many of the CEOs I've interviewed work hard to push through the layers of yes-saying bureaucracy and connect directly with their customers or frontline employees and Karen Stout, president of Montgomery County Community College, is no exception. "I get my energy from being with our students," she told... Read more

College president Karen Stout's integrity fund

Monday, December 8, 2014, 3:40 AM
Montgomery County Community College president Karen A. Stout has an integrity fund. She doesn't call it that, but that's the purpose it serves, she told me during our Leadership Agenda interview published in Monday's Philadelphia Inquirer. As leaders, "We deal always with lots of issues that have... Read more

Philadelphia: The good, the bad and the ugly

Tuesday, December 2, 2014, 3:25 AM
Steveanna Wynn grew up in rural Virginia, where, she said, the poverty is hidden, tucked up in the foothills and along the back roads, not front and center on busy streets as it is in Philadelphia. Wynn, executive director of Share Food Program Inc., the Philadelphia food distribution nonprofit, got... Read more

Staying strong when sorrow abounds

Monday, December 1, 2014, 3:00 AM
It takes empathy and anger to work in the service of downtrodden, both necessary emotions, but both psychologically draining. The people who stick it out manage to find a way to handle those emotions. In our Leadership Agenda interview published in Monday's Philadelphia Inquirer, I asked Steveanna... Read more

Boscov: Keeping payrolls fat

Tuesday, November 25, 2014, 3:30 AM
Trimming payrolls to the bone might make a pretty balance sheet, at least on the expense side of the ledger, but having enough help in the stores is key to Boscov's success, Albert Boscov, 85, chairman of the Reading-based chain of 43 department stores, told me during our Leadership Agenda interview... 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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