There are certain people that take rules to be a challenge to their intellect.
Or possibly their ego. Either way for me Elon Musk comes to mind.
For example in April 2018 Elon Musk passed this on to employees –
“Walk out of a meeting or drop off a call as soon as it is obvious you aren’t adding value,” the boss exhorts. “It is not rude to leave, it is rude to make someone stay and waste their time.”
And there’s more: “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.”
Meanwhile he has a firm rule in place – No spending money! Any outlay above $1m will have to be personally approved by Mr. Musk.
Future MBA students are either going to be writing about a revolutionary way of doing things or a revolutionary disaster.
– From the Independent online April 18, 2018
Another interesting fact is the bed in the office for Elon Musk. He has been known to camp out at the office for days at a time.
Are you able to name one other CEO and Founder of a public company who follows this behavior?
Now most people would agree that Elon Musk is a genius.
However, he delights in breaking the rules and not following established practices in just about everything.
My question to you is “How about you?”
Do you follow every rule exactly how they are written?
Do you behave like Elon and clearly break the rules?
Do you find the wriggle room to skate around certain rules?
Feel free to post your method in the comments area.
There are certain rules which are established practices and if you do not follow them you are at your own peril.
When you are looking for a job and have a meeting, an appointment, or an interview be on time. Even better – be five to ten minutes early. If you show up later even just five minutes for your meeting you have a big hole to climb out of before you even start.
If you are seeking to advance your career at your current company and as you network your way up the organization if you name drop or share private stories about other people in the organization you are burned toast. Good luck getting rid of that odor.
During an interview if you are asked questions about the company you must know what you are talking about. When it is time for you to ask questions make certain you ask specific questions about their business and valid questions not available if someone read about the company and their filings.
These are the unwritten rules that must be followed. All of the time.
Mitch Tublin is the CEO and Founder of Wenkroy International LLC a boutique consulting company with a main focus on adding value to people. Through Speaking, Training and Coaching we change lives. Our passion is to take people to the next level in their life and in their career or business.