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POSTED: Friday, June 18, 2010, 11:53 AM
Filed Under: Management, workplace

The founder and chief executive officer of the Philadelphia Workforce Investment Board will step down as of July 30.

Sallie A. Glickman said that after more than a decade of leading the government-sponsored nonprofit organization, it was time for her to take on new challenges.

Since coming to Philadelphia in 1999 to start the workforce investment board, Glickman has been involved in the creation of several new organizations to address structural challenges in the city’s labor force. We’re talking big issues, such as adult literacy and the low level of college-degree attainment.

POSTED: Thursday, June 17, 2010, 11:53 AM
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If Deloitte L.L.P.’s John Hagel III is right, your next key executive hire may be someone who has proved his mettle by becoming a top guild leader in World of Warcraft.

Actually, the odds of that are pretty good, given that the massively multiplayer online role-playing game now has 11.5 million subscribers.

But why would you want to hire from that group?

POSTED: Wednesday, June 16, 2010, 2:05 AM
Filed Under: Management, workplace

If there’s a better time to discuss leadership, I’m not sure what it is.

Now in its 14th year, the Wharton Leadership Conference will take over Huntsman Hall on the University of Pennsylvania Wednesday amid the man-made catastrophe fouling the Gulf of Mexico.

The failures of BP P.L.C. have riveted the nation for the last eight weeks. CEO Tony Hayward has gone from having no public profile in the United States to becoming the most hated executive in America.

POSTED: Tuesday, June 15, 2010, 8:12 AM

Between 2008 and 2018, employment is expected to increase by 15.3 million, according to projections by the federal Bureau of Labor Statistics.

Coming after a recession that destroyed 8 million jobs, that sounds encouraging.

But a different forecast being released Tuesday by the Georgetown University Center on Education and the Workforce shows that there is a growing disconnect between the types of jobs that employers must fill and the number of Americans with the education and training to do them.

POSTED: Wednesday, April 28, 2010, 8:13 AM
Filed Under: Management, workplace

I have yet to get a press release from a company that says it will not be supporting a park clean-up or homeless shelter repainting.

Not a day goes by that some business doesn’t try to convince me or another reporter to write about its Haiti donation or soup-kitchen volunteer work.

You didn’t read about the thousands of Comcast Corp. employees that turned out for volunteer projects on Saturday’s Comcast Cares Day. Or last Wednesday, when more than 250 Aramark Corp. workers helped spruce up areas in North Philadelphia and Camden.

POSTED: Tuesday, April 27, 2010, 8:16 AM
Filed Under: Management, workplace

While the business world was in slow-down mode for much of 2009, the Philadelphia region hosted a lot of business meetings.

Select Greater Philadelphia analyzed a database assembled by Moorestown-based Basecamp Business of the networking events, conferences, seminars and forums held inside and outside the city.

That online calendar tool had listed 3,504 events in Philadelphia and the 10 other counties that Select Greater Philadelphia considers its core region. (It adds Mercer County in New Jersey and New Castle County in Delaware to the nine-county primary metropolitan statistical area.)

POSTED: Monday, April 12, 2010, 7:40 AM
Filed Under: Management, workplace

Would you believe that there are about 12,000 jobs open in various occupations in the Philadelphia region?

That’s how many the Philadelphia Workforce Investment Board turned up using an analytics tool that scraped various online jobs Web sites during January.

The largest number of job listings, or about 4,000, were in computer and math-related occupations, such as programmers, systems analysts and actuaries. The next biggest group? Registered nurses and various types of therapists accounted for more than 2,000 listings.

POSTED: Thursday, April 8, 2010, 7:50 AM

Losing a job and collecting unemployment stays with you no matter how successful you become.

That was clear as Greg Bentley recounted his “adventures in entrepreneurialism” before a small audience at the University City Science Center Wednesday morning.

He’s the CEO of Bentley Systems Inc., an Exton software company that was started in 1984 by his younger brothers, Keith and Barry, and was housed at the West Philadelphia business incubator in 1986.

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