Late Lunchtime Links: Jamie Dimon and the mother test - how to assess whether you're treating female colleagues nicely or not

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New York Magazine has been spending some time with Jamie Dimon: 122 minutes to be precise. During that time it has elicited several things that weren't previously known about the chief executive of the US bank, including the fact that he has received death threats and is unable to leave the building without security guards.

New York Magazine also reveals that Jamie Dimon is usually a calm and implacable person: “I never get anxious,” Dimon says, “I don’t normally.” And it discloses that Dimon never even contemplated resigning for one moment over the Bruno Iksil affair. 

Most interestingly, Dimon suggests a quick rule-of-thumb method for establishing whether you're treating your colleagues acceptably, especially if they happen to be women: ask yourself if you would subject your mother to that kind of behaviour.

Specifically, Dimon said he felt terrible about Ina Drew who had worked for the firm for three decades and was being 'hung out to dry' (as we indeed suggested at the time). In an effort to defend Drew, Dimon said he told JPMorgan senior staff: "Guys, that could be your mother. You want me to treat your mother that way?’”

Whether Drew and other female bankers really want to be compared to male colleagues' mothers is another question, however.


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