Henry had a problem. As CEO of a family-run conglomerate which was one of the most effective on the planet, he was not answerable to outside shareholders and with the resources at his disposal (that comprised a successful personal paramilitary force) he had the power to achieve virtually anything he wanted by one way or another. He had an exceptionally autocratic management style, but like many CEOs of comparable fashion, he had a loyal cadre of followers. Certainly not a man to be crossed.
However, there was one thing that he desperately craved he could not have. Founded in one of the UK’s greatest Public Schools his closest friend and confidante from those days, Thomas had been the son of an Archbishop well known for his outspoken views on these problems as poverty and social justice and Tom had a similar vein of tenacity. Despising one another on sight, despite coming from very different worlds that the two boys struck up a friendship and mutual respect that had endured over the years, as Henry finally took over the conglomerate and Tom followed his dad’s calling through dedicating his life to working with the underprivileged and eventually rising to become one of the most respected leaders in Western Europe, famous for his clear and uncompromising views on justice.
Henry and Tom would frequently meet and debate at length their distinct perspectives – and while they shared a bond of friendship and respect for one another, their views fiercely clashed. Josh rathour During direct and indirect management, Henry’s business interests spanned healthcare, land, food production, armaments, fiscal services, liquor, gambling, and other industries, also he had an easy and Darwinian perspective that it was his right to do anything he pleased to maximize profits regardless of the consequences. On the other hand, Tom always maintained from the standpoint that there were absolute standards of right and wrong and that Henry must be answerable for his actions.
Over the years, despite their faith, this rift began to expand as Henry, increasingly emboldened with his capacity to use fair means and foul to realize his aims, began to perform more and more that Tom believed was across the line, and Tom began to build a reputation for being an individual willing to speak out from Henry’s approaches. This infuriated Henry, who privately had the stress that Tom needed a point, and desperately wanted to gain his approval. Things became very stressed.
Things came to a head when a lengthy and convoluted set of business deals Henry was working on for years finally fell into place. Over the years he’d used his influence and money – along with the occasional assassination, military coup or civil war – to give his surgeries positive positions in many of countries and using this particular, his business interests and those he controlled covertly along with a string of complicated financial transactions he now had successful supply and pricing management across enough important sectors of the market that he was effectively an undeclared dictator.
Tom had learned of those plans through concerned contacts in Henry’s organization and, knowing his friend as he did, was appalled at the probable effects as Henry now had the power to cause mayhem and great suffering to many in society. He began a vocal effort to rouse politicians and the people to be aware of Henry’s plans and their evil intent.
The news broke as Henry was fulfilling his inner circle of the most trusted senior executives at his retreat in the English countryside. Throwing the newspapers across the boardroom table in a rage he cried to his team”How long do I must put up with this interference! How do I shut him up once and for all?”
One of the group quietly slipped out of the space. Taking a small encrypted mobile phone from his pocket he punched a speed dial number and it was answered immediately.
At 8 pm that night since Thomas was leading his weekly church support for the displaced in a former theatre in the city’s infamous red-light district, two masked gunmen entered by a side door, each emptied a complete magazine of 9mm rounds from their machine pistols to the startled Thomas, and vanished while the congregation stood aghast at Thomas’s lifeless body draped across the lecture, blood slowly dripping from his hand.
“Who will rid me of this turbulent priest” (meddlesome and annoying are also words which have been used) was his shout of frustration, picked up with his own knights, and Thomas was silenced for good.
Human nature is such that there will always be those whose ambition and self-focus must have borders, or they will quickly cross the line to the detriment of others. Whether described as corporate greed, private ambition or any other tag there’s continuous pressure to play loose and fast and there is the counterbalancing reaction by those who resist this – typically not due to their own benefit. Maybe you have thought, as an instance, why bank regulators exist? The solution is simple – because banks exist. I am not carrying a pot shot at banks – each business has elements of the same.