Elon Musk laments meeting hell – SCQuARE has a cure!
“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.”
– 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.
– 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.
– 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.
– 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.
Backed up by the Microsoft survey proving that Nearly two of every five days workers spend on the job is wasted on pointless meetings, bad communication and unclear objectives.
At SCQuARE we know that the better the communication the better the meeting – a clear presentation with accurate analysis and clear recommendations can be a powerful antidote to meeting hell.