Elon Musk’s Tips To Productivity In The Company

In many ways, Elon Musk is redefining what it means to be an entrepreneur. For years, his unconventional management style at Tesla and SpaceX has spawned a template for how people should run their businesses. Elon Musk gets a lot done. Here are productivity tips Musk offers in a letter to his employees:

Communicate directly, irrespective of hierarchy

Communication is one of the important things at work.

“Communication should travel via the shortest path necessary to get the job done, not through the ‘chain of command’. Any manager who attempts to enforce chain of command communication will soon find themselves working elsewhere.

 Company hierarchies should not hinder communication!
Company hierarchies should not hinder communication!

“A major source of issues is poor communication between departments. The way to solve this is allow free flow of information between all levels. If, in order to get something done between depts, an individual contributor has to talk to their manager, who talks to a director, who talks to a VP, who talks to another VP, who talks to a director, who talks to a manager, who talks to someone doing the actual work, then super dumb things will happen. It must be ok for people to talk directly and just make the right thing happen.”

Follow logic, not rules

“In general, always pick common sense as your guide. If following a ‘company rule’ is obviously ridiculous in a particular situation, such that it would make for a great Dilbert cartoon, then the rule should change.”

Expressing your thoughts and opinions at work is not prohibited. Hence, when you see that the rules doesn’t really make sense in a situation, you can always talk to your immediate superior and relay what you think.

Eliminate productivity killers, no matter how small.

 Remain focused at work while drinking your favorite cup of coffee!
Remain focused at work while drinking your favorite cup of coffee!

“Excessive meetings are the blight of big companies and almost always get worse over time.” He urged his managers to do away with large meetings unless they are certain that it will provide value to everyone. Even if this is the case, he said to keep them short.

“Also get rid of frequent meetings, unless you are dealing with an extremely urgent matter. Meeting frequency should drop rapidly once the urgent matter is resolved.”

In addition, he also stated, “Walk out of a meeting or drop off a call as soon as it is obvious you aren’t adding value. It is not rude to leave, it is rude to make someone stay and waste their time.”

Drop jargon

“Don’t use acronyms or nonsense words for objects, software or processes at Tesla. In general, anything that requires an explanation inhibits communication. We don’t want people to have to memorize a glossary just to function at Tesla.”

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