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Nvidia CEO Jensen Huang says he 'doesn't fire' employees, rather ‘keeps torturing them…’

Jun 12, 2024 09:00 PM IST

Jensen Huang said that he “would rather improve you than give up on you” if you were an employee in his company.

Nvidia CEO Jensen Huang said that he does not believe in firing employees as he instead chooses to focus on helping them improve and teaching them how to do their jobs efficiently. In an interview, the billionaire boss said that he “would rather improve you than give up on you” if you were an employee in his company.

Jensen Huang, co-founder and chief executive officer of Nvidia Corp, during a news conference in Taipei, Taiwan.(Bloomberg)
Jensen Huang, co-founder and chief executive officer of Nvidia Corp, during a news conference in Taipei, Taiwan.(Bloomberg)

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He said, “When you fire somebody, you're saying, a lot of people say: 'it wasn't your fault', or 'I made the wrong choice', or 'there are very few jobs'. Look, I used to clean bathrooms, and now I'm the CEO of a company. I think you can learn it. I'm pretty certain you can learn this. And there are a lot of things in life that I believe you can learn, and you just have to be given the opportunity to learn it.”

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He explained his philosophy and how he learnt the same, saying, “I had the benefit of watching a lot of smart people do a lot of things. I'm surrounded by 60 people. They're doing smart things all the time, and they probably don't realize it, but I'm learning constantly from every single one of them. And so I don't like giving up on people because I think they could improve.”

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"And so it's tongue in cheek, but people know that I rather torture them into greatness. So, I would rather torture you into greatness because I believe in you. And I think coaches that that really believe in their team, torture them into greatness. And oftentimes, they're so close, don't give up. They're so close to greatness," he said.

The Nvidia boss said, "It comes all of a sudden one day, 'I got it!'. Do you know what I'm saying? That feeling that you didn't get it yesterday? And all of a sudden, one day, something clicked; 'oh, I got it!' Could you imagine you gave up that just that moment right before you got it? So I don't want you to give up on that. So I'll just keep torturing you."

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