So Who Are You, Harold Beck?
The highlighted passages in So Who Are You, Harold Beck
hide a vastly greater behind-the-scenes story which would have taken me
15 hours, days or much longer to impart. In fact it has taken me 50
years to write a more comprehensive answer.
I have made many attempts over that period to find a way of
telling a career story which was designed to be untellable but have had
only limited success.
At one stage in my career I found that superimposed on my hi-tech work and
professional activities were puzzling veiled communications and attempts
to teach me behavioural practices which were far from my liking.
Moreover, changes in my values were being required of me and all
of this was without my consent. I deduced that I was involved in a top-level
talent development scheme but I did not see why it should be applied to
me. I did not consider myself to be particularly talented; I had taken
quite easily to hi-tech science and engineering and had specialised in
electronics but I did not regard this as a great achievement. I had no
thought of making a fortune by exploiting my knowledge and
skills. I wanted an
interesting career alongside a happy family and community life rooted in
my Christian faith.
It is only when I recognised at last why others
considered me of great value in enhancing their corporate prestige and
prosperity that I could make sense of my extraordinary experiences.
The key to that recognition was that my non-technical attributes
were regarded as a great complement to my hi-tech background.
This insight led me to carry out a great deal of research, particularly into behavioural
technology and veiled communication, the pre-digital form of encryption.
With this enhanced understanding of the mindsets and practices of the
talent developers I was in a much better position to impart to others an understanding of
what had taken place.
It is in the last five years that I have
compiled this overt career autobiography and made it ready for
publication online. It concentrates on multidimensioned talent development processes;
technical, managerial and personal content has been curtailed.
Because disinformation may have found its way into
Establishment and other archives, a
number of images have been embedded in the text by way of verification
as well as to provide context.
Sources include diaries, notes, letters, publications, programmes,
committee papers, photos, cuttings, literature research and earlier
The e-book comprises six volumes. Volume 1
describes my formative period. Volumes 2, 3 & 4, make overt the
Material for Volumes 5 and 6 is being prepared for website publication.
Multidimensioned Talent Development