With Elon Musk, the facepalm is almost permanent – even if he is far from being the only public figure to provoke this kind of reaction. In court, he said he did not want to be the boss of any company, reports The Verge. Which is all the same quite funny from the one who is currently CEO and “technoking” of Tesla, but also boss and technical director of SpaceX.
The richest man in the world has also just taken the reins of Twitter, of which he is in the process of multiplying each defect while trying to invent others. But rest assured, it’s temporary, says CNBC.
“Eventually, I hope […] find someone to run Twitter”he thus declared, also specifying that he counted “spend less time” on the side of the firm with the blue bird.
These words, Elon Musk made them during a trial relating to the extravagant bonuses he received in 2018 and which contributed to making him the richest person on the globe: shareholder Richard J. Tornetta decided to sue both Tesla and Elon Musk, believing that his status as boss of the company had a significant influence on the nature of the amounts that were ultimately paid to him.
Who is the Boss?
By way of defence, Elon Musk explained that in reality, contrary to what the titles of the positions held in his various companies suggested, he did not really exercise a job as boss. “At SpaceX I am primarily responsible for rocket engineering; at Tesla, of the technology to which the cars owe their success»did he declare.
Ready to do anything not to pass for a boss, he added: “The role of CEO is often seen as a business position, but in reality, my function is more about developing technologies that change things, and that we have an incredible team of engineers who are able to achieve these Goals.”
Lawyers for Richard J. Tornetta also questioned Elon Musk about a report that he had asked more than 50 Tesla employees – mainly engineers working on the Autopilot system – to ask them to do so. help with his new duties at Twitter.
What the boss defends himself, saying that these proposals were made on a voluntary basis, outside working hours. As if Elon Musk was the kind of guy you could say no to.
How does Elon Musk’s typical week go? Asks Business Insider, who wanted to go beyond the declarations of the person concerned (who claims to work “one hundred and twenty hours a week”, or about seventeen hours a day). With so many functions to perform, is he really doing a good job, or is he just fussing around?
We are entitled to ask the question. Because if Elon Musk tweets in a haphazard way, if he fires employees who dare to criticize him, if he offers inhuman working conditions and if he absolutely does not listen to the warnings of people more expert than him, he is in difficult to know what the tycoon brings positive benefits to its societies.
Man is active, it is a fact, but for what purpose? “If he said he works twenty-four hours a day, it would be impossible to dispute it”writes Business Insider, adding that Musk “is the perfect example of the modern boss: a chaotic mix of micromanagement and highly paid absenteeism”.
With Elon Musk, we have the most extreme example of a boss who does not behave as a boss should – which is confirmed by the recent example of Twitter, which he does not run like a CEO, but like a user with 100 million subscribers. “Result: He focuses on problems that don’t exist in order to satisfy… no one”concludes Business Insider with as much bitterness as foresight.