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Fry on leadership: Knowing when to quit

Tuesday, March 25, 2014, 2:45 AM
A real trick in leadership is knowing when to quit and a real hazard is hanging in too long. A common mistake chief executives make is "when things start to go wrong, not being constructively critical enough to say, `This isn’t the right path. This isn’t working,' even if you have an investment... Read more

John Fry on leadership: Try it, see if you like it

Monday, March 24, 2014, 2:40 AM
Lots of stuff is written about leadership, but there's one way to see whether you have what it takes. "Try it," said Drexel University president John A. Fry during our Leadership Agenda interview published in Monday's Philadelphia Inquirer. "Find a place to lead and start to lead. If there’s... Read more

On the job: What's really maddening in March

Thursday, March 20, 2014, 11:25 AM
I don't care about March Madness. I don't care if billions of employees are or aren't productive during March Madness. I don't care if human resource experts believe or don't believe it builds worker morale. If people at work want to discuss how teams are doing or set up pools, that's fine, or it's... Read more

What flipping burgers taught a CEO

Tuesday, March 18, 2014, 3:10 AM
Many people, including CEOs, credit their summer jobs -- many of them in the restaurant business -- with teaching them important lessons about customer service. Christopher Kneizys, president of Micro-Coax, a cable manufacturer, in Limerick, had a different take on his experience working at a McDonald's: "The... Read more

Tough start for top job at Micro-Coax

Monday, March 17, 2014, 3:50 AM
Christopher J. Kneizys was 31 years old when he took over the helm at Micro-Coax Inc., a cable manufacturer in Pottstown. Almost the first thing he did was lay people off. Great start, I said to him during our Leadership Agenda interview, published in Monday's Philadelphia Inquirer. Kneizys definitely... Read more

Obama highlights Philadelphia steelworker in overtime speech

Thursday, March 13, 2014, 5:38 PM
Here are President Obama's remarks on overtime. The worker mentioned as an example is Nancy Minor, vice president of Local 10-1 of the United Steel Workers in Philadelphia. Minor was very involved in helping the steelworkers save jobs when the Sunoco refineries were closing. The event took place Thursday... Read more

Best of breed, worst on your resume

Thursday, March 13, 2014, 2:46 PM
No one told me to write this blog post. I'm self-motivated and a hard worker, also a team player, because when I write a blog it contributes to the overall success of my company. Maybe you could call me a go-getter or a go-to person, because I proactively decided to write this blog, hoping that it... Read more

The trauma of layoffs

Tuesday, March 11, 2014, 4:20 AM
As a division leader at Toll Brothers Inc., the home-building company, Jeffrey A. Bartos had a front-row seat for the collapse of the housing market, with the horrible job of laying off the company's workers as business conditions deteriorated. "You never get used to it," he said. "A lot of times driving... Read more

Setting boundaries with the boss

Monday, March 10, 2014, 4:20 AM
Maybe it's a characteristic of the CEO species, but many of them work incredibly hard, on duty most of the time, and compensated more than accordingly. Should chief executives expect the same drive from their employees? "That's a great question," Mark Group CEO Jeffrey A. Bartos responded during our... Read more

SEPTA: New money only goes so far

Tuesday, March 4, 2014, 3:30 AM
Now that SEPTA’s got some money, there’s a lot of clamoring, general manager Joseph M. Casey said, for projects that would extend SEPTA’s reach into the suburbs in various ways. Even then, the question is how to get riders from the nearest SEPTA stop, be it bus or rail, to their offices... Read more
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