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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

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.

I walked into Rachelle’s office for a couple of topics, after having been gone for two days at a conference with my favorite Aussie and boss, Garry Ridge. Rachelle happens to be from Perth, Western Australia. I’m beginning to suspect that the Land Down Under is engineering a jovial takeover of the company.

A friend of mine sent me a Web article on the subject of identifying which U.S. states most exhibit a “socialist” approach to governance. The metric used was the ratio of state gross domestic product (GDP) that government spending represented. It then listed the top 10 “socialist” states and the bottom 10 by this percentage metric, and described the state government as controlled by either Democrats or Republicans, drawing a narrative conclusion correlating “socialism” with Democrats.

Everyone I know — myself included — has been more affected by the apparent suicide of comedian and actor Robin Williams than almost any other tragedy in the headlines in recent years.

I used to drive a 2002 Jeep Wrangler with a straight six and a manual transmission. It got lousy mileage, maybe 15 miles per gallon on the highway. No electric door locks or windows. You had to move your own side mirrors by hand. “Say honey, could you push that mirror out a bit? Nope, too much, bring it back a touch. Too far. OK, now up a fraction. Perfect!”

Many years ago, as I was beginning to learn about the theories of why people do what they do, a thought occurred to me: People do exactly what they want to do.

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