I started this crisp autumn morning by attending the ’s captivating “Viewpoints Executive Breakfast Series” featuring a conversation between WSJ editor Alan Murray and Chairman and CEO, Kenneth Chenault. I found Chenault to be refreshing, balanced and pragmatic on a variety of topics, ranging from (on this morning after a historic mid-term election) and the economy, to leadership and corporate responsibility.

Here are a few highlights from this lively 60-minute exchange between Chenault, the Amex chief since 2001, and Murray, the WSJ’s Deputy Managing Editor and Executive Editor, Online.