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.
- They discourage debate
- People are more guarded than open
- There’s not enough time for everyone to contribute
- 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:
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
- Communicate with colleagues directly.
- Not through supervisors or managers.
- Fast communicators make fast decisions.
- Fast decisions = competitive advantage.
4) Be clear, not clever
- To the point
- Easy to understand
- Don’t sound smart. Be efficient.
5) Ditch frequent meetings
Use meetings to:
- Attack issues head-on
- 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:-
- Send a text
- Send an email
- 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:
- Make sense
- Contribute to progress
- Apply to your specific situation
Avoid following the rule with your eyes closed.
Don’t follow rules.
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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.
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