Client Testimonials

Workshop Testimonials

To fill a specific need, Brandon Partners recently created a 2-day customized course, ‘Organizational Savvy and Executive Presence’ for use in our division. The course material, content, and delivery were exceptional. The participants from the first session have spread the word that this is one of the best courses they have ever taken

Director of Training
Fortune 5 Bank

Learners were most impressed with the tactics, tips and strategies provided in handling political situations. Group discussions and case studies allowed for improved political self-awareness, and provided a practical application of tactics and tips. The Org Savvy workshop was a useful and engaging learning experience that instilled confidence in the learners. The effects of the course are predicted to have significant impact on the workplace dynamics within TDBFG.

Department Training Report
Toronto Dominion Bank

It was really good, probably one of the best yet. One of the reasons was that it is very applicable to the real day, every day life within [company name]… I couldn’t even offer a suggestion to make it better, as every exercise and case study we did in addition to the daily course material and lectures was applicable and taught us something….I heard it was you who contacted BRANDON PARTNERS to put this course together. What an accurate sense of what training is needed…There were many changes that I am going to take back and implement immediately…an enlightening program. Critical skills for survival in large organizations… I used nearly all the tips. It was a great success and I am very grateful to you. In addition, your training about lobbying has worked well—something I’d never used before but now always try to remember…Irrefutably, I feel awakened and will strive to become more aware, understanding, tolerant, flexible, and responsive toward the political environment and people with ‘person power’…I shall overcome! My goal in life is to continuously improve and reinvent myself as a lifelong learner, this course has had a profound impact on me and my future!!!”… the best management course I have taken in the past ten years…informative, inspiring, enthusiastic, captivating, knowledgeable, and impressive…brilliant. I have learned a great deal about corporate social graces, which I will benefit from for the rest of my career. I would recommend this course to anyone… one of the few classes we have attended that I feel everyone was not only impressed with, but also affected and influenced by. I feel more confident and aware in the workplace now.

Various Participants
Citibank

Fit good deal of material in one day. Opened my eyes to some key self-analysis to assist me in obtaining my career goals… Absolutely outstanding-thank you. At a crossroads in my career and I truly believe you and this class has provided me with valuable concepts/tools that will help me.

Various Participants
Fireman's Fund

… thank you for such a majestic and educational training session last week Irrefutably, I feel awakened and will strive to become more aware, understanding, tolerant, flexible, and responsive toward the political environment… This course has had a profound impact on me and my future.

Participant
Fortune 10 Bank

This is one of the best corporate training courses that I have attended ever, considering I worked for several major companies which invested substantial resources and place high priorities on in-house training. … Thanks for the wonderful work.

Participant
Apple Computer

Very insightful, practical and useful. Real food for thought…excellent, engaging, knowledgeable trainer…really interesting eye-opener that will definitely help me in my work life!…Provided insight on what to look for in a political game…one of the best courses at Autodesk…Instructor was amazing, he was engaging the whole time…the instructor was phenomenally dynamic. Got us out of our seat participating…Smart, engaging, fun, knowledgeable, confident. Fantastic facilitator!

Various Participants
Autodesk

It was one of the best classes I’ve ever attended, but I’m sure you hear that all the time… kept me engaged the ENTIRE two days. No falling asleep here! Excellent course and materials can all be used within this company. I would definitely send my managers to this course…Fabulous experience. Want to share with others and hope to make an awesome impact in my career!…Excellent material enhanced by excellent training presentation. Loved the energy and the intuition…Great info for subject I had neglected before. The instructor was FANTASTIC!…Totally awesome course. I will definitely use the tools and skills.

Various Participants
Fortune 10 Bank

This course is the single most beneficial course I have taken in my Caremark career. (Instructor) was inspiring and created an extremely safe learning environment…Best course I’ve ever taken!…This was a breakthrough course for me as an individual as well as professional. It helped tap into my inner conflicts and arm myself with the tools to battle them…wish I took this class 20 years ago…a different perception to self-promote and enhance power image…The most important and valuable class I have ever taken…Changed my opinion of politics, acceptance, reality…A wealth of understanding, interest and value to the presentation of organizational savvy…I really appreciated the honesty and courage to speak about unpopular subjects. Thank you for a humbling experience. Our company will be a much better place because of it…happy and honored to have taken it…I learned that business politics is not necessarily something negative, but can be used in a positive forum to better the chances of achieving business goals…The section on Ethical Lobbying fueled my passion…

Various Participants
CVS Caremark

We’re really happy with the Organizational Savvy Webinar feedback. One participant wrote me thanking me for offering it, saying it was by far the most engaging, interactive webinar she’d ever experienced.

Client Decision-Maker
Fortune 500 Insurance Corporation and Top 10 Property and Casualty Company

Can’t think of a vendor relationship I value more highly … The course material, content and delivery were exceptional. The participants … have spread the word that this was one of the best course they have ever taken. Our offerings are filling fast. Wow … could you ask for anything more. Cheers and congratulations on yet another ‘home run.’

Client Training Manager
Citigroup

I literally tried to leave the webinar showcase you presented, but found it too hard! Every minute you’d change up the presentation and have us use one of the collaborative webinar tools in ways that kept me involved. I couldn’t check emails or become disengaged.

Client Decision-Maker
Fortune 100 Company, Top 30 Bank

I am amazed at what I am taking away…great reminder of how to best effect change in myself and my environment…facilitator was extremely effective, the best at Constellation…without a doubt the best course I have ever taken…helped me to see that I can be more of an asset…extremely charismatic and exciting…this class is a must for anyone seeking to increase their upward mobility and advancement…will enable me to manage perceptions about me better and then to help inspire my effectiveness

Various Participants
Constellation Energy

Absolutely phenomenal! Very helpful, useful information. I liked the Ethical Lobbying exercise because I was able to accomplish steps towards an idea/assignment… “Great analogies and creative balance of participation and instructional didactic. Great info, never heard the topic discussed before, thanks!”…“This opened my eyes so much and made me reevaluate some of my beliefs and opinions. I also really liked the real life examples used.

Various Participants
Genentech

Thank you for an awesome class! I have taken into my heart and put into practice the techniques and lessons I learned from the experience.

Participant
Wellpoint

This has been one of the most applicable and helpful courses I have taken…This is a “must have” course for all managers…found the stories relevant, on point, and useful…Politics and networking were negative to me before. Now I certainly am clear on the power of both….Gave me very practical tips and techniques to understand, deal with and leverage politics in all walks of life…Kept everyone energized! I rarely give top scores but (instructor) deserved them!

Various Participants

Presentation Testimonials

Extremely applicable in all aspects of life. Good framework for demystifying politics and approach. Rick was a dynamo, engaging, effective and knowledgeable, experienced…It was all great, good use of humor. Rick is a fabulous presenter-very engaging!

Various Participants
Institute for Management Studies

It was a pleasure meeting at the Con Edison session! It was a very rewarding session for me. I found out that I’m under political which has led to missed opportunities and insufficient network. I’m looking forward to receiving your book to improve my political tactics. Thank you

Participant
Con Edison

You were a real ‘crowd pleaser’ which is quite an accomplishment when you are trying to design and deliver a program that satisfies such a diverse group of Deans, Academicians and Directors. The standard/bar for excellence is so high… these days that only the best of the best seem able to rise to the level of expectations here. Congratulations on being a member of this small and elite group. Since your workshop, many of the participants have commented to me about your ability to put your program in the context of the others in the series and to provide superior and unforgettable instruction on a topic that you are clearly an expert on. The participants were also unanimous about how valuable the program content was in terms of providing them with additional models within which they can more readily appreciate and capitalize on different management styles. Thank you for sharing your exceptional program with us.

Director of HR
Major US Business School

I feel awakened and will strive to become more aware, understanding, tolerant, flexible and responsive toward the political environment and people with …power… I shall overcome! … The material was enlightening, but more importantly, … you were simply marvelous and I feel fortunate to have met you.

Participant in Organizational Savvy: Avoiding Your Political Blind Spots
Citibank Business Services

The course material, content and delivery were exceptional. The participants from the first session have spread the word that this was one of the best courses they have ever taken. My thanks to Dr. Rick Brandon… for providing such a successful addition to our Management Development curriculum

Client
CBS

Rick is at the top of his game. He takes the mystique out of office politics and offers many tools on how to approach the issue. In addition to positive comments about his overall model, evaluations mentioned his section on “buzz,” the opinions circulating about you, as especially informative, as well as his section on the “elevator speech. I would have him back in Minneapolis anytime.

Chairperson Feedback
Institute for Management Studies

Dr. Rick Brandon was a great hit at this year’s MDC worldwide sales meeting. He delivered the message we wanted with total credibility. Our sales people started the session with a healthy degree of skepticism, but soon changed their minds. He is not your “typical” motivational speaker. He brings true-life experiences to his presentation that people can relate to. His sales background allows him to speak from experience that we can all relate to. His ability to remember unique information about all of our people was a great indicator of the quality of his preparation and a key factor in establishing his credibility. I received numerous comments throughout the week from a large number of the participants on the value of the presentation. We all benefited from the presentation both at a professional and at a personal level.

Tony Lima, Senior V.P. Sales and Service
Molecular Devices Corporation

Everyone knows how informative, educational, entertaining, the abundance of knowledge you shared brought to all who attended your presentation of “Organizational Savvy.”…You are brilliant.

Various Participants
Department of Veterans Affairs

This was really very helpful yesterday and gave me some real hope…I was floundering a bit how that I am a part of a large company. I’m a smart guy and fast learner, good with analysis and languages, but nobody teaches you this language and analysis skill set. You threw me a valuable line. I thank you.

Alan Amberg, Regional HIV Specialist
Walgreens Specialty Pharmacy

Dr. Brandon is a very talented individual. His capacity for understanding one’s business, seemingly any business, and then incorporating important information into an entertaining event is superb. The audience was captivated at times, on its feet at times, and always engaged. Nobody wanted to leave the room even for a smoke break for fear you’d miss something outrageous, and beneficial. Brandon Partners will impress you immeasurably with its talented, comedic approach to your everyday business challenges and opportunities.

Paul Frechette, SVP
Heller Financial, Inc.

Dr. Rick Brandon truly impressed and impacted our entire Sales and Marketing force at our annual national meeting. He gained quick rapport and credibility with our people since he is a powerful speaker, and it was clear he’d done his homework and knows the world of corporate sales. Besides having a novel and memorable approach, Rick is a very funny and informative professional. I’m confident our people will benefit for months to come, since people are more likely to remember and implement what they learned.

Joe Keegan, CEO
Molecular Devices Corporation

I was impressed with the balance of motivation, education, and humor you used to deliver your message. The key is our sales organization really connected with you. I have never had so many positive comments about a self improvement and motivational speaker as I did this year from your presentation.

Mike Wilcox, VP
Quadramed