I will not write about the 16-hour working day and very high expectations, I will not write about the rotation among Tesla managers, or about people who do not have to be creative in the companies that Musk manages.
Source: Main companies that are led by Elon Musk
The fact that Elon not only runs Tesla Inc., but also SpaceX, The Boring Company, and Neuralink, is already a great achievement. He conducts them successfully, and INNOVATION is their common distinguishing feature. Therefore, I will continue to focus on innovation.
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Tell me about your way
In more than one interview, Elon has talked about the recruitment interviews conducted by him (and he has personally recruited hundreds of engineers for his companies). He is not impressed by formal education or previous positions. What matters is whether the candidate can be innovative, or if they can solve difficult problems, and Elon listens to the story we have to tell. Were you able to think of something new, and how did you deal with any problems on the way to success? Failures that prove that a candidate is not afraid of taking risk are also a plus. Elon has a way of distinguishing between those who were actually responsible for the achievement they are talking about from those who merely participated and try to “impress” him using someone else’s achievements. Musk asks very detailed questions, and those who have actually dealt with a difficult topic can answer these questions in depth due to the fact that they remember the details well. Everyone else is discarded at this point. What impresses the richest man on Earth today is extraordinary skills in achieving success despite difficulties.
An exemplary achievement from Tesla itself
I have followed some of the achievements of Tesla and SpaceX, and am impressed with both the pace of changes and the changes themselves. They are innovative, bold, and quite simply a masterpiece – such as Octovalve. Here’s what Sandy Munro, one of America’s most respected automotive engineers, said about Octovalve:
“This little valve is brilliant… I wish more people could see how many functions can be handled with one device.” Sandy Munro
Now work hard
If you are innovative and can demonstrate it from your history, you will get a job there – even if you are not nice or if you use a wheelchair. Of course, there are limits to behavior that cannot be exceeded (compensation to Owen Diaz due to racism was expensive). Afterwards, you have to work with extraordinary effort, and you can get a lot of satisfaction from ideas that are implemented quickly. It is best to, like Elon, sleep in a caravan close to your workplace (his house is just a bit more than a large caravan). Below you can see one of the other small examples of engineering innovation at Tesla that impressed me:
Can you be fired from work in Elon Musk’s companies? Of course, and one of the main reasons is if you are not creative or brave enough to propose ideas. At least that’s what I heard from the interviews with Elon. Big car producers have made fun of Tesla for years, as was the case in 2008 when three Falcon rockets exploded. Now, however, that the Tesla Model 3 was the best-selling car in Europe (and California) in September 2021, they are no longer laughing. However, it seems that Tesla is fleeing its competitors faster than they are able to chase it through a culture of fast and decisive innovations. The conservative approach of Ford, GM or Toyota seems to be the biggest burden in the innovation race. If you are a fan of Ford, GM or Toyota, I believe that Legacy Automakers have spectacular achievements, and I would love for them to pick a serious fight with Tesla in order to be successful. For now, TSLA’s stock market capitalization is greater than that of all other car manufacturers combined, which is an anticipation of future financial results.
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An engineer in the management and design of production systems and a graduate of the Business School at Wolverhampton University. He started his professional history in Great Britain - in Ricoh and Viscose Closures, and in Poland - at AT&T and Lucent Technologies. IPMA certification assessor and the first president of IPMA Polska.
He is an editor of the TRIZ Polska community. Author of articles in the field of TRIZ published on the website www.triz.oditk.pl and in Strefa PMI, Controlling and Zarządzanie, LeanCenter, Control Engineering, Mechanik and Puls HR. Founder of the Research and Development group.
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