A modern interpretation of the Old Testament book of Esther
One of Ceres King’s business advisors, Adrian Hammand, seemed to have King’s ear more than other directors and company officials. Most directors, and other officials within King’s company deferred to Hammand, usually with the hope of ingratiating themselves through Hammand with Ceres King. Matt Mortlake, unlike the other directors and staff did not try to curry favour either himself or vicariously through Haman.
When Matt Mortlake’s refusal to accede to Hammand’s views on business came to his ears, Haman set about plotting to get Mortlake sacked. Hammand wanted not only rid of Mortlake but also members of the trade union, of which Mortlake though not a member but was known to listen to the union officials. Haman would dress his plan as efficiency and money-saving measures to improve the company balance sheet.
Laying out his idea before Ceres King, Hammand didn’t find it hard to secure King’s approval to the prospect of boosting profits and efficiency. Keeping the details between himself and King, even excluding the other directors, Haman had letters prepared to all the regional managers. They were to find excuses, under the guise of rationalisation within the company, to make redundant all union members. Such a move would destroy Mortlake’s support within the company, effectively forcing him out.
Chapter 4 next week.