Elon Musk is the richest man in the world. The SpaceX and Tesla CEO is reportedly worth US$320 billion. While Elon Musk is working towards colonizing Mars, he’s also achieved a mind-blowing milestone down here on Earth as the first person in modern history to be worth more than US$300 billion.
Elon Musk starts his day with his most critical work and schedules the rest of his day based on priority.
“Focus on signal over noise,” Musk said at the University of Southern California Commencement Speech in 2014. “Don’t waste your time on stuff that doesn’t actually make things better.”
One of the ways he does this is by eliminating as many meetings as he can. “Excessive meetings are the blight of big companies and almost always get worse over time,” the CEO shared in a letter to employees regarding productivity in 2018. “Get rid frequent meetings, unless you are dealing with an extremely urgent matter.”
If you must have a meeting, Musk says “be certain [you are] providing value to the whole audience.” Musk also advises his employees to “walk out or drop off a call as soon as it is obvious you aren’t adding value.”
It’s not rude to leave meetings that are not providing any value, he says.