In an email form Elon Musk to his employees at Tesla in 2018, we can pick up some productivity tips which wew originally aimed at inspiring Tesla employees to meet productivity targets. If you have a deadline to or productivity target to meet ( who doesn’t ) then these tips might give some ideas on how to stay on track and push forward:
1. Say “no” to long meetings
Musk says that long meetings “are a plague for all companies and almost always get worse over time.” The tycoon’s advice is to ditch all those meetings or walk out, unless you are really providing value to the audience. Keep the rest brief.
2. Frequent meetings don’t work either
“The frequency of meetings should decrease, unless it is a very urgent matter,”
3. Leave the meeting if you are not contributing
For Musk “it is not rude to leave, it is rude to make someone waste their time.” The billionaire advises leaving the meeting if you are not adding value
4. Don’t use jargon, communicate effectively
“Anything that needs an explanation inhibits communication.” The employer asks his employees not to use acronyms or words to refer to software, objects or processes in his company.
5. Communicate directly regardless of hierarchy
“Communication must travel the shortest path necessary to get the job done, not through the” chain of command, “he said.
“A major source of problems is poor communication between departments. The way to solve this is to allow the free flow of information between all levels. If to do something between departments, an individual collaborator has to talk to their manager, who talks to a director, who talks to a vice president, who talks to another vice president, who talks to a director, who talks to a manager, who talks to someone who does the actual work, then super silly things will happen. It must be okay for people to speak directly and make the right thing happen. ”
6. Use common sense and don’t follow all the rules
The billionaire explains that if following a “company rule” is obviously ridiculous in a particular situation, then the rule should change. To do this, he recommends using common sense as a guide.
Although theses tips are aimed at production and targets, they act as a welcome reminder that common sense can often be overlooked and unnecessary habitual work protocols can hinder our performance and productivity.