Monday, November 30, 2015

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

Union president tells his son: Stay out of the union

Monday, March 9, 2015, 3:55 AM
Critics have a point when they talk about how leadership in some union locals turns into a family dynasty, with sons easily taking over leadership from their fathers, thereby nearly erasing the chance for any kind of elected union democracy. Wendell Young 4th said it definitely was not that easy for... Read more

Plant explosion teaches a West CEO a lesson in leadership

Monday, March 2, 2015, 3:35 AM
Donald Morel Jr. had been chief executive at West Pharmaceutical Services Inc. for less than nine months when the unthinkable happened. Six people died and dozens were injured when a dust explosion at the company's plant in Kinston, North Carolina destroyed the factory. The explosion caused a fire... Read more

Knowing when to walk away from bad business

Monday, February 23, 2015, 3:45 AM
More than 10 years ago, the Philadelphia Inquirer published a remarkable article detailing Philadelphia's pay-to-play culture through the eyes of one man, William A. Graham 4th, chairman and chief executive of the Graham Company, a Center City insurance and risk management company. In the article... Read more

Making meetings count

Tuesday, February 17, 2015, 3:30 AM
Meetings that include cookies are definitely better than those that don't. But, obviously, executives, who live a life of meetings, have a different criteria. Learning how to make them efficient and productive is part of what makes them successful. What Bill Stephenson, at DLL Group, does after a meeting... Read more

How leasing a forklift can save the environment

Monday, February 16, 2015, 3:35 AM
"We are at a fork in the road in terms of a global economy. One path points to the same linear "take, make and waste" model we have had since the Industrial Revolution. The other points toward a more regenerative and sustainable circular economy," DLL Group chief executive Bill Stephenson wrote in... Read more
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