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My undergrad degree was not planned.  I had graduated with an Associate of Arts (AA) in Liberal Arts from the College of the Sequoias in Visalia, CA.  I am glad I went to the effort to get that designation since it saved me a lot of time when I went on to other programs.  If you don't have the AA then your units are judged individually.  Not good.  With the AA they took the units as a fulfillment of my General Education - no questions asked.  Time was running out to enter a program for that year; I had entertained joining the Air Force - but I ended up withdrawing that option when I found out my educational pursuits was not what I had believed.  Education and learning has always been very important to me.

I was looking through the newspaper and saw an invitation to an information session for the University of San Francisco (USF) offering a degree program right in the town I was living.  It peaked my interest and I attended.  The program being offered was Organizational Behavior.  I have to admit that I had never heard of it before, but I have always been intrigued by behavior so I thought it would be a good fit. In the program, I could obtain my Bachelor of Science degree in a year and a half. Even better, some of the units were obtained through Experiential Learning, which meant I got to apply what I learned in school by writing essays.  I was in heaven!  I thoroughly enjoyed my experience with USF. I was the youngest in the class by almost 20 years, but that made it even more exciting to me.  A panel of teachers in San Francisco judged our essays, so I competed on the same ground as my classmates.  It turned out to be a huge boost to my confidence as I demonstrated my knowledge of business and life.  One of the assignments was to write our autobiography.  Reading it today is quite a treat!

My Master’s Degree was obtained under similar circumstances.  I was nearing 30 and wanted an advanced degree – Law School was my preference at the time but the schedule for their classes was 4 nights a week for 4 years.  That was a little much even for me.  I decided instead on a MBA program that was 2 nights a week at California Lutheran University for just under 2 years.  They held classes just down the street from where I worked. It was perfect. I chose International Business as my minor, but it turned out that the classes weren’t offered at that campus so guess what I ended up with? Yes, that’s right, Organizational Behavior.  I will admit that I was sort of bummed.  Remember, I had already proved my competency in the subject at USF.  I haven’t really ever promoted my majors because it usually meets with:  “What?” or What is that?  Then today as I was listening to a course on Udemy entitled: Darden School of Business Entrepreneurship Course (it’s free!).  I heard this clip (below), I had to record it and share.  Amazing how someone recognizing the value of Organizational Behavior can suddenly change my perception, or at least wake it up. 

I truly loved the knowledge and experience I gained in Organizational Behavior, in case you are wondering what it is, here’s a good definition:

Organizational behavior is an academic discipline concerned with describing, understanding, predicting, and controlling human behavior in an organizational environment. Organizational behavior has evolved from early classical management theories into a complex school of thought—and it continues to change in response to the dynamic environment and proliferating corporate cultures in which today's businesses operate. Understanding one individual's behavior is a challenging problem in and of itself. A group, made up of different individuals and multiple relationships among those individuals, is even more complex…. In the fact of this overwhelming complexity, organizational behavior must be managed. Ultimately the work of organizations gets done through the behavior of people, individually or collectively, on their own or in collaboration with technology. Thus, central to the management task is the management of organizational behavior. To do this, there must be the capacity to understand the patterns of behavior at individual, group, and organization levels, to predict what behavior responses will be elicited by different managerial actions, and finally to use understanding and prediction to achieve control. Read more:

Pretty cool huh?

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