Once people have reached a certain level of seniority they become far too important to lose. Yes of course this puts them in an overwhelming position of power that even the most strong willed of us would find difficult to resist. Obviously they begin to act out and push the boundaries by indulging in hookers and crack (if we’re lucky. The real worry is that they turn to investment banking and attempt to flush the entire country down the toilet).
The most important thing is to weigh the relative benefits. Is whatever it is they bring to the table of more value than the ill repute they insist on contributing as well? Perhaps they thought they were safe in their secrecy or merely above the law altogether? The key factor for them is that they know they’re thoroughly irreplaceable.
After all, if you were to fire them think what further havoc they can wreak. They’re the only one who knows where all the bodies are buried and precisely how to make the machine go ping. Without their calming influence the whole organisation would crumble, withering away into dust ready to be scattered to the four corners of the earth by the gentlest of breezes.
On the other hand, there are people out there baying for blood. They’ve decided that behaviour has gone far beyond the pale and that a glorious example of retribution must be made. What on earth can you do to stem the tide of outrage without ruining everything?
There has got to be some sort of sop to dignity you can make without throwing the baby out with the bathwater. Surely? It’s time to crack out that sacrificial scapegoat you’ve been hoarding. The audience must have blood. Or let an old man face up to his appalling conduct and move on with your lives.