What happens when Elon Musk throws you out of his room

Transforming Adversity into Competitive Edge with Prof. Laura Huang

You’re finally getting to meet Elon Musk – and he kicks you out. Network Capital mentor and Harvard Business School Professor Laura Huang had this happen to her.

Prof. Huang had been in Elon Musk’s office for less than 30 seconds when Elon said "No, get out of my office" with no explanation. While Prof. Laura and her colleague were being kicked out, she found herself laughing in surprise and dramatically changing the events that followed.

In this Network Capital podcast, Prof. Laura Huang talks about -

  1. How to make a super awkward meeting with Elon Musk into one of the most productive discussions

  2. Specific suggestions to transform negative perceptions, bias and adversity into competitive advantage 

  3. Unexplored nuances of gender and accent when it comes to promotion and career advancement

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Laura Huang is a Professor at Harvard Business School. She has spent her academic career studying interpersonal relationships and implicit bias in entrepreneurship and in the workplace. Her research has been featured in the Financial Times, The Wall Street Journal, USA Today, Forbes, and Nature, and she was named one of the 40 Best Business School Professors Under the Age of 40 by Poets & Quants.

Read a personal account of her encounter with Elon Musk in her recent book - Edge: Turning Adversity into Advantage.


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