Mr TC did essentially the same thing as Musk, though not as extreme. He accepted the position of Pres/CEO at a company in Austin and cleaned house. No more foosball & pinball machines in the lounge. No more fridge stocked with beer (paid for by the company). Please wear shoes and observe company hours. Reorganized, tightened expenses, doled out severance packages. The ones that stayed worked harder than ever and were rewarded with stock options. He turned that small venture capital firm from a pitiful 10.3M to an annual run rate of 41.3B in 15 quarters, a computed annual growth rate of 395%. And eventually negotiated the sale of the company to Bank of America (and subsequently retired). BTW, I worked there as well, and we were quite often the first to arrive and last to leave. Musk may be rash, but he knows what he's doing.