OTS 043: Subversive Leadership – Mary Pilon

Subversive Leadership - Mary Pilon

Today’s guest has covered a wide range of topics as a reporter for The Wall Street Journal and The New York Times. She chiefly covers sports, business, and politics, including both the Rio & London Olympics, doping coverage, features on legal and financial issues in sports, and the occasional video shot from a dog sled. Her work regularly appears in leading publications like the New Yorker, Esquire, and Bloomberg BusinessWeek.

Her work has received many honors and awards, including as part of The Wall Street Journal’s team that won Gerald Loeb and New York Press Club Awards in 2011 for covering the “Flash Crash” of 2010. She was included in Forbes magazine’s first-ever 30 Under 30 list for media.

We met at a networking dinner hosted by Dorie Clark and I was fascinated to learn that she had written a New York Times bestseller about the history of the board game Monopoly. She really has a broad range of interests and experiences.

Please join me in welcoming Mary Pilon.

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In this episode we explore:

  • how she defines leadership, “Leadership when you are in a creative field, you need to be a little bit more subversive and a little bit more out of the MBA box.”
  • the power journalists have, “Figuring out where do you want people’s attention to be shifted.”
  • why she thought she would have a greater impact as a journalist rather than a lawyer
  • what she does to stay relevant in an ever-changing industry
  • how she manages her time as a solopreneur, “Nobody tells you to take a vacation, no one tells you to take a break.”

Stay tuned until the end of the episode to hear what I thought were the key takeaways you could put into practice this week and benefit from for years to come.

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