Elon Musk - Be Less Wrong

Leaders of construction companies will likely never be at the same level of cutting-edge development as Elon Musk is between Space-X and Tesla.

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Except; of course for the first contractor on Mars!  

Quote: You should take the approach that you're wrong. Your goal is to be less wrong. Elon Musk.

Remember that Elon Musk came from a technical background where he was use to creating the future - things that did not exist yet.  His first couple companies were all software with light requirements on capital, relatively small workforce, a single engineering discipline, little government regulation and fewer stakeholders.  

As he is building Space-X and Tesla the complexity has been increased exponentially and he is having to learn to lead through that complexity.  He has had to get use to that constant feeling of uncertainty and refine his skills leading a team even in the face of opposition, failures and many unknowns. 

What construction leaders have in common with Elon Musk is that relative to the last few decades the industry is demanding changes at an exponential rate between technology, project delivery methods, talent shortages and industry consolidation.  

It’s worth learning how Elon Musk views the world and creates a vision for the future; especially how he deals with failure from an analysis and adjustment perspective.   

Elon Musk Biography

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Fail 9 Times to Succeed




Being a Leader - SODOTO
“Before you are a leader, success is all about growing yourself. When you become a leader, success is all about growing others.” - Jack Welch; Retired CEO of General Electric
Expectations of Change and Improvements
Leadership at the company, team and individual level starts with setting the goal and direction. With that said; more failures occur due to failed execution rather than bad goals or strategy.
Lean Principle - Going to the Gemba and Observing
One of the most important tools for improving productivity is simply going to the jobsite and observing for an extended period of time with the intent to understand; not to immediately interact.