Monday, December 22, 2014

Visit Philadelphia: Managing through a crisis

Monday, October 6, 2014, 3:35 AM
Here's the scenario: Visit Philadelphia's chief financial officer resigns in February 2012. A few months later, as CEO Meryl Levitz explained during our Leadership Agenda interview published in Monday's Philadelphia Inquirer, an audit and investigation reveals that $210,000 is gone, over a five-year... Read more

Hospitality 101: Learn to connect

Tuesday, September 30, 2014, 3:50 AM
"In our [hospitality] business, you don’t have to be an expert on all businesses and subject matter," Philadelphia Convention and Visitors Bureau chief executive Jack Ferguson told me during our Leadership Agenda interview published in Monday's Philadelphia Inquirer. "What you have to be is a... Read more

What a spotty tie tells you (and it's not good)

Monday, September 29, 2014, 3:55 AM
"If I have a tie, and I get a spot on it, it’s like I have to get this fixed right now because the world is looking at me," Jack Ferguson, president of the Philadelphia Convention and Visitors Bureau, told me during our Leadership Agenda interview published in Monday's Philadelphia Inquirer.... Read more

Conventions key Marriott's business

Tuesday, September 23, 2014, 3:25 AM
When Robert M. Allen, general manager of the Philadelphia Marriott Downtown arrived in Philadelphia in June 2013, he was quickly recruited to sit on the Pennsylvania Convention Center's customer advisory committee. And that put him in an ironic position -- since in past assignments heading Marriott... Read more

Blow-torching the pizza

Monday, September 22, 2014, 3:10 AM
Hospitality Hint Number One: Learn how to make do on the fly and make it invisible, even if it means blow-torching the pizza. In our Leadership Agenda interview published in Monday's Philadelphia Inquirer, I asked Philadelphia Marriott Downtown's general manager Robert M. Allen for a behind-the-scenes... Read more

CEO prayer: Bosses, don't become tyrants

Tuesday, September 16, 2014, 4:00 AM
Given the money they make, given the power they have, chief executives need to struggle to avoid becoming tyrants, Krishna P. Singh told me during our Leadership Agenda interview published in Monday's Philadelphia Inquirer. Question: What is the biggest and most common mistake a CEO can make? Answer:... Read more

Camden vs. Carolina: Can our workforce stack up?

Monday, September 15, 2014, 3:20 AM
Before Krishna P. Singh, chief executive of Holtec International, decided to expand in Camden, he flirted, seriously with South Carolina. Chief among its attractions was its workforce, Singh told me during our Leadership Agenda interview published in Monday's Philadelphia Inquirer. "In the beginning... Read more

Lessons from leaders

Monday, September 8, 2014, 3:50 AM
As chief executive of the Greater Philadelphia Chamber of Commerce, Rob Wonderling rubs elbows with a lot of other executives, particularly the ones who chair his board. In his five years at the helm, Wonderling has worked with three of the city's top executives -- David Cohen, William Hankowsky and... Read more

Selling unions to union members

Tuesday, September 2, 2014, 3:00 AM
How can the union movement be made strong again? Start with the union members themselves, Patrick J. Eiding, the president of the Philadelphia Council of the AFL-CIO, told me during our Leadership Agenda interview in Monday's Philadelphia Inquirer. "The biggest thing we do wrong -- we don’t... Read more

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
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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