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Tesla’s Secret Sauce: Startup Leadership Style

Human organizations tend to have two stages. First, they are fueled by inspiration. There is a small group of individuals who draw their organizational vision from instinct and personal experience. In modern business literature, this stage is better known as startup phase. Later, organizations inspect successful endeavors and extract the learning from those experiences. They write that knowledge into a code and create rituals and traditions to perpetuate the successful actions that lead to success in the first place. Thus, creating a bureaucracy.


The problem with bureaucracy lies in the fact that it is a rigid way of dealing with a changing reality. Bureaucracies expect reality to conform with rules, but usually it works better the other way...