Leadership Simplified: Doug Van Dyke

Testimonials

"Fantastic pace and fantastic company."
"Great reminder of what top performers must continually practice to WIN!"
"Very informative, helpful, interesting and fun. Loved the interactive activities!"
"This was one of the most informative, thought-provoking, and collaborative training sessions I have attended. I am a life-long learner and this has given me the tools to reassess my leadership abilities by cementing the good and to question and/or change the bad."
"After going through the Working Agreement process with Doug I have become more aware of my habitual body language, tone and words, and how they affect my working relationships."
"Doug is an outstanding instructor and speaker. He gave me deeply impactful tips on how to be an effective speaker."
"Great ideas and format. Doug's ideas, material, and suggestions were motivating and eye opening."
"Engaging, informative and a good takeaway."
“I definitely have taken in and learned many useful tools from our coaching sessions. It is always a pleasure to have an opportunity to be mentored by one of the ‘Greats’ when it comes to leadership. From our first session, I began to put the tools to work and have seen many positive improvements in my working relationships. I feel, there will be many more opportunities for me to raise the bar and push the percentages up as the department, team, and I grow. Thank you Doug!”
"I thoroughly enjoyed the program - lots of great information, ideas to incorporate that are 'doable' not unrealistic. Many new tools and techniques shared."
"The Leadership Development Program provided valuable insights, skills and habits that will continue to raise my bar."
“The program was very engaging. Really enjoyed the personal stories that ‘drove the message home!’”
"Great program!! I gained a lot of valuable information."
"Very good information. Makes so much sense!"
"Doug's Customer Service Workshop for the Manatee County YMCA was terrific. We learned great skills for handling dissatisfied members. I feel the training will also be helpful dealing with the staff."
"Today there were new ideas shared and our team became closer as a result. Great team building concepts and techniques."
"Great presentation!"
It was informative. I would highly recommend this training to other businesses. Great insight into team building skills and customer service techniques. 
“Excellent program, would recommend other leaders from Tervis to take advantage of this opportunity next time. Content was very helpful and I was able to implement a lot of the practices immediately.”
"All of the concepts were relevant and useful. Doug is an engaging presenter."
“I truly enjoyed the program and found it to be valuable and informative. Excellent presentation and good tools to put in place.”
"I enjoyed the whole presentation. The importance of paraphrasing was a topic I had not heard in a very long time, but a very good tool."
"Doug gave our group some really good information today, both practical and understandable. The examples were very beneficial and will help us with our next step in the learning process: practice, practice practice!"
“Thanks for a wonderful workshop! It was great to see our team come together in amazing ways. The feedback revealed it was a resounding success! I am spreading the word, and look forward to being in touch for future activities/events.”
"Material and topics are interesting and relevant to my job. Good pace."
“Hi Doug,  Thanks for sharing tonight at the Centre Club’s Social Media panel presentation. I really appreciated your insight on LinkedIn strategies. I learned a ton!!”
"Very positive and good insight for sales opportunities."
"Your techniques and skills helped to consolidate our priorities, while providing a detailed roadmap to implement."
"This session was much needed for our organization. I believe this will help us move forward and begin to make changes in the way we do business and to create a positive change."
“Very informative and opened my eyes to areas of leading that I have been neglecting of late.”
"This session achieved the deliverables required. It was very good for the group."
"Coming from a military background I am a bit skeptical of soft skills coaches. I have also read just about every management/leadership book that exists. TTS hired Doug to help us with our business strategy during a period of rapid growth. His interfacing with our team and direction he provided during meetings was phenomenal. He has managed to mold a group of people who were rigidly formed by military experience into a very effective leadership team. Knowing all the buzz words and techniques is not enough. Doug is a great implementor of these techniques. I highly recommend Doug to help your organization from the boardroom to the 'shop floor'."
"Great job! Amazing presentation"
"Very practical and good tools. Good examples throughout will help me be a stronger team leader and coach others."
"Fabulous, educational, informational, exciting, challenging!! Great stuff"
"The program covered many topics that were lacking in my MBA program. Useful strategies to deal with difficult situations, people and decisions were in every meeting. The practical applications were imediately useful in business and non-business situations."
"I enjoyed all the Leadership Development Program classes and have learned so much. I will continue to use the paraphrasing as I feel it is a great tool and something that I can use to help our team. I have used the working agreement and will continue to do so. These sessions provide great tools and are a very good use of time. Knowledge is power and I feel as if you have empowered us all. Thank you."
"Valuable information; relevant and easy to understand"
“Lots of energy, easy to understand and extremely informative!”
"I thought the program was very creative and very problem solving!"
“I appreciate the valuable information that I can utilize both in the workplace and with personal life to build stronger relationships.”
"Very practical with effective strategies and tools to deploy in any workplace."
"Clear, concise, communicative. Loved sense of humor!"
"Lots of very valuable information, presented in a clear and concise manner. Great tools for leadership."
“Overall I have improved in all areas of leadership and management while being coached by Doug. Some concepts are more challenging to apply and reinforce because of the growing state of the lab, but I am confident that I will be able to practice and implement all applicable tools and guide the company growth in a more efficient manner.”
"Fast-paced, interactive, practical, and easy to implement information."
"This information will be very helpful moving our company forward with the management changes we have been working through."
"Doug's Sales Simplified program was very helpful to me. I learned how to have more productive and engaging conversations with my customers. I liked the interactive nature of the presentation."
"It is excellent! This program has positively changed the way I handle things in both professional and personal aspects, making things easier for me. I absolutely recommend it! A lot of my co-workers can see the difference since I started this training."
“Very informative and helpful. Doug provides great examples and is easy to talk to.”
"The Phase II Leadership Program material is an imperative tool. The focus on developing each leader to become savvy and the attention to detail was impeccable. Thank you for your due diligence Doug."
"Love it. The best part is how simple the tools are. The Working Agreement should be valuable."
"Please come back and continue this! Thank you so very much for being here - loved hearing you."
"On behalf of eAutoclaims I would like to thank you for delivering a powerful and informative training session that will provoke action from our associates to achieve the desired results. The summary is also comprehensive and much appreciated. We look forward to working with you again in the future."
"Great job! I got good, valuable points from this presentation."
“The program hit many core conversation issues that we deal with. Learned techniques that I will put into practice immediately.”
"Energetic, great approach, easy to understand and a good variety of information. Activities were fun, but also meaningful."
"Excellent. More!"
"As my personal business coach and advisor, Doug has provided many services for my company. He has been an invaluable resource for my marketing campaigns and has always provided me with great ideas, feedback and solutions. He truly has coached me to success in my business.”
"it has improved my effectiveness and efficiency."
"Broad range of subjects addressing real work-place issues. This training was more effective than any I've attended before."
"Doug offered a new way of thinking about working with colleagues at all levels and at different stages."
"Doug turned on some of the topics such as delegation, priority management, power plan that were very beneficial to me."
"Key points I took from Doug: the importance of communication with peers and teambuilding through planning."
"Interesting and very appropriate at this time in my organization."
"I enjoyed learning about the various tools that can be implemented to have a more effective and accountable organizational structure."
"It was an excellent course and has helped me put a plan together to become more effective."
"Very beneficial. It made a lot of connections with existing situations. Great process!"
"Doug, your speaking style and content is well disciplined. The format was effective in covering specific content."
“Invaluable. How do you put a price tag on this content? The ideas and values are viral. They spread to the people we as leaders have committed to serve with our guidance. I can’t thank you enough!”
"With Doug's guidance, I was able to move past my own self-imposed barriers. Great techniques and useful examples are provided to assist the participant."
“Doug Van Dyke and Leadership Simplified have conducted numerous leadership programs for the Clerk's office and the results have been remarkable. His one-on-one coaching with my management staff has helped these leaders perform at a higher level and lead their teams with confidence and clarity. His ability to effectively interact with a wide-array of personalities simply amazes me. Doug has also performed his 360-degree peer review for many of my leaders and their teams, which provided important feedback to both management and staff. This resulted in better communication, a common vision, and less workplace conflict. Doug’s teambuilding training has increased collaboration and productivity in multiple departments at the Clerk’s office. I am very pleased with Doug’s work. He is a wonderful coach, educator and mentor.”
"Terrific & simple!"
"The name Leadership Simplified says it all... taking simple techniques and learning to apply them. Very insightful..."
"Thank you Doug, You are a wonderful facilitator and I truly believe you have helped us develop a great working relationship between the conservation, sales, administrative and conservation teams. Looking forward to possibly working together during our annual meeting as well as with other internal departments."
"Much more detailed action items, 'deeper' items to handle and prioritize. Glad folks were honest."
“What a fun and enlightening experience! Gave us a really insight into one another that we can move forward with.”
" Valuable information- Highlight leadership styles- Information on millennial expectations and styles- incredible!"
"Hi Doug,  First let me say, it has been such a pleasure  working with you over the last few months.  The tips, guidance and support you provided and offered were INVALUABLE.   I also appreciate the comprehensive summary. Believe it or not, I used it as a reference point early this morning."   
"Very useful information that is relevant and can be applied immediately."
"I attended your Leadership Simplified Boot Camp last Friday. I enjoyed the training very much and have already implemented some of your suggestions. Thank you so much."
"Loved it! Can't wait to put the ideas to use."
"Doug is a fantastic coach and works well with people at all levels of an organization. We have used his service for individual coaching, team building and business operation ideas. He is enthusiastic and truly cares that his help is appropriate for the situation. I have used other coaches and Doug is clearly the best of the lot. As a past TEC member I know I receive greater value from Doug while expending less time."
"There were many good takeaways that I wll be implementing."
“I thoroughly enjoyed the training this week with Doug Van Dyke. It was the best training session I have attended since being a Gevity colleague. I left feeling as if my time was utilized efficiently and I was highly motivated. It is the best money Gevity has spent on training!!!”
"This seminar was very helpful to me. It was titled "How to Deliver Tough Messages". The topic couldn't have been more timely since I have a meeting tomorrow which I would have made a mess of without Doug's suggestions!"
"Thank you Doug for sharing your knowledge and expertise at our training session yesterday.  I saw the “light bulb” go on during the activities and lecture.  Now we just need to practice what we learned.  As a trainer myself, it is important that we keep the momentum moving forward and allow what we learned from you to become the norm as we try to improve our culture.  Your training will be the springboard for these improvements. I want you to know how much you are appreciated."
"I agreed and valued every part of this training. Really."
"Excellent. I was nervous of the program and the ability to find it useful, but it was great and I really found it interesting and educational."
"Very informative and exactly as advertised, very interactive, big plus!"
"When I first learned about the program I was a bit overwhelmed and concerned that "leadership" was going to be so broad I wouldn't know where or how to apply it in my real life. But I quickly learned that was not a problem!" 
“Steel In The Air retained DVD Consulting for the purpose of evaluating a number of potential business ventures that had presented themselves to the organization and were causing deep division in focus. Doug Van Dyke (the facilitator) created a one day event to assist us in weighing the merits of each venture and in ferreting out the real “expense” to the organization in both time and money. Doug thoughtfully and expertly led discussions, keeping them from derailing off track or getting too heated, funneling the creative process in a productive manner. At the end of the day, we had a road map to follow, one decidedly different than any of the management members expected going into the event. This roadmap eventually proved to be successful and we won a large contract. What truly impressed us was the way in which Doug guided conversation without ever steering the decision making process. He asked thought provoking questions and managed our sometimes heated discussion with tact. Doug then presented us with a thorough copy of notes from the discussion and a game plan crafted from the meeting.”
"My recommendation to business leaders is to invest in leadership training for yourself and your employees. I can speak from experience; I have elevated my skills and knowledge to a greater level. Thank you Doug for making me not only a better manager, but a better leader."
"Interesting, effective, makes you think, makes you aware of the strengths you have already, but haven't utilized or realized."
"This program really hit the target today in meeting the needs of the organization. Great boot camp!"
"This was fabulous! Thanks!"
"Our office recently went through Doug's Working Agreement initiative. The program was great. Theory was great. Application will be challenging. But we need it."
"Fun and very informative. I learned a lot about planning and ways to deal with procrastination."
"I love the program's emphasis on productivity and effective communication."
“Great tools and tips that can be used both personally and professionally. The art of communication can be revisited often when getting rusty on positive communication.”

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