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Case Study: Why Elon Musk Fired Trusted Employees Working together for 12 years left the company

Tesla is known for being a fast growing company. Which no matter what organization would like to keep talented employees. or working together for many years Let’s help shape the company to continue to grow.
But if anyone has read Elon Musk: Tesla, SpaceX, and the Quest for a Fantastic Future, a book outlining Elon Musk’s life path. There will be an episode that tells Musk had fired his assistant, who had worked with him for more than 12 years.

So how is this story? Why did Musk make that decision? This will summarize for you.

In 2014, Elon Musk’s assistant, Mary Beth Brown, decided to ask Elon Musk a salary increase because she believes that her dedication No less than other important people in the organization and she has been working very hard for the past 12 years. Musk and Brown’s relationship with Brown is said to be the one who takes care of everything and made Musk more manageable in his life more efficient.

For example, her dedication is no matter how hard Musk works or how long. Brown will stay until he finishes his work. No matter how long it takes more than 20 hours a day. She’s also the one who manages food, schedules, and allows him to spend time with her children. She was also instrumental in shaping corporate culture like SpaceX, another company Musk devoted himself to, along with Tesla. With that Brown thinks of all that she has put in her work. Makes her deserve a salary increase.

But after she proposed this to what Musk replied: “I think you are very valuable to our organization. Maybe the money you’re calling is just right. Why don’t you take a two-week vacation, and in the meantime I’ll try to assess and see if it’s as true as I thought.” which from the book Why did Musk decide to do so? because he wanted to see duty or what Brown does How important is it to him? And can he do those things himself?

After two weeks, Brown returned to talk to Musk again. But what has been returned must surprise her
Because Musk told her He doesn’t want her anymore because he had discovered that her duties were not necessary for him. And he sees that he can do everything himself which after this book was published.

In 2017, Musk decided to speak up. and told of the events that happened He made that decision because while his organization was growing rapidly. He needs more specialists than just one generalist and in fact He offers other positions with equal pay rates. to Brown, but she refused. But when she made that decision He also gave the past 1 year salary and shares of the company. to Brown as compensation..

References: https://medium.com/…/why-elon-musk-fired-his-long-term…, https://www.cnbc.com/…/elon-musk-says-he-didnt-fire-his…, Briefcase

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