When it comes to talent, Tesla doesn’t want passengers — they want drivers fueled by Tesla’s purpose. They are able to attract the right talent by signaling to high achievers that Tesla takes purpose seriously. Tesla has the numbers to prove that being selective with their talent pays off: Tesla Motors is currently valued at $33.5 billion, up from $1.7 billion on IPO six years ago.
Empowered interconnected teams can only function when organizational layers are eliminated. Not all hierarchies are bad, but the fewer layers between teams, the more efficient they can be. If your organization is still working within a mostly functional paradigm, it might be time to rethink your organizational design.