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Organizational Citizenship

Here is the video of my recent talk for TEDxReno. I have to tell you honestly that they had some problems with audio that day, starting with my talk. They edited out the entire front end of my talk, so I share it with you again below so you can know how it really started:

“Ask not what your country can do for you, ask what you can do for your country.” President John Kennedy gave us this mantra of citizenship in his 1961 inaugural address. Two hundred and seventeen words before this now famous call to action, he told us why it matters with these words: “In your hands, my fellow citizens, more than in mine, will rest the final success or failure of our course.”

I’m glad I got the opportunity to do one of these. It is the most difficult talk I’ve ever given in my life. I bet I spent about 50 hours preparing – something I’ve never done before. The folks at TEDxReno did a very good job helping their speakers to prepare, something that I will try to copy when I help my team organize our next TEDxUniversityofNevada.

Organizational Behavior Course In Our New Executive MBA Program

My name is Dr. Bret Simmons, and I want to welcome you to our new Online Executive MBA program. I teach two courses in the program: Organizational Behavior and Personal Branding. The course in Organizational Behavior will be the first of two courses you take when you start our program, and the course in Personal Branding will be one of the last two courses you take to complete your degree.

In this brief video, I talk about why I love studying and teaching Organizational Behavior (OB). OB is really about understanding why people do the things they do at work. When you understand why the people you’ve been given the privilege to lead behave in certain ways, then you have a real opportunity to help change their behavior at work. I’ve found that people do fascinating things at work, so it’s always a fun challenge for me to try to understand behavior. Sometimes I can change what folks are doing, and sometimes I can’t, but I can always change the thing I have the most control over –  my own behavior.

For more information on our exciting new EMBA program taught by some of our best faculty, please click this link!

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Welcome to the online EMBA program

Raffiee KambizOur new online Executive MBA program is designed with you in mind — your time, your investment and your educational goals. With an integrated blend of theory and practice, the EMBA is perfect for mid-career executives and experienced professionals who want to advance in today’s challenging work world.

Our online format allows you to continue working while earning an Executive MBA in two years. Building on the strength of our nationally recognized part-time MBA program, the Executive MBA is taught by the same award-winning faculty who will share their real-world knowledge and expertise. Coursework will familiarize students with cutting-edge issues in business disciplines, critical for advanced managerial decision-making.

We realize you have many choices for your executive education and welcome your application. Please contact us directly if you have questions about our program.


Kambiz Raffiee, Ph.D.
Associate Dean,
College of Business
Foundation Professor of Economics and Director, MBA/EMBA Programs