In the spring of the year, the time when kings go out to battle, David sent Joab with his officers and all Israel with him; they ravaged the Ammonites, and besieged Rabbah, but David remained at Jerusalem (2 Sam 11:1).
We greet each other in friendly terms. He is the CEO of my client. I am the attorney for the corporate board. We haven’t always agreed, but we have worked together for a long time. I have been requested by the board to make this appointment to deliver some news.
“What’s on your mind?” he asks me.
“I’m here to talk about what’s in the file,” I say. “I think you should read it first.” I lean forward and push the file across his desk. He picks it up, opens it and begins to read as I watch him in silence.
He is a star at the zenith of his career — charismatic, successful, distinguished family, astute business strategist, husband and father, respected church and community leader. The business has become dominant in its market since he took over its management.
But there were reports that he was “coasting,” taking “shortcuts” with expense reports, customers, contracts, and female employees. An audit has revealed discrepancies that cannot be overlooked.
He begins to argue, “It’s not what it looks like . . . the auditor is mistaken . . . do you have any idea what I’ve sacrificed for this company?!?” Read more