Elon Musk 6 Rules for Productivity - What do you think?

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

Here they are:

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:

  • Input
  • Value
  • 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

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

4) Be clear, not clever

Avoid nonsense words and technical jargon.
It slows down communication.
Choose words that are:

  • Concise
  • To the point
  • Easy to understand
    Don’t sound smart. Be efficient.

5) Ditch frequent meetings

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

  • Collaborate
  • 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. Follow principles.

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What do you think about this list?
Do you agree or disagree?
What can you take and apply to your day?

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Would you believe it if I told you that I think Elon Musk hit the nail
on the head on this one? After reading his 6 Rules for Productivity,
it should be no surprise why Elon is a mega success.

Have you ever experienced productivity meetings that follow these
common-sense principles? Up until now, I haven’t. In my previous
role we’d receive annoying emails for upcoming mandatory meetings
which were always a waste of time and energy.

Our meetings were just an excuse for our regional director to shame
underperforming sales reps in front of their peers. To make matters
worse, our director was speaking the same way to everyone, despite
their different personality traits, characteristics, strengths, weaknesses
and motivations.

Let me be clear that Ben Bressington’s book ‘People Ignorant’ is an
absolute game-changer for leaders that wish to communicate more
effectively with their sales organization and hold productive meetings
that will ultimately create success for everyone involved.

People Ignorant is a well-written book with a wealth of information.
It has helped remind me of things I’ve forgotten and taught me the
most effective ways to communicate with different personality types.

We are very fortunate to have a caring, experienced and successful
leader guiding us all toward greatness within the Behavior Sales
organization.

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