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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 sewitch1@cox.net

Notes From The Corporate Underground

For the past three days, I have been attending a conference in Miami put on by a global organization dedicated to the principles of freedom in the context of work within organizations.

Ricky asked me yesterday, “How do you discover your own blind spots? I mean, you’re blind to them, right?”

Cheri and I have been looking forward to this trip to Zion National Park for a few years. Finally put the ingredients together to make it happen.

The recent civil unrest in Baltimore has been compared to the 1968 riots that ensued after the assassination of Dr. Martin Luther King on April 4 of that year.

We were discussing adult-to-adult behavior in our leadership workshop today. Our company’s “tribe” members can elect to participate in our Leadership Laboratory series of courses. One topic we cover is understanding the three major mind states of subconscious, conscious and unconscious, which can be more simply explained in lay terms as child, adult and parent, respectively.

Our company’s global human resources team assembles once a year to learn from each other, come to consensus on important programs and strategies, and debate how we can best support our internal clients.

For those of you who are in your 40s, this column is for you. I want to share what you’re going to experience in about 20 years hence. If you plan ahead, it won’t be unpleasant at all; it will be really fun.

"You’re kidding, right?” I asked. “Ramona has such an event?”

The leader is supposed to look farther ahead than anyone else, to anticipate as much as possible. This truth is the same on a mountain climb as it is in the boardroom. It's the same on the bridge of an aircraft carrier as it is in an outrigger canoe.

Scratch the surface of any given soul and you will find that everybody’s life path has been a textured, challenging, colorful, joyous, tragic epic. Or will be.

On the way to the airport after a week’s work in Spain, rocky cliffs rose to my right, filled with countless glass-fronted crypts, bright in the early sunrise. They spoke of the transience of life and the many generations of Spaniards who were born, lived their lives and finally died, survived by some number of friends and family who were not yet finished with their own journeys on the planet.

So Iran is helping Iraq fight the Islamic State — another data point supporting the fluidity of international antagonisms and alliances. This year’s enemy is next year’s friend, and vice versa.

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