Elon Musk reportedly sent an email to the Tesla team that leaked. (Hopefully this isn't some urban legend.)
It had 6 rules of productivity.
I know he’s a polarizing figure, but if you can separate the message from the messenger, there is some goodness in these rules.
Here are the 6:
1) Avoid large meetings
“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.”
2) Leave a meeting if you’re not contributing
“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.”
3) Forget the chain of command
“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.”
4) Be clear, not clever
“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.”
5) Ditch frequent meetings
“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.”
6) Pick common sense
“In general, always pick common sense as your guide. If following a 'company rule' is obviously ridiculous in a particular situation, such that it would make for a great Dilbert cartoon, then the rule should change.”