Positive Organizational Behavior: One Year Anniversary

March 30, 2010

Yesterday was the one year anniversary of Positive Organizational Behavior and my adventures in blogging.  What started as a determined experiment has become a passion. I now consider my decision to blog one of the best I have made in the last decade.

My first blog post at my original site was extremely ugly. I did not care, because I was determined to learn how to blog. Frankly, I was glad no one was reading my blog while I experimented with this new form of expression.

I’m still experimenting today. I did my first video blog on October 18, 2009, and it too was ugly! Not many people watch my videos, but I don’t care because I am determined to move up the learning curve and get better at this while no one is watching. Someday, they will watch.  And if nothing else, I have created an archive of leadership philosophy for my children that I hope will serve them as they mature and long after I am gone.

Soon, I am determined to begin moving up the learning curve with podcasting. I have no idea how to even start, but I know I will. My goal is to learn it well enough to teach it to others.

As of today, there are 294 blog posts and 1444 comments at this blog.  Half of those comments are mine, as I have tried hard to reply to every comment I have ever received. Honest to goodness, it still humbles me that anyone would pay attention to anything I have to say, so I am extremely grateful when someone takes the time to leave me a comment.

I also blog at The Student Branding Blog, SM@RT Reno 2010, and my own Posterous “other” blog.  I am very grateful that some of my blog posts have been featured in Smartbrief and most recently at SocialMediaToday.

If you are not blogging, you should be. Anyone can do this, and everyone should.

Thanks for visiting my site. If you have any suggestions for improvement, please drop me a line and let me know. I am very much looking forward to our next year of learning and conversation about positive organizational behavior.

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  1. Tom Simpkins says:

    Congrats Bret. Keep it coming man!

    Bret L. Simmons Reply:

    Thanks, Tom! Bret

  2. Happy Birthday, P.O.B.!!! Wishing you and the blog many prosperous years, Bret.

    Bret L. Simmons Reply:

    Thanks, Ryan! Same to you and your blog. I subscribe to your RSS feed. Bret

  3. Art Petty says:

    Bret, congratulations on your 1-year anniversary and thank you for sharing your inspiration, motivation and guidance! I’m a charter member of your fan club and I’m looking forward to many, many years of learning from you, whether it is via video, audio or old-fashioned text!

    Best wishes!


    p.s., hey, how about a 3D video blog. There’s a new frontier for you!

    Bret L. Simmons Reply:

    Ha, I look bad enough in 2d, Art! One of the best things about blogging has been discovering the work of people like you, Wally, MJ, and Dan. I’m learning a lot, which I love. Thanks! bret

  4. Miki Saxon says:

    Congratulations, Bret. It’s is always good to find new passions, they renew us.

    Here’s to the future!

    Bret L. Simmons Reply:

    Thanks, Miki! Bret

  5. Bret, above congratulations for your one-year accomplishment, is that you set the goal, and did it, for all the right reasons. I would guess that in addition to the hundreds of comments are those who read your great words, learn, but leave no comment. It’s an awesome purpose to influence others in positive ways, I hope to follow your lead in providing such valuable purpose!

    Bret L. Simmons Reply:

    Funny, but I never thought of this as a goal before. I just knew I needed to learn, and I still consider that process under construction. thanks! Bret

  6. davidburkus says:

    Congrats, Bret. You’ve been a constant inspiration to us over at LeaderLab. (By us, I’m of course referring to me and the MacBook).

    Bret L. Simmons Reply:

    Thanks, David! Meeting and collaborating with you is another example of why this has been a valuable investment for me. thanks! Bret

  7. Hi Bret, my sincere congrats on your first year anniversary on POB and in your blogging assignment. I wish you nothing but the best in your professional career. Thank you very much for inspiring and delighting us all with your thoughts. It is wonderful to have professors like you around! Javier.

    Bret L. Simmons Reply:

    I appreciate your generous words, Javier. Thanks! bret

  8. Bret,

    Congrats on this milestone. Your post inspires; I would have never guessed it’s only been a year of blogging for you. Thanks for sharing your challenges and triumphs!

    Bret L. Simmons Reply:

    It has flown by. I keep wanting to tell folks I just started blogging a few months ago but have to remind myself that’s not true! Thanks, Bret

  9. Ed Batista says:

    Many congrats, Bret. It’s been great getting to know you through your work here over the past year. I appreciate your insights and generosity of spirit, and I look forward to continuing to learn from and with you.


    Bret L. Simmons Reply:

    Very glad you found this site, Ed. Also glad to see you back to blogging more frequently yourself. Thanks! Bret

  10. Ajo Cherian says:

    Congrats on a wonderful blog Bret. You have shown me that professors can indeed learn as well! Looking forward to many more interesting and educational posts.

    Bret L. Simmons Reply:

    We NEED to learn, just like CEOs and front line workers. Thanks for contributing your thoughts along the way, Ajo. Bret

  11. Phil Kaufmann says:

    Congratulations! I only found your blog recently, but I am certainly glad I did. I’m close to starting to blog; still a few months away, but convinced I’m going to. Entries like this one from you encourage and inspire me to get the blog going. Thanks!

    Bret L. Simmons Reply:

    Welcome, Paul. Great decision to start blogging. Once you get started, make a commitment, then stick to it. One year later, you will be pleased by the effect it has on you. Thanks! Bret

  12. Jesse says:

    We talked about doing a NNSDG (http://www.softwaredevelopersgroup.com/) podcast. One of the NNSDG Board Members works at UNR’s library. He said there is a nice sound booth with lots of nice equipment. I can give you his contact info if you want it.