Mommy, Look At Me, No Common Sense

Elon Musk ponders Tesla’s Future

A few years ago, one of my Silicon Valley clients told me a story about his son, who at the time, was working for Tesla. He said Tesla had one of the worst working conditions in tech because everyone was nasty, testy, back stabbing and paranoid. I didn’t pay much attention to what was being said because I thought the son was just making excuses for not succeeding on the job.

Turn the clock forward a few years and we are reading about a Tesla disgruntled employee who reportedly sabotaged the company a few days ago. CEO Elon Musk sent an email to employees Sunday night saying that someone had broken into the company computer system and this could interrupt the production of the new Tesla Model 3 electric car.

You can read more about the Tesla mystery story here. I just wanted to add my two cents about the drama that takes place in some of the most successful tech companies. In the infamous words of Joan Rivers, “Grow Up!”

I often wonder how some of the most successful tech companies ever got to where they are today with the nonsense that takes place everyday. If someone isn’t stealing company secrets, then someone else making sexually harassing remarks, or stealing large sums of money out of petty cash.

I hear horror stories several times a week about how some of these tech geniuses behave in public. It’s like they have zero social skills. I deal with a lot of young people who made it big fast. I think they need to have their mommies with them all the time to tell them right from wrong. Why would anyone want to hurt Elon Musk? Maybe it has something to do with all the people he has been firing lately just to turn a profit.

There has to be a better way.

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