Elon Musk:- Meetings & Productivity


Elon Musk sent an email to the staff at Tesla with his 6 rules for productivity.Unsurprisingly, it leaked.


Here are the rules.


1) Avoid large meetings

Large meetings waste valuable time and energy.

  1. They discourage debate
  2. People are more guarded than open
  3. There’s not enough time for everyone to contribute
  4. Don’t schedule large meetings unless you’re certain they provide value to everyone.


2) Leave a meeting if you’re not contributing

If a meeting doesn’t require your:

  1. Input
  2. Value
  3. Decisions

Your presence is useless.

It’s not rude to leave a meeting.

But it’s rude to waste people’s time.


3) Forget the chain of command

  1. Communicate with colleagues directly.
  2. Not through supervisors or managers.
  3. Fast communicators make fast decisions.
  4. Fast decisions = competitive advantage.


4) Be clear, not clever

Avoid nonsense words and technical jargon.
It slows down communication.
Choose words that are:-
  1. Concise
  2. To the point
  3. Easy to understand
  4. Don’t sound smart. Be efficient.

5) Ditch frequent meetings

There’s no better way to waste everyone’s time.
Use meetings to:

  1. Collaborate
  2. Attack issues head-on
  3. Solve urgent problems

But once you resolve the issue, frequent meetings are no longer necessary.
You can resolve most issues without a meeting.
Instead of meetings:-

  1. Send a text
  2. Send an email
  3. Communicate on a discord or slack channel

Don’t interrupt your team’s workflow if it’s unnecessary.

6) Use common sense

If a company rule doesn’t:

  1. Make sense
  2. Contribute to progress
  3. Apply to your specific situation

Avoid following the rule with your eyes closed.

Don’t follow rules.

Follow principles.


JN Naphade

Director | Technology Strategist and Leader | Technical Director | Sr. Principal Architect

Applying the equivalent of electric car efficiency fundamentals to the organization. 😁 😁 😁
The efficient use of battery power, limiting idling, reducing friction, a small and more efficient engine, avoid any unnecessary energy conversion or operations, and maximize the output as much as possible.


Kaylynn Cartwright

Author, Specimen Processing Supervisor at Quest Diagnostics


I agree with all of them. I think wasting somebody’s time is the rudest thing anyone could do.
leaving a meeting when it doesn’t benefit you especially when you can’t add value should be encouraged.
The world of work is changing and the way we manage productivity needs to change too.


Rebecca Greene

I provide digital marketing for financial advisors by creating quality content


These are great! I would add, have an agenda and action steps for meetings. No more of “I really don’t have much to go over.”


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