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Ten things Philly's top labor leader wants you to know about unions

Monday, September 1, 2014, 3:05 AM
1. Employers and union members both have the same aim, Patrick J. Eiding, president of the Philadelphia Council of the AFL-CIO, told me in our Leadership Agenda interview published in Monday's Philadelphia Inquirer. They like to make money. That's a general truism, but In this case, Eiding is talking... Read more

Beating back the recession

Tuesday, August 26, 2014, 3:10 AM
When the recession hit, continuing care communities such as those run by ACTS Retirement-Life Communities got walloped, chief executive Mark Vanderbeck told me during our Leadership Agenda interview published in Monday's Philadelphia Inquirer. Residents typically fund their stays in these communities... Read more

Resident advisers: Retirement home CEO taps into senior management

Monday, August 25, 2014, 3:20 AM
Leadership lessons can be learned anywhere, and for Mark Vanderbeck, who runs a nonprofit chain of residences for the elderly, the school can be as close as the facility's dining room. "I've always said, `if you use it right, your interaction with residents is like going to grad school every day,'... Read more

Learning by example: How to stay in touch

Tuesday, August 19, 2014, 3:05 AM
Like many CEOs, John Crowe, who leads 15,000 employees as the chief executive of Saint-Gobain's North American division, worries about being out of touch -- with employees, with customers, with vendors. "I think CEOs can get too insulated and stay in their ivory towers," Crowe told me during our Leadership... Read more

CEO trades in his corner office for a desk in an open work space.

Monday, August 18, 2014, 3:25 AM
When Saint-Gobain/CertainTeed moves into new headquarters in Malvern, there'll be a lot of changes. For one thing, there won't be a need for buckets to catch leaky drips, necessary now in the current headquarters in Valley Forge, says John Crowe, CEO of the North American division of Saint Gobain... Read more

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
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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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