Power Point: Don’t rely on the power of the position

“I’ve always felt that if I ever had to use my power–the power that came with my position and title–in a more overt way, rather than just having it there in the background, then I would have failed somehow.”

–Jami Miscik, global head of sovereign risk at Lehman Brothers , offered her take on power last evening at a Fortune Most Powerful Women dinner in Chicago. Miscik, whom Pattie Sellers profiled in a fascinating Fortune story last year, The Spy Goes to Wall Street, managed to escape the chaos swirling around her firm to make it to our event (and on 9/11 yet; she played a key role at the CIA seven years ago, and Lehman, which had lost its headquarters in the World Trade Center attacks, subsequently hired her to be their geopolitical risk guru). She talked about global risk, the food crisis and more with fellow panelists Irene Rosenfeld, CEO of Kraft and Pat Woertz, CEO of ADM . You’ll see more from them on Postcards soon.

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