How the power players do it - by Fortune senior editor at large Patricia Sellers

Carol Bartz on boards, Yahoo, and new CEO Mayer

October 8, 2012: 4:48 PM ET

It's been a long time since we've heard from Carol Bartz, the Yahoo (YHOO) CEO who was famously fired by phone last year—and told Fortune in no uncertain terms about working with a dysfunctional corporate board.

Bartz is no longer a CEO, but she still is the lead independent director at Cisco (CSCO) and, having been on eight boards in the past 20 years, understands what makes boards functional and not. In an exclusive interview at last week's Fortune Most Powerful Women Summit, Bartz spoke her mind. Today's New York Times has a story about the Bartz interview by Claire Cain Miller, who attended the Summit. If you want to see Bartz in action talking about boards, Yahoo, and new CEO Marissa Mayer, here is my on-stage conversation with her at the MPW Summit:

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