Elon Musk's Email To Employees: 'Six Points' For Better Productivity

  1. Get rid of excessive meetings

    “Excessive meetings are the blight of big companies and almost always get worse over time. Please get (rid) of all large meetings, unless you’re certain they are providing value to the whole audience, in which case keep them very short.”

  2. Get rid of frequent meetings.

    “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.”

  3. If you aren’t adding value to the meeting, leave.

    “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,”

  4. Use descriptive words for more effective communication.

    “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,”

  5. Communication through chain of command is unnecessary.

    ” 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.”

  6. Common sense overrides company 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.”