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CEO lesson: Admit your mistakes, curb your impatience

Monday, June 30, 2014, 3:40 AM
Ever work for a boss with a temper? It's a struggle for some leaders, which is why the topic came up with Mercy Home Health and Mercy LIFE chief executive Carol Quinn. "I can get appropriately unhappy, but I don’t have a bad temper," she told me during our Leadership Agenda interview published... Read more

Don't drift through life; work your plan, executive says

Tuesday, June 24, 2014, 3:30 AM
Geri Swift didn't say this explicitly in our interview, but what scares her is the simple and thoughtless passage of time. If you don't plan your networking, you won't make the connections. If you aren't deliberate about thinking about your business, you'll just fill out the days and never progress... Read more

Executive advice: Plan your networking

Monday, June 23, 2014, 3:05 AM
Networking isn't just gladhanding your way around a business breakfast, says Geri Swift, president of the Women's Business Development Center and the Women's Business Enterprise Council of Pennsylvania, Delaware and southern New Jersey. "I believe that everyone should have in place an annual networking... Read more

Boss' lesson: Curb your temper

Tuesday, June 17, 2014, 3:35 AM
Carl Ortell admits it -- he had a temper, but in order to succeed as a top executive, he had to learn to control it. "I used to raise my voice," Ortell, the president of Automotive Resources Inc., told me in our Leadership Agenda interview published in Monday's Philadelphia Inquirer. "I did lose my... Read more

Catching the runoff from a rival's acquisition

Monday, June 16, 2014, 3:30 AM
The big news in the fleet management business lately was PHH Corp., headquartered in Mt. Laurel, sold its fleet management division to a Canadian company. For Automotive Resources Inc., the fleet management company which has its headquarters across Leadenhall Road from PHH, the $1.4 billion deal was... Read more

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
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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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