It was with great pleasure I received the good news from an old friend who had just finished writing an autobiography. Keeping lit the amusement, I went for a walk that was unusual in the morning.

As I left the house, I struggled to not peek at the ominous-looking grey sky rightward, instead, I gazed at the fluffy cottony tufts of clouds that were gliding swiftly leftward. Yet the edge of the far right horizon was gloomily overcasting and slowly approaching tempestuously, revealing a colourless day ahead.

The message I received also triggered a promise I made to my friend, next to him would be the book about me.

With scattered thoughts and embarrassment, I pondered about how the narration of my story would be, unable to find words to express the euphoria. Disorientation kicked in surly but slowly, as though I was racing a heartbeat and shortness of breath, as well as weakling knees.

To deflect from such thoughts, I looked up and started to wrangle with the self whether the rain tends to be widespread, coming steadily or in long showers alternating with a whole day drizzle. The weather had ended up futile and further yanked me to the issue.

Grimaced, sneered, and frowned with arms across my chest, I made pointed queries to assuage the annoyance. Then the term that is used to describe an institution or a person who lives in the past, 'anachronism', came to my mind.

I feel like a person who seems to be displaced in time; who belongs to another era.

I contemplated the contrast my autobiography would have, the difference from my professional life, or if my ego shall prevail over the future-oriented focus on reassessing lost opportunities or resources from the past.

Imagine if companies could tell their stories; the day-to-day activities, while each and every one of the emotions run amok from the human resources. If there are established and maintained policies and procedures for an efficient, consistent and competitive hiring process.

The orientation to foster a positive and safe attitude for new employees placed in positions, based on their personal qualifications and skills for jobs could tell a story. The evaluations and rewards of workers based on the quality of the work they do and the contributions they make to the company are stories.

If, among others, every number poised to be achieved and the challenges in the business endeavour are grippingly and dynamically set as company goals and communicated to and adhered to by all.

Smirking I misquoted Shakespeare’s “All's well that ends well” with “All well that starts well,” a deliberate slip-up I made, as I was returning home.

After repeated thoughts, I reduced it into a common denominator that runs as "All that starts well ends well". A shiny face with a wide grin and momentarily forgetting all else and all but wanting to share the experience with my friend summed up the mood I had that morning.

The plan to write my autobiography is still intact, as far as possible with many of the issues I have been involved in professionally.

From a young professional who established a storage system from scratch, that was a giant stride for a company to the feeling of being vindicated for an effort, sacrifice, and hard work, from saving millions by myself and establishing a dynamic database, a feat dubbed by the management of a previous employer not only as fault finding but according to a computer as it works on its own.

It will probably be filled with anecdotes like a friend with mounting frustration piling up by the day that causes thoughts to blank; an abusive boss that led to filing a sudden resignation letter.

I cannot omit humorous moments as the story of a human resources manager a while ago, that responded when asked if the assignment had bothered him as never, the duty entails anything other than saying No, always No.

The ascendency and fruitfulness of any assembling or system hang on the culture it adopts and promotes, among others, buttoned up through its nuts and bolts – people.

PUBLISHED ON Mar 18,2023 [ VOL 23 , NO 1194]

Tadesse Tsegaye (, a polyglot with experience in multicultural-cum-institutional settings in resources management.

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