As far as Athens is concerned, I also think about all those people who are trying to escape tax all the time. All these people in Greece who are trying to escape tax.
Every day, you have to prove yourself and convince – move forward and challenge yourself. And doubt all the time.
Gender-dominated environments are not good… particularly in the financial sector where there are too few women. In gender-dominated environments, men have a tendency to… show how hairy chested they are, compared with the man who’s sitting next to them. I honestly think that there should never be too much testosterone in one room.
Grit your teeth and smile. In the face of adversity, go. They don’t deserve you.
I do believe women have different ways of taking risks, of ruminating a bit more before they jump to conclusions. And I think that as a result, particularly on the, on, you know, on the trading floor, in the financial markets in general, the approach would be different.
I guess economists, it’s a bit like scientists; you have definitely fewer women in that field.
I hate to say there are female and male ways of dealing with power, because I think each of us has a male and a female part. But based on my own experience, women will tend to be inclusive, to reach out more, to care a little more.
I have a theory that women are generally given space and appointed to jobs when the situation is tough. I’ve observed that in many instances. In times of crisis, women eventually are called upon to sort out the mess, face the difficult issues and be completely focused on restoring the situation.
I have lived with extraordinary women, whether it was my grandmother, my mother. My father passed away when I was 16… I was witness to a woman who single handedly brought up the entire family and managed to do everything… She was an extraordinary role model for me.
I know this is economic jargon, but essentially, if you bring more women to the job market, you create value, it makes economic sense, and growth is improved. There are countries where it’s almost a no-brainer: Korea, Japan, soon to be China, certainly Germany, Italy. Why? Because they have an aging population.
I learned that you can constantly improve, and that you should not be shy about your views, and about the direction that you believe is right.
I look under the skin of countries’ economies, and I help them make better decisions and be stronger, to prosper and create employment.
I love cooking. Not for myself alone. Cooking is about giving.
I think more of the little kids from a school in a little village in Niger who get teaching two hours a day, sharing one chair for three of them, and who are very keen to get an education. I have them in my mind all the time. Because I think they need even more help than the people in Athens.
I think there are multiple studies now to demonstrate that diversity, a better balance between genders, but also between different fields as well, is actually conducive to better growth, better bottom line, better results.
I was praised in the U.S. and heavily, brutally criticized in France.
I’m not in the business of reading tea leaves. I don’t have a crystal ball.
I’m of those who believe that excesses in all matters are not a good idea, whether it’s formation of bubbles, whether it’s excess in the financial market, whether it’s excess of inequality, it has to be watched, it has to be measured, and it has to be anticipated in terms of consequences.
I’m proud that somebody like myself has made it to the very top.
I’m very much a believer that it’s action that matters much more so than, you know, the flurry of political promises and statements and slogans that are used during political campaigns.
If female were working in the same proportion as men do, the level of GDP would be up 27 percent in a country like India, but also up 9 percent in Japan and up 5 percent in the United States of America. It’s not just a moral issue, not just a philosophical issue. It just makes economic sense.
In the 2013 Economists Program, we hired 51 percent women, 49 percent men. And the reason for that is that we have a draft from all over the world, and we’ve hired, for instance, in that group, a good number of Chinese economists – highly qualified, all Ph.D.s from the best universities of the world. And guess what? They’re all women.
It’s a question of not so much pushing the boys out of the picture, but making the whole frame bigger so that both men and women access the labor market, contribute to the economy, generate growth, have jobs, and so on.
It’s become my brand in a way, you know, speaking the truth even though it was not politically correct.
Markets love volatility.
My father passed away after three years of debilitating disease, which transformed a very strong and bright man into a real wreck. And that is hard. You have to get out of that stronger, if you can, which I was lucky to be able to. I was the eldest of the family, and I had to support my mother and help my brothers.
Regulation is necessary, particularly in a sector, like the banking sector, which exposes countries and people to a risk.
The Europeans governments have massively changed the landscape in Europe. There is no doubt about it. They have put together the European Financial Stability Fund. They have discussed and approved the European Stability Mechanism.
The financial industry is a service industry. It should serve others before it serves itself.
There is a very strong linkage between U.S. banks and European banks. There are plenty of European employees that are employed by U.S. companies, and there are plenty of U.S. employees that are employed by European companies.
To me, leadership is about encouraging people. It’s about stimulating them. It’s about enabling them to achieve what they can achieve – and to do that with a purpose.
Very often as a little girl, then as a young woman, I have suffered my lot of discrimination. I was brought up with brothers; I grew up in a boys’ world. You have to elbow your way in. When you come with that sentiment of having been in a minority for a long period of time, then you are much more attentive to minorities.
When I started my life as a baby lawyer, I was interviewing with all the best firms then at the time, and one of them was, you know, probably the most reputable in France, and told me, ‘You can join us tomorrow and be an associate, be given great tasks and great files and great clients to work on, but don’t ever expect to make partnership.’
When my father passed away and then when later on I gave birth, those are sort of ground-breaking experiences that put everything else into perspective.
You are never wrong when you have voted because you’ve acted in accordance with your conscience and your beliefs, and you’ve exercised your democratic right, which is, you know, perfectly legitimate in our democracies.
You know, when I sit in meetings and things are very tense and people take things extremely seriously and they invest a lot of their ego, I sometimes think to myself, ‘Come on, you know, there’s life and there’s death and there is love.’ And all of that ego business is nonsense compared to that.