Here's a workplace dilemma: How does a male boss mentor a woman in a world where 64% of men are afraid to be in a room alone with a female employee?
Ken Chenault has no fear. "You've got to develop relationships. You can't do things just in a formal context," says the American Express (AXP) CEO, who promotes informal mentoring at his company.
Here's Chenault and Facebook (FB) COO Sheryl Sandberg talking with me about workplace challenges and Lean In's lessons for high-powered bosses like him.
And do you want to know how Sandberg applies her Lean In philosophy to her own life at work and at home? Listen to my podcast interview here.
Sheryl Sandberg's Lean In: Women, Work and the Will to Lead seems to be a book for women only.
Maybe it's not.
New York Mayor Mike Bloomberg and JPMorgan Chase (JPM) Jamie Dimon threw book-promo bashes for Sandberg this past week.
This morning, I met with Sandberg and American Express (AXP) CEO Ken Chenault—another male master of the universe whom the Facebook (FB) COO has captured on her Lean In bandwagon.
Maybe it's feminist MOREPatricia Sellers - Mar 13, 2013 4:18 PM ET
by Jessica Shambora
Who's hiring? Hardly anybody, yet. But as you dream about recovery, you'd better be thinking about how to upgrade your talent. You'll be hiring again someday. Really.
We talked about hiring at the recent Fortune Most Powerful Women Summit, where this year's theme was "Betting on the Future." A session called "Building a Standout Start-up" was led by two CEOs who are in major hiring mode. We thought we'd MOREJessica Shambora, Writer-Reporter - Oct 7, 2009 1:55 AM ET
by Jessica Shambora
It's a given that when corporations suffer, so do the charitable groups that rely on them for support.
Amidst the financial crisis, many strapped non-profits face funding losses as the need for their services rises. And unlike their counterparts at for-profit corporations, not-for-profit execs haven't had the proper leadership training do what's needed -- restructuring, staff cuts, even mergers with other organizations. A recent study by Bridgespan Group shows MOREJessica Shambora, Writer-Reporter - May 12, 2009 3:56 PM ET
"In an uncertain environment, what do you need? You need trust in management. Don't hunker in the bunker."
-- American Express (AXP) chairman and CEO Ken Chenault in an interview today at the Fortune 500 Forum. Chenault talked about becoming CEO in 2001, amidst both a crisis in confidence in American Express ("A number of folks were almost writing us off," he said) and the crisis of 9/11. He learned then MOREJessica Shambora, Writer-Reporter - Dec 3, 2008 5:17 PM ET
I took a 7 a.m. Acela from New York to Washington, D.C. this morning to meet with D.C. Public Schools Chancellor Michelle Rhee and then attend the Fortune 500 Forum, beginning this afternoon. My train was on time to the minute; Rhee's red-eye from the West Coast was delayed by D.C. fog, so she and I are now due to meet Wednesday. I'll share my thoughts later this week about Rhee, who MOREPatricia Sellers - Dec 1, 2008 2:05 PM ET
The upshot of the government's bailout of Citigroup (C): millions of calmed investors, 350,000 relieved employees, and one CEO who is hanging on to his job at least for a while.
Vikram Pandit's apparent security at the helm of Citi may be a good thing. For all his faults - his failure to get a timely grip on the company's toxic assets, his unconvincing arguments last week that Citi is adequately MOREPatricia Sellers - Nov 24, 2008 4:44 PM ET
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