Henry had an issue. As CEO of a household run conglomerate which was one of the most powerful on the planet, he wasn’t answerable to external shareholders and with the tools, at his disposal (that included a successful personal paramilitary force) he had the power to achieve virtually anything he desired by one means or another. He had an exceptionally autocratic management style, but like many CEO’s of comparable fashion, had a fiercely loyal cadre of followers. Certainly not a man to be crossed.
However, there was one thing that he desperately craved that he could not have. Educated 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 needed a similar vein of tenacity.
Henry and Tom would often meet and debate at length their distinct perspectives – and while they shared a bond of friendship and respect for one another, their perspectives fiercely clashed. During direct and indirect management, Henry’s business interests spanned healthcare, land, food manufacturing, 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 whatever the consequences. Josh rathour, On the other hand, Tom constantly argued from the perspective that there were absolute standards of right and wrong, which Henry has to be accountable for his actions.
Over the years, despite his faith, this rift began to widen as Henry, increasingly emboldened by his ability to use fair means and foul to achieve his aims, began to perform more and more which Tom believed was across the line, and Tom began to build a reputation for being a person willing to speak out against Henry’s strategies. This infuriated Henry, who privately had the stress that Tom needed a point, and desperately wanted to gain his acceptance. Matters became very tense.
Matters came to a head when a long and convoluted series of business deals Henry had been working on for years finally fell into place. Over the years he’d used his influence and money – and also the occasional assassination, military coup or civil war – to present his surgeries favorable positions in many of countries and employing this particular, his business interests and those he commanded covertly along with a series of complex financial transactions he now had successful supply and pricing management across sufficient key sectors of the economy that he was effectively an undeclared dictator.
Tom had heard of these plans through anxious contacts in Henry’s business as well as realizing his buddy as he did, was appalled at the likely consequences as Henry now had the power to cause mayhem and great suffering to many societies. He began a vocal effort to rouse the public to be aware of Henry’s aims and their wicked intent.
The news broke as Henry was fulfilling his inner circle of the most trusted senior executives in his escape in the English countryside. Throwing the papers across the boardroom table in anger he shouted to his team”Just how long do I have to put up with this hindrance! How do I shut him up once and for all?”
One of the team quietly slipped out of the space. Taking a tiny encrypted cell phone out of his pocket he struck a speed dial number and it was answered immediately.
At 8 pm that night since Thomas was leading his weekly church support for the homeless in a former theatre in the city’s notorious red-light district, two masked gunmen entered from a side door, every emptied a complete magazine of 9mm rounds from their machine pistols into the startled Thomas and vanished while the congregation stood aghast at Thomas’s dead body draped across the lecture, blood slowly dripping from his hand.
“Who will rid me of this turbulent priest” (meddlesome and troublesome are also words which were utilized ) was his shout of frustration, picked up by his own knights, and Thomas was silenced for good.
Human nature is such that there will always be people whose ambition and self-focus needs to have boundaries, or they will quickly cross the line to the detriment of others. Whether described as corporate greed, personal ambition or another label there is continuous pressure to play loose and fast and there is the counterbalancing response by those who resist this – typically not due to their benefit. Maybe you have believed, for example, why bank regulators exist? The