[Reportedly] Elon Musk sent an email to the staff at Tesla with his 6 rules for productivity. Unsurprisingly, it leaked.
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
Avoid nonsense words and technical jargon.
It slows down communication.
Choose words that are:
- 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:
- 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 the rules. Follow principles.