9 secrets for success from Tesla and SpaceX CEO Elon Musk – Ladders

9 secrets for success from Tesla and SpaceX CEO Elon Musk – Ladders

Elon Musk
Elon Musk is the rare kind of CEO that other CEOs become fanboys about.Musk, the co-founder Tesla, is also known for his leadership at rocket company SpaceX, PayPal and Zip2 and OpenAI, not to mention his plans for the superfast train system known as the Hyperloop. Musk also launched NeuraLink in March of this year. Some of his revolutionary ideas include taking people to Mars through SpaceX and digging underground tunnels in LA to avoid traffic through The Boring Company (which has reportedly begun). Musk was also ranked in eighth place out of 100 executives on the 2017 Glassdoor Highest Rated CEOs list for his leadership at SpaceX. But this is not to say that Musk’s companies haven’t faced challenges — for example, as CNBC points out while referring to Musk’s spot on Glassdoor’s 2017 list and a positive employee review on the site, “though SpaceX recently finalized the settlement of a class action lawsuit filed by employees claiming unfair compensation, clearly many of those who work for him are big fans.” Musk built all of that, then rebuilt it again after 2010, when he was broke. What’s the magic that makes Musk so successful? Here are some of his advice and practices, which you ....


“He has the will. ‘Elon is not afraid of breaking things — he will break himself if he has to, ’ says Justine Musk, his first wife and the mother of his five children.” Choose carefully who you work with Musk famously asks interview candidates one question and listens closely to what they say. The answer tells him who really knows what they’re doing and who’s grandstanding, and it helps him choose employees who are likely to share his goals and work ethic. Here it is: “Tell me the story of your life and the decisions that you made along the way and why you made them and also tell me about some of the most difficult problems you worked on and how you solved them.” Be bold Musk is not known for standing on ceremony. When there’s a business deal to be done, he’ll be direct about it. One of his business partners, Jim Cantrell, recounted Musk’s intense approach to getting a business meeting — complete with cloak-and-dagger machinations to keep his plans and his phone number a secret. .

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