I came across a leaked letter that Elon Musk sent to Tesla not that long ago.
Being that Elon’s Mom was from Saskatchewan we thought what not a better leader to look up to when looking at workplace productivity. Tesla has grown into an amazing company that has a “Cinderella-esque” theme to it. Always an underdog, always doing something different than the norm, if there’s one thing we’ve come to rely on Elon for, it’s innovative thinking. So when it comes to productivity we view opinions from Musk as invaluable advice to take into any organization, yes even (insert slow moving bureaucracy) type organizations.
My grandmother was from Moose Jaw
— Elon Musk (@elonmusk) May 13, 2017
The email was direct, it talks about precision, profitability and progress. The most interesting part was the last part where he says “Btw, here are a few productivity recommendations”. Basically he sums up what goes wrong at big companies and organizations. Inefficiencies that are handed down from old bureaucrats to bureaucrats in training. Using the excuse of “but it’s always been done that way!” or “we’ve never done it that way!”.
To the Musks of the world, we need you. The status quo has never helped anyone, it’s time to change up the way you organize your workplace.
Here are Elon Musk’s productivity tips in a nutshell:
No large meetings. They’re inefficient and waste time.
No frequent meetings. You shouldn’t need regular meetings unless there is a crisis, after the crisis is over stop meeting regularly.
Leave meetings you aren’t adding or getting value from. I love the quote: “It is not rude to leave, it is rude to make someone stay and waste their time.”
No use of specialized language, no fancy words, no fancy acronyms. Trying to make people feel bad for not know what you’re talking about it is in poor taste.
Communicate with whoever you need to, there’s no such thing as “chain of command”
Use common sense more than “company rule”
If there’s a way to make the company better let someone else know, don’t just keep it to yourself!
“It is not rude to leave [a meeting], it is rude to make someone stay and waste their time.”