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Hasham Vakani


[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:
    - 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 the rules. Follow principles.

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