Art of the App

Alex MacCallum on leading innovation at the NY Times and leaning into your strengths

March 29, 2021 Michelle Cherian Episode 2
Art of the App
Alex MacCallum on leading innovation at the NY Times and leaning into your strengths
Show Notes

Great leadership and management are at the heart of every great company. In this episode of the Art of the App Podcast, my guest Alex MacCallum shares her experience of leading successful teams and actionable steps you can take right now to be a better manager and leader. Some of the talking points Alex and I go over in this episode include:

  • Alex’s career journey from her early days as an editorial aide at the Washington Post to holding her current position as the Head Product for Standalone Products at The New York Times. 
  • New product development and innovation at a large legacy institution like the NY Times has its pros and cons.
  • What it is like to lead innovation and be the first person to bridge the divide between business and news and how it’s so different now than it was 10 years ago. 
  • Building a successful team from the ground up, a team where people years later make a point to tell her how it was the most fun work experience they’ve had. 
  • 30, 60, 90 day plans to get your team winning from the start.    

Alex’s advice — for anyone entering their career, be yourself. Lean into the way that you are wired and trust that it is valuable and you don’t need to change anything about yourself. Be sure to tune in to all the episodes to receive tons of practical tips on innovation & leadership and to hear even more about the points outlined above.

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