For some startups going from 50 employees to a 200+ HC may be the requiem of an announced death. The company I was working with was no exception to this curse and once we landed the 7M USD magic number things started to turn into a twisted manner in which our Csuite decided to invite over the wolves to the barn.
Long story short - upper management brought a consultant wanna-be, that got the CRO role and took over the company reducing the HC by 55% in 6 weeks merging all depts in one - under the premise of Revenue per Head. Which automatically made him a one-man army with 6-7 roles, including head of HR, Recruitment, Operations, Lead Gen, Planning, PR, and CRO... earned the badge of Dicktator.
If you were the CEO of this company, what would you do?