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 firstname.lastname@example.org
Almost nine years ago, 10 other people and I formed an investment company founded on principles that had nothing to do with achieving a pre-planned rate of return. Our strategy was to find small private companies that needed capital and expertise, had a sound business model with opportunity for profitable growth, were led by open-minded ego-less entrepreneurs, and had the possibility of creating middle-class career opportunities if they were successful.
Our Saturday morning Kenpo Karate group was pondering the dilemmas of the universe at our standard post-training coffee talk, when Xu said, “The new show at the La Jolla Playhouse is fantastic. And it directly relates to the solution we dreamed up last week about how to fix the political gridlock in Washington, D.C.”
The study of genetics, coupled with the science of human behavior (psychology), resulted in a debate as to the role of environment in creating the human mind, compared to the role of our inherited traits.
There is a taboo subject in the world of evaluating performance, assessing candidates for employment and making decisions about whether employees are qualified for promotion. No one talks about it and when you do bring it up, the reactions you get seem to indicate that speaking about it is morally wrong.
Rachelle, our global talent acquisition leader, sat down at the conference table. We were meeting to discuss the drafting of career progressions for two of the functional groups that will experience significant growth over the next five to seven years. We are trying to get ahead of the form that will allow those functions to perform even as we double capacity demands on them.
A fascinating book, “The 48 Laws of Power” by Robert Greene, outlines the principles of acquiring influence and power over the actions of large groups of people. The lessons are drawn from ancient times to the present, but with an emphasis on the eras of royal governance: kings, queens, emperors and the drama of court life.
About 3,000 paid $1,000 apiece to attend a three-day conference on how to employ LinkedIn’s recruiting applications, based upon their access to 248 million LinkedIn users who put their professional and personal information on the website.
I’ve got to believe that most of the world’s developed economies, and several emerging ones that are increasingly influential in world trade, have placed multiple phone calls to the White House, if not both houses of Congress. Let’s tune in on one such call to an unnamed partisan zealot, elected to represent a certain minority contingency that purports to be pro-business and fiscally prudent.
This is now called the Lance Armstrong defense. “But everyone does it” is what every child asserts when attempting to convince unmoving parents that the rules don't apply. Have you ever heard of a parent who listened to this lament and replied, "Wow, Johnnie. I didn't consider that. Well, go ahead then, and I'm sorry to have delayed you."
Many years ago I worked in the intensive care unit of a psychiatric ward at Mercy Hospital. Armed lightly with my newly minted bachelor’s degree in psychology, my task was to be a custodian of psychotics, suicidal depressives and bipolar sufferers. Once in a while we’d get a patient experiencing drug-induced hallucinations.
Xan was 6 years old when the last evacuation helicopters took a fraction of the hopeful escapees out of Saigon in April of 1975. A father of two girls, like me, he is earning his family’s livelihood as an entrepreneur.
Back in May, I wrote about a business trip I was going to take to Ho Chi Minh City, and the irony of going there for humanistic capitalist purposes, 40 years after narrowly avoiding (legally) going there as an inductee into the Vietnam War.