Writing “Competing on Talent”

WHO KNOWS what form the forward momentum of life will take in the time ahead or what use it will make of our anguished searching. The most that any of us can seem to do is to fashion something – an object or ourselves – and drop it into the confusion, make an offering of it, so to speak, to the life force. ERNEST BECKER, The Denial of Death

About two years ago, I set out to write the story of that elusive quest to uncover how to hire and how to hire well and imagine a better future for organizations in their hiring ways. Today, the first copies of the book arrived – neatly boxed and orderly. I laughed to myself because the process to get to this perfectly packed box was far from orderly. Assembling, dissembling and reassembling the manuscript, it was a lot like carpentry, hammering and sawing and sanding. In fact, that was half the fun, and it’s why I wanted to write about it in the midst of experiencing it.

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The not so shy Lady Di: An aristocratic beauty trapped in a loveless marriage whose scandalous affair gripped the nation

Of all the society beauties of her day, few, if any, were more beautiful than Lady Diana Spencer. Born into one of the grandest families in the land and raised in one of its finest houses, Lady Di, as she was popularly known, mingled with royalty and looked destined to enjoy a trouble-free and gilded life of privilege, security and enormous wealth.

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