Executive VP Jim Brown retires as “MVP” of PBP

PBP celebrated Executive Vice President of Operations Jim Brown’s retirement on August 8th with a baseball-themed picnic in honor of their “most valuable player.” [Read more…]

PBPers take on the Wellness Challenge

PBP launched a Wellness Program this summer, and the first round just ended with participating employees earning water bottles and ear buds – and sharing in $5,000 in company-sponsored gift cards to a store of their choice.

Partnered with Cigna, the new health insurer, employees volunteered for biometric screenings, blood pressure checks and more to improve their health- and their lives.
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PBP people talk about leadership

leadership1I played sports all my life. Most recently at Franklin & Marshall College, I was a coxswain on the varsity rowing team.

As a PBP Intern, transition from school life to professional work, those experiences got me thinking about leadership, what it takes to succeed, and how leaders can impact success.

So I walked the halls of PBP one day, asking this question to a few people: “What does it take to be a leader?”

Here’s what I learned.

Nicole Riegel, Executive EducationA leader needs to build credibility and trust with his/her team so that the team will become followers for his/her vision.  Due to credibility and trust the team is willing to take some risks and the leader is allowed a few mistakes. A leader should maximizes people’s strengths for the greater good.

Curt Brown, Editorial: A good leader needs to have a clear vision who leads by example rather than by dictating others.

Jess White, Editorial: True leaders motivate and inspire others to do their best work. They listen to everyone’s ideas, and they’re open to trying different suggestions to improve things for the group as a whole. 

Cheryl Jordan, Product Marketing: A good leader needs to be a good listener who pays attention to people’s individual needs.

Dannie Evans, PBPMedia: You yourself as a leader need passion. Saturate yourself in it, and let it drip onto your employees. Have that passion translate into something everyone can take on as their own.

Ed Satell, Founder & CEO: Don’t be cynical. Focus on the positive by maximizing the values in yourself and others. It takes time to be a leader — you need to be a follower first. Ego is a good thing, but don’t let it shadow the wants and needs of others. You have to be able to take the rotten tomatoes when people throw them. But most of all: Be authentic. At the same time, accept the superficiality in people, it can be a good thing, but know when to focus on the real. Make an environment to address real thoughts.

Ed Satell talks up Corporate Responsibility at LeBow

Ed Satell sits alongside LeBow professor Daniel Korschun

Ed Satell sits alongside LeBow professor Daniel Korschun

If the topic is Corporate Social Responsibility, then you can bet PBP Founder & CEO Ed Satell is probably somewhere nearby.

And that was exactly the case during a recent panel discussion on that very topic sponsored by Drexel University’s LeBow College of Business.

The event was moderated by Daniel Korschun, a nationally recognized expert on the topic, and attended by more than 300 MBA candidates and professors.

Ed was a member of the panel of distinguished business leaders discussing whether corporate social responsibility efforts improve the bottom line.

Among other things, Ed stated that: “In today’s world, sustainability is a great marketing concept. It’s in businesses’ self-interest. All wealth comes from the community; to be successful, businesses need successful communities.

“You can’t say if I had the time and if I had the money, I’d do it,” he continued. “Everybody’s got some time and everybody’s got some money. Get involved in something you’re passionate about.”

The discussions serve as a focal point for the exchange of theory and best practices among business leaders, professors and researchers.