When Elon Musk entered ‘lion land’ 7 years ago, his response was remarkable – .

When Elon Musk entered ‘lion land’ 7 years ago, his response was remarkable – .

Elon Musk isn’t afraid to ruffle a few feathers. An example? Choosing Germany as the location for the European Gigafactory was, indeed, a bold move – a prime example of its bold style. And why not? If we are to see electric cars everywhere, it is imperative that the major German automakers (Volkswagen, BMW, Mercedes) receive a brutal recall. just in their backyard that EVs are the future.

There are countless examples of Elon’s brash style. It just launched the all-new Tesla Model S Plaid. Elon pointed out “this car crushes” – a not-so-subtle reference to those million dollar gasoline supercars that might dare to challenge it.

“We have to show that an electric car is the best car, hands down,” Musk said. “It must be clear that sustainable energy cars can be the fastest cars, the safest cars, [and also] can be the most exciting cars in every way.

Over the years, however, there is one particular moment of Elon Musk that really stands out in my memory. He also seems to have struck a chord with Jeff Haden at Inc. Magazine. According to Haden, “In 2014, Musk was interviewed on stage at the Oslo Oil and Gas Summit, an industry conference for – yes – oil and gas leaders. Talk about entering the lion’s den!

To put it simply, the fossil fuel leaders present were “far from ready to welcome a person actively seeking to make their industry obsolete”.

Interviewer’s first question: “What kind of threat do you think you pose to the oil and gas industry?” “

Elon’s response: “I don’t think we’re really a threat. Then he pauses, smiles and adds, “for now.”

What happens from that point on is what Haden calls “the perfect way to respond to criticism” and “a lesson in emotional intelligence.”

“Musk knows the public is smart. Yet he also understands that they are emotionally invested in the subject. He therefore does not insult their intelligence. He does not attack their profession, ”explains Haden.

Instead, “he subtly invites them to be included in the solution.” How? ‘Or’ What? ” Middle ground. Basic principles. Inclusion. A little self-mockery for good measure. This is how you respond to people who disagree with you.

“Even the strongest differences of opinion [tend to] have more in common than you might think. Finding these commonalities, in a calm and emotionally intelligent way, is where change – on both sides – begins to happen, ”Haden writes.

Watch the video below to see how Elon Musk “in the hottest seats” was able to skillfully make his point and hopefully bring some fossil fuel leaders a little closer to seeing a future. clean energy that they (too) can help move forward.

Video: Clip provided by Not so boring man Going through ONS – Energy meeting place

Originally posted on EVANNEX.

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