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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

My good friend Loop and I visited Cuba in June of 2010. We weren’t supposed to, but we wanted to see the country before what we felt was to be the inevitable opening of that nation to normalized relations with the United States. It was like time travel to 1960.

A well-planned departure, it was, until I got out of the cab at Paddington Station and realized I’d left my passport in the hotel room safe. I don’t usually put anything in the safe, but this time for some reason it seemed like the thing to do. I had even surveyed the room slowly before I turned and closed the door behind me, asking that useless question, “What have I forgotten?”

We sat at the restaurant table where Marshal Tito would hold informal court, nodding or shaking his head as various brave souls would approach him for approval. When the Soviet Union broke up and Tito died, what was Yugoslavia became again separate nations. Led first by Slovenia, each country reclaimed its autonomy.

If you repeat something enough, at a high enough volume, you have a good chance of causing a majority of people to believe it.

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.

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