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

This is actually the message on the front page of the latest Harvard Business Review. Front page. Again.

A friend of mine recently learned that she had stage 1 breast cancer. Surgery now complete, chemotherapy is next.

There are so many books, workshops and keynote speakers on the subject of leadership. Most, if not all, focus on what the leader can do to be a better leader. Few talk about how to be a better follower.

We as leaders (and ostensible developers of leaders) spend a great deal of time (or should) on what we are going to communicate, how we are going to do it, when we’re going to do it, with whom we’re going to do it, etc., etc. Leaders are primarily educators. Education doesn’t happen without communication.

I was contacted recently by a salesperson who represented a company with a software application that allows managers to set up a way to provide perquisites and gifts to people who earned the prizes by achieving whatever defined accomplishment was needed. I explained to the person why such programs don’t create lasting organizational improvement.

Organizational design theories and management philosophies continue to be roiling topics that never go out of fashion for debate.

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.

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