“I try to spark new ideas”

An interview with IMF head Christine Lagarde

Some good quotes:

You need a certain kind of energy that makes you get up in the morning wanting to achieve something during the day.

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I look at it in terms of opportunity. When the situation is really bad, it’s a good occasion to prove yourself.

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Interviewer: When you sense that people are dismissive of you for being “just” a woman, how do you respond?
Lagarde: I say, “Stuff you.”

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…if you don’t challenge a culture, it can become stale. So, yes, I try to foster change.

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Interviewer: I’ve read that you were a synchronized swimmer. Are there times when you wish the IMF functioned with that kind of precision and teamwork?
Lagarde: Yes, though it would be hard without the music.


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