Mary Callahan Erdoes has a funny story about her boss, Jamie Dimon, that working moms everywhere can appreciate.
The chief executive of JPMorgan Chase's asset management unit recalled what happened when she brought her kids to the office on one of the many working weekends she had during the financial crisis.
Erdoes ranks as the No. 1 Most Powerful Woman in Finance again this year.
ERDOES: I wanted to get that work-life balance somewhere back in check. I would bring my children into the office. I sit on the floor with Jamie Dimon. And they were long weekends were we would come in. And I would take my two youngest, who happen to be in the room tonight, Morgan and Mason. They were two and five at the time, and I would stick them in my office, and I would say, “Don’t talk, and don’t move. And here’s a whole lot of candy and food and whatever you want. And I’m going to be back after I come out of the conference room where we’re going to have this meeting.”
And I will never forget the day that I came out of the conference room. It had been just an awfully long meeting. I came back to my office. There was nobody in my office. I looked down the hall, and I kid you not, there was a two-year-old with no bottoms on, standing in front of Jamie’s office with a five-year-old, in Jamie’s office, doing handstands. And he was sitting there watching. And at the moment I realized that is when you have to just laugh at yourself. And the more human you are, the more superhuman you are to the rest of the people.