Stan Sewitch

Stan Sewitch has over 35 years in business as an entrepreneur, consultant and executive. His adventures include founding HRG Inc., Emlyn Systems, Chromagen and KI Investment Holdings. Stan serves as a director on several boards as well. Stan holds an M.S. in Organizational Psychology from California State University at Long Beach, and a B.A. in Physiological Psychology from San Diego State University. He serves as the Vice President of Global Organization Development for WD-40 Company. Stan can be reached at

Notes From The Corporate Underground

If you have been on the planet more than two decades, you have seen tremendous changes in how we live, the boundaries between nations, the climate, our chances of earning a living, the kinds of jobs that exist, the dynamics of politics, our understanding of fundamental physics, our ability to manipulate the process of life, and the list goes on and on.

Many species exhibit inclusionary as well as exclusionary behaviors.

I get up from the desk, walk over to the trash can and open my hand to let an empty Starbucks cup fall.

All right, quit laughing. This is serious research I’m reporting on here!

This week’s column will reveal a fundamental secret of leadership that has the potential to dramatically improve your business’ ability to succeed, grow and adapt. This one idea can significantly reduce your time and money spent on programs to develop leaders in your organization. It will greatly increase your capacity to contribute meaningfully yourself, in fewer work hours.

Yes, you can dedicate yourself to satisfying the whims and wishes of a most demanding, unappreciative, mercurial boss and find true happiness. I bet I got your attention.

Psychology accelerates its advances in understanding human behavior through new methods of nondestructively measuring mental processes. With each new finding, the inescapable conclusion is that the mind, body and environment are an interactive system that cannot be understood in parts.

You’re looking for a new home with your spouse. You’ve both finally decided to jump into the market and commit to the debt, because your post-tax cash flow will actually be improved because of tax deductions for mortgage interest and real estate taxes. You don’t want to be kicked out of your residence by a landlord. And the interest rates are still pretty low, but expected to rise in the year ahead.

Advice that is often given to people as they advance in their careers is that they should not state their compensation expectations or objectives during the interviewing process. On the other side of the table, employers get into the practice of attempting to hire people at the lower end of their range of affordability to get a “bargain” in talent acquisition.

We fill our days with our plans and activities. We follow our disciplined schedule. We anticipate needs. We embark upon our day as if our assumptions were correct, because if we didn’t, then we wouldn’t do anything at all.

Frank and I were walking to Kensington Café on a recent Sunday morning, talking about the housing market and our own views of what it means to “own” a home. That meaning has changed for me over the decades, and it was no different for Frank.

How often do we ask this question when we open our mouth to say something? What is our intention? Most of the time, we just start talking.

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