Here's the image that Yahoo (YHOO) CEO Marissa Mayer put up on the screen yesterday when she talked publicly for the first time about the HR policy that brought her worldwide controversy.
"I need to talk about the elephant in the room," Mayer said at the Great Place to Work conference in Los Angeles. In case you don't get her joke, the "WFH" on the pachyderm's back is the CEO's code for "Work From Home." This is the work-style that Mayer believes must end if she's going to turn Yahoo around.
"People are more productive when they're alone," Mayer explained. "But they're more collaborative and innovative when they're together."
Here is my Fortune colleague Chris Tkaczyk's account of Mayer's talk about working at Yahoo. And my interview with Mayer last November -- her first after taking the job as Yahoo CEO -- is this week's featured Fortune Brainstorm Podcast. You can find the conversation here.
A look at Silicon Valley's two most powerful women from a journalist who has known both for nearly a decade--and offers news about Mayer's controversial HR policy and nursery at Yahoo
Never in the history of book marketing has there been a crusade quite like Sheryl Sandberg's. Last Thursday in New York, the Facebook (FB) COO hobnobbed with former U.S. Treasury Secretary Tim Geithner, film director George Lucas and Barbara Walters MOREPatricia Sellers - Mar 11, 2013 3:37 PM ET
FORTUNE -- Marissa Mayer made a global splash last summer for landing the Yahoo (YHOO) CEO job while six months pregnant.
Then she grabbed the spotlight for starting a cultural revolution at the dozing tech giant—using perks like free smartphones and her so-called PB&J initiative to un-stick innovation.
Today, with Mayer making the front page of the New York Times (above the fold, no less) for her decision to require employees to MOREPatricia Sellers - Feb 26, 2013 3:23 PM ET
"Marissa Mayer on God, Family & Yahoo" turned out to be Fortune.com's No. 1 story on Facebook (FB) and LinkedIn (LNKD) last week--and one of the most-read Fortune.com stories of 2012.
When I sat on stage with Mayer last Tuesday at Fortune's Most Powerful Women dinner in Palo Alto--for the first interview that the Yahoo (YHOO) CEO has done since taking the job in July--I had no clue that her comments MOREPatricia Sellers - Dec 3, 2012 2:34 PM ET
Here is Yahoo (YHOO) CEO Marissa Mayer talking with me Tuesday evening in her first interview since she joined the troubled web giant from Google (GOOG) in July.
At the Fortune Most Powerful Women dinner in Palo Alto, California, she covered the gamut: turnaround plans, mobile strategy, acquisition outlook...and baby Macallister.
More Most Powerful Women coveragePatricia Sellers - Nov 28, 2012 1:22 PM ET
FORTUNE -- Marissa Mayer did her first interview since becoming CEO of Yahoo (YHOO) last night. She sat down with me at the Fortune Most Powerful Women dinner in Palo Alto, California.
Here's my colleague Michal Lev-Ram's story about the interview.
And here are two clips of my interview with Mayer:
By the way, even though Mayer was heading home to her two-month-old baby, Macallister, and bound for Washington early this morning to meet MOREPatricia Sellers - Nov 28, 2012 11:42 AM ET
The Yahoo chief will sit for her first interview since taking the helm.
FORTUNE -- Where will Marissa Mayer take Yahoo? I'll be asking Yahoo's new CEO tonight, on stage at the Fortune Most Powerful Women dinner in Palo Alto.
This will be Mayer's first interview since she moved to Yahoo (YHOO) from Google (GOOG) last July. You can watch it tomorrow right here on Postcards.
There are lots of topics we could MOREPatricia Sellers - Nov 27, 2012 7:00 AM ET
Marissa Mayer's baby boy has a name...Macallister.
The 37-year-old boss left Google (GOOG) in July to lead a high-profile turnaround at Yahoo (YHOO)--the first person ever to take charge at a Fortune 500 company while pregnant.
Ever since Mayer delivered her baby on September 30, the public has known him only as BBBB—Big Baby Boy Bogue, the moniker given to him by mom and dad, Zachary Bogue.
Turns out, Mayer and husband Zack, MOREPatricia Sellers - Oct 22, 2012 2:55 PM ET
Meet her impressive new hires.
FORTUNE -- More than just importing Google (GOOG) culture -- free food! free smartphones! -- to Yahoo (YHOO), CEO Marissa Mayer is bringing in Google talent too. On Monday, which was Mayer's first day back since delivering a baby boy September 30, Yahoo announced the appointment of Henrique de Castro as COO. De Castro is one of several recruits whom Mayer used to work with at MOREPatricia Sellers - Oct 16, 2012 12:28 PM ET
She is No. 3 on Fortune's 40 Under 40, No. 14 on the Fortune Most Powerful Women list, and at 37, the youngest CEO--male or female--on the Fortune 500.
How did Marissa Mayer climb so far so fast?
This picture of Mayer--who is on the right, with her best friend from childhood, Abigail Garvey Wilson--offers a glimpse of where she came from. I talked with Abby, as well as dozens of other MOREPatricia Sellers - Oct 12, 2012 9:44 AM ET
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