Saturday, December 20, 2014

Mark Edwards' job advice: Read, network and stay encouraged

Monday, April 7, 2014, 3:30 AM
Mark Edwards runs Philadelphia Works -- an important local agency in the effort to connect people to jobs. So, what's his advice for landing work? I asked him that question during our Leadership Agenda interview published in Monday's Philadelphia Inquirer. Here's his response: "Read as many of the... Read more

How to have a life, if you're the boss

Tuesday, April 1, 2014, 3:55 AM
So how does a person in charge of 8,000 employees in more than a dozen countries, stretching over 5,000 miles on two continents develop a work life balance? "It's a work in process," says Donald Lewis, chief executive of SCA Americas. SCA Americas is the U.S. division of a Swedish company that sells... Read more

What scares CEOs

Monday, March 31, 2014, 3:55 AM
You know what scares CEOs? They are petrified that they aren't going to find out something important about their companies because they are too sheltered by the people who directly report to them. They experience constant tension between the responsibilities of their position and, in many cases, the... Read more

Why executives are different from the rest of us

Friday, March 28, 2014, 12:57 PM
Executives give back to the community. The rest of us volunteer or donate. Read more

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
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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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