An 'Untellable' Career Story 


Harold Beck

Company Portrait of HB

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 papers.

The e-book comprises six volumes. Volume 1 describes my formative period. Volumes 2, 3 & 4, make overt the highlighted passages.  Material for Volumes 5 and 6 is being prepared for website publication.

Multidimensioned Talent Development



The autobiography provides a glimpse of hidden practices at top level in UK Industry, Education, Professional Institutions and the Establishment from mid-20th Century onwards.  It is hoped that as a witness account it will find resonance within diverse organisations, subjects and professions, for example talent managers and academics, anthropologists, historians, human rights academics and activists.





Engineers - Scientists - Managers

UN - Stewardship - Health - Politics



Research, Concepts, Analysis


Advanced Organisational Behaviour

Talent Management       Human Rights Issues





Regent Street Polytechnic School

Scout Relief in Wartime Europe


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