Rick Brandon, Ph.D., is CEO of Brandon Partners, offering workshops on corporate politics and managerial motivation through his flagship programs, Organizational Savvy and Motivational Savvy. He has consulted and trained tens of thousands at corporations worldwide, including scores of Fortune 500 companies across a variety of industries. Rick lives with his wife and two children, in Mill Valley, California.
Marty and Rick
For high-energy, high-impact workshops and speeches on Organizational Savvy or Motivational Savvy, visit BrandonPartners.com.
Marty Seldman, Ph.D., is one of the country's most experienced executive coaches, having had worldwide in-depth coaching assignments with over 1300 executives. His thirty-five year career includes expertise in executive coaching, group dynamics, cross-cultural studies, clinical psychology, and training. Marty is the author of Super-Selling Through Self-Talk and Performance Without Pressure. Married with three children, he lives in Montclair, New Jersey.
For executive coaching and consultation to create high-integrity organizations, visit Seldman.com.
The Birth of a Book
Rick Brandon and Marty Seldman met in the early 1980's while working at a national performance-improvement consulting firm that focuses on interpersonal business communication skills. In the 1990's, they parted to pursue separate niches, but continued to admire each other's respective expertise — Rick's in high-impact, strategic behavior-change seminars and Marty's in executive coaching for top managers. As Rick cultivated a reputation for fast-paced corporate skill-building workshops and energetic keynote presentations, Marty became the "turn-around guru" for derailed or blocked careers and gathered empirical data on executive success and derailment factors.
In 2000 a client asked Rick for a development program to help middle managers become more savvy as they made a career turn into executive ranks. Rick reasoned that leaders need such insight and ethical politics skills before getting into career trouble that might require executive coaching. The two former colleagues hooked up again, adapted Marty's consulting findings about corporate political savvy, and added concrete, street-smart "Savvy Skill Sets." The result was a high-impact, "edu-taining" workshop called Organizational Savvy: Avoiding Political Blind Spots, now a cornerstone of many corporations' leadership development programs.
Many clients have hailed Seldman's and Brandon's work on organizational savvy as a vital competency for today's complex leadership and organizational challenges. Therefore, the two decided to spread the visibility of organizational savvy by applying their successful "best of both worlds" coaching and training collaboration to the writing of Survival of the Savvy: High-Integrity Political Tactics for Career and Company Success (Free Press, 2004).