Saturday, December 20, 2014

In Convention Center management, what you don't see still counts

Tuesday, June 10, 2014, 3:35 AM
First impressions matter and for Bob McClintock, a first impression that counts in a convention center is something the public never sees -- the back service corridor. That's what McClintock told me during our Leadership Agenda interview published in Monday's Philadelphia Inquirer. McClintock is in... Read more

For good labor relations: Try respect and saying "Hi"

Monday, June 9, 2014, 3:25 AM
Respect. That was the word that Bob McClintock used to describe the best way to deal with a union workforce. McClintock walked into a troubled situation at the Pennsylvania Convention Center where customers had been complaining about problems with the union workforce and the unions had been complaining... Read more

Time to say goodbye

Tuesday, June 3, 2014, 12:15 PM
Is there any delicate way to tell a board member it's time to quit? Jim Kristie, editor of Directors & Boards, wrote an interesting piece on the topic. Read more

Law firm leadership: The great man, the Quaker meeting

Tuesday, June 3, 2014, 4:40 AM
Attorney Mark Silow doesn't buy the idea that a leader in a law firm has to be a charismatic character, ready to inspire the troops. "I’ve become somewhat of a student of law firm management," Silow, managing partner at Fox Rothschild L.L.P. told me during our Leadership Agenda interview published... Read more

Managing employees who argue professionally

Monday, June 2, 2014, 3:45 AM
How would you like to manage a lot of smart people who argue for a living? Welcome to Mark Silow's world, as managing partner of Fox Rothschild LLP, a Center City law firm. "Lawyers are challenging to manage," Silow told me during our Leadership Agenda interview published in Monday's Philadelphia... Read more

Hard work can save a job, even for a non-superstar

Tuesday, May 27, 2014, 3:15 AM
Like most CEOs, Alan Miller, at Universal Health Services Inc., is a believer in hard work. But, he said, sometimes his appreciation for hard work causes him to keep people employed when they really aren't working out. "I am appreciative of people who work hard," he told me during our Leadership Agenda... Read more

Alan Miller: From Mad Man to magnate

Monday, May 26, 2014, 3:10 AM
Even though Alan Miller runs a $7.3 billion company that employs 65,000 in more than 220 hospitals and behavioral health facilities, Miller, the chief executive of Universal Health Services Inc. in King Prussia, never intended to get into the health care business. Instead, he was a real live Mad Man... Read more

Nerney: How sports and insurance are alike

Tuesday, May 20, 2014, 4:15 AM
OK, it takes a basketball coach to draw a parallel between sports and insurance -- and my journalism pen cap goes off to Thomas P. Nerney, chairman, president and chief executive of United States Liability Insurance Group in Wayne. Take it away, Tom. (Nerney, by the way, coached college basketball... Read more

Hiring young people: More trouble or worth it?

Monday, May 19, 2014, 3:05 AM
Used to be that Tom Nerney's executive team at United States Liability Insurance Group was none too happy with Nerney's plan to keep the girls' high school basketball teams he coached out of trouble by giving them all jobs. "They were a great group of young ladies and to keep my eye on them, they... Read more

Is Philly a tough sell?

Monday, May 12, 2014, 3:40 AM
So is it a tough sell to get top executives to relocate to Philadelphia? A couple of the chief executives I've interviewed for the Leadership Agenda said as much. It's the idea of Philadelphia, not the reality. Once people get a look, the city and its environs readily sell themselves, the executives... 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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