Get Your self Some “No Males”


What occurs to individuals who turn out to be so highly effective, rich, and influential that nobody is keen to inform them they’re improper? It’s a historic downside that has existed for so long as people have achieved nice success.

Pardon the sexism within the phrase “Sure Males,” however it’s a longstanding reference that describes a particular class of sycophants, acolytes, and hangers-on that handle to connect themselves to a robust patron. No less than the remora take away parasites from a shark’s pores and skin; the suck-ups who connect themselves to a rich human meal ticket serve no such objective; as a substitute, they have a tendency to have a unfavorable affect.

What’s the downside with “Sure Males?” They inform their masters what they wish to hear, fail to problem their worst concepts, and customarily encourage their patron’s personal unhealthy instincts. As we have now seen in 2022, “Sure Males” are disastrous for titans of trade, billionaires, even monarchs.1

A few of 2022’s most disastrous conditions occurred as a result of these folks didn’t have anybody round to problem or push them to give you higher options. They wanted to have some “No Males.

This brings us to Elon Musk:

Up till not too long ago, Musk has had a magical profession: Paypal, SpaceX, Tesla, and now Twitter. The constant theme amongst these corporations is that he was a far-seeing visionary2 who stepped in to sprinkle some fairy mud on these enterprises. This led him to turn out to be the wealthiest individual on earth.3

Extra not too long ago, Musk made a collection of doubtful selections resulting in costly, unforced errors. From his quite a few SEC violations (“Funding secured”) to smoking weed on the Joe Rogan present to the misguided and wildly overpriced “due-diligence free” buy of Twitter, one should query the standard of counsel he receives when making main selections. Or extra doubtless, if he receives (or accepts) any counsel in any respect, aside from from acolytes cheering him on.

It is a disgrace, but it surely has led to some entertaining outcomes that shall be studied in enterprise colleges for many years to return. Musk has burned by means of numerous his skilled cred and status, to say nothing of an enormous pile of money. Shareholders in Tesla are apoplectic over the injury he’s doing to the $TSLA model through his trolling on Twitter.

Did he not know earlier than Sunday evening that potential Tesla patrons are likely to lean Left? His possession of Twitter appeared designed to alienate this group: He reinstated Trump, allowed White Supremacists and Nazis again on the platform, then suspended precise journalists.

Word that Musk deserves credit score for driving the EV revolution. He has compelled your entire car trade to aggressively transfer into not merely hybrids however full EVs. We’re all higher off for him having carried out this.

However the world has modified since he slapped some laptop computer batteries right into a Lotus virtually 15 years in the past: Throughout the 2010s, Tesla was a decade forward of each different automaker by way of software program and {hardware}, together with battery expertise, over-the-air updates, person interface, self-driving, and extra. There was virtually no competitors throughout that interval; as we speak, we see a large push into the EV area from main legacy automakers creating compelling revolutionary electrical autos. Ford, Hyundai/Kia, GM, VW/Audi/Porsche, Mercedes, BMW, and so on. To say nothing about aggressive startups like Lucid and Rivian.

Tesla’s inventory has fallen 56% since his dalliance with Twitter started in January of 2022 – excess of different big-cap tech shares have. Positive, it was wildly overvalued, beforehand, however I doubt the timing of the autumn is a mere coincidence.

Proudly owning the Lib’s seems to be a horrible technique if your organization is a darling of those self same Libs who’re deeply involved about international warming. If Musk was purposefully attempting to wreck Tesla’s status, I doubt he might have give you a greater plan wanting changing the EV firm to at least one based mostly on Inner Combustion Engines.


2022 witnessed quite a few different individuals who refused to take good recommendation or just by no means get to listen to any. It’s apparent Vladimir Putin was surrounded by “Sure males” who failed to offer him an correct evaluation of his army — both earlier than his disastrous invasion of Ukraine started or the way it was going because the conflict began. One will get the sense that Donald Trump retains his personal counsel, and ignores good recommendation from others. Maybe his razor-thin 2016 victory made him imagine he didn’t have to take heed to any consultants, resulting in extra “Outcomes over course of” decision-making. The outcomes have been disastrous for the GOP in addition to Trump’s personal authorized circumstances.

Making selections by polling your 122 million followers on a Sunday evening isn’t any strategy to make an clever choice about company management. Until it gave you an excuse to do what you had been going to do anyway.

Too unhealthy Musk didn’t have any “No-Males” round; I believe they might have had him do precise diligence earlier than buying a $44B toy; they might have recommended him to not foolishly purchase (overpay) $44B for Twitter. Then, having made every of these two prior errors, they might have advised him to stroll away for a mere $1B.

The listing goes on and on.

How do you make your vital selections? How do you are taking counsel kind? If you end up confronted with difficult enterprise selections, do you make these essential selections based mostly on some form of course of? Do you search quite a lot of diverse concepts and inputs? Or do you merely go along with your intestine, and let the chips fall the place they could?

What makes the Musk/Twitter/Tesla debacle so fascinating is that it’s much less about vehicles or social media or enterprise. Reasonably, it’s concerning the nature of decision-making, and the way we as folks function when we have now to make vital decisions.



See additionally:
An EV Shopping for Information for Folks Fed Up With Tesla’s Elon Musk (December 19, 2022)

It’s the CEO surrounded by yes-men as his firm crumbles. (KCP Group, March 25, 2022)

The Sure-Males have taken over the Trump administration (Brookings, November 5, 2019)


What’s Ailing Tesla’s Inventory? (October 17, 2022)

Ford to Tesla: “We obtained it from right here” (June 17, 2022)

Ford vs Ferrari Tesla (January 6, 2022)

Tesla/GM/Ford (November 14, 2021)

Tesla/Volkswagen (January 24, 2021)

Tesla’s New Supercar Trounces Ferrari (November 17, 2017)




1. Assuming The Crown is to be believed… I’m conscious it takes liberties with accuracy however within the broad outlines, it’s intriguing. An enchanting facet is Queen Elizabeth’s consciousness of the Machiavellian court docket is her consciousness of being insulated from the general public – the employees even pull the newspapers which might be crucial of her from her sight. However she goes out of the best way to hunt counsel from individuals who give her the straight dope, she cultivates “No Males & Girls” whatever the discomfort it’d trigger.

2. Musk is the founding father of SpaceX, circa 2002, however he was not a founding father of the opposite three.

3. Bernard Arnault, co-founder, chair, and CEO of LVMH, not too long ago handed Musk for that title.


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