A Forum for Innovation
Introducing Member: Elena Haliczer
Company: The Huffington Post
Position: Product Director
City: New York
Cultural Ambassador: no
Interests: Agile and/or Rapid Application Development and Design, Data Visualization, Executive Coaching, Innovative HR, Media, Start-Ups, Technology
Questions and AnswersWhat will you say about the work you've done at the end of your career?
I hope that I can say that I built teams that functioned and scaled without me.Where do you go for inspiration?
Inspiration comes from outside. We tend to get into industry silos, each of us reading the same material, and going to the same meetups. Our ideas start looking the same because we're all addressing the same set of problems from the same starting point. In order to get a fresh perspective on solutions, and even the set of problems that exist, I read widely, talk to strangers, and listen to the experts from industries outside of tech and startups.How do you build resilience into your work & company?
Resilience is about trust. I find people who are smart about product, capable of leading, and direct in their communication up, and down. When I find these people, I give them responsibility to build out their own teams, time and space to grow into a leadership position, and support and protection if and when they need it. Resilience means letting other people lead and building teams that are self-sufficient and healthy in their communication. In a truly resilient organization, one person leaving especially at the top should in any way derail progress or shake the confidence of or commitment in the people remaining.What keeps you up at night?
When miscommunication occurs between team members and stakeholders, I am preoccupied until the confusion has been resolved.What gets you up in the morning?
I wake up in the morning with the thought that 'today' is the day that I will launch x or improve y, and that these products will make people's jobs or even their lives easier and therefore, better. Product development is rewarding because it has an immediate impact.How is your work cross-cultural?
Right now I work on products that alter the creative process of publishing, and the news consumption space. I work for a media company with a global reach and teams around the world. It's by nature cross-cultural.
I run product development at The Huffington Post, focused on the core CMS, our social news program, and our community products including JuLiA which was developed by my former company Adaptive Semantics (acquired by HuffPost in June 2010).