Leadership Simplified: Doug Van Dyke

Testimonials

“I enjoy working with Doug and have attended several of his presentations and workshops. Would like to see our sales team attend training.”
"Doug facilitated our Strategic Planning Session and did a fantastic job at keeping our group on target. He not only met, but exceeded our overall expectations. We would welcome the opportunity to work with him again in the future!" 
"Informative, entertaining, engaging. I like your style."
"Love it. The best part is how simple the tools are. The Working Agreement should be valuable."
"Great content, learned much as usual, dynamic speaker and presenter."
“Dear Doug, Thank you so much for your outstanding presentation during our Sales Boot Camp event! Our attendees could not have been more enthusiastic about your professionalism, your engaging presentation style and the quality of your content. Not only did our attendees learn how to sell better and more productively, they also learned how to manage their time and life more effectively! I also want to thank you for all of the pre-event assistance you provided and for being an easy speaker to work with. Not all speakers are, and it is such a pleasure to work with a professional who understands what will be needed and provides it. I will certainly look for an opportunity to have you back to another PRISM International event!”
“I appreciate the valuable information that I can utilize both in the workplace and with personal life to build stronger relationships.”
"Excellent content and delivery!"
"Wonderful, useful & fun. You did a great job, Doug! I appreciate learning your techniques. Now I need to IMPLEMENT!"
"I thought the Working Agreement initiative worked out great!"
“This has given me some great tools to work with. I feel more confident in how I will handle difficult areas of my job. I truly see how just going along to avoid a difficult issue does not help – it only gets worse unless you have the skills to deal with it appropriately.”
"Doug - You are an extremely effective coach & mentor for me and my organization. Your ability to read strengths and weaknesses of individuals is uncanny, and you use your reads to recommend an effective approach to aid in individual development. Constructively, I would like you to dig deeper to keep me on-task, and continue to force the uncomfortable conversations and decisions. It was an interesting read on our team's strengths and the harmony thread. We are an operations organization - Sometimes we need to rock that boat! I look forward to another year!"
“Doug, Below is the communication I sent to our HR team and VPO. I hope they realize the value in what you provide – I know there are a lot of others within Omnicare that would benefit from your Leadership Development Program. I wish you could see how you have impacted some of our staff.  Their communication has probably improved the most.  I actually saw an email written by one of the participants to an employee that was so motivating I was in awe. She would have never taken it upon herself to send an email like that before. I also witnessed another member of the group give a presentation last week and her confidence level was at an all-time high. We are now having morning huddles in both processing and distribution. I have not had to get involved in email battles for quite some time now. I could go on. We will see where we go from here but I certainly feel that we have leaders now.    Thanks again for everything! Please see below:   All,   Our leaders have completed Leadership Simplified's Leadership Development Program and I have attached their summaries that they turned into Doug on their final day. As I watch the staff now during their daily activities, I can certainly see the positive impact these sessions have had on their performance and attitudes. Judging by their comments they found a lot of value in what they have learned as well. They are acting more like a unit and are working together more efficiently. This allows me to spend more time on important areas of the business and less time providing them with guidance or having to mediate their actions. They are using the tools they learned in order to communicate better with their employees, our customers, and each other. I would recommend this leadership development program to others, either as a team or individually. It has really impacted our team.    Thanks for allowing our team to take part in this training!”
"Loved the presentation on How to Deliver Tough Messages. Great information. Left me wanting to learn more!"
"Excellent, to the point, focused, structured, new material and educational. Really enjoyed the day planning. Lots of great information."
"Very engaging. Doug kept us involved, listening, and interacting!"
"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 exactly as advertised, very interactive, big plus!"
"Lots of great material/tools. Fantastic program."
"This program has been very helpful in learning to deal with testy customers."
"The best explanation of selling principles I've seen."
"Really useful tactics, not only for customers, but co-workers and other personal situations."
"Doug is an outstanding instructor and speaker. He gave me deeply impactful tips on how to be an effective speaker."
"Great business advisor with high integrity and a great personality."
"Thank you again for presenting this course in a nontraditional sales format. Your focus on the human, relationship and psychological element is very effective. I have received many positive comments in this regard."
"The Leadership Simplified program was excellent. Doug is a wonderful speaker. Great job!"
"Fast-paced, interactive, practical, and easy to implement information."
"Thank you so much. I enjoyed the format of the Leadership Innovation Retreat – it made for a very positive experience and you were an excellent facilitator."
"Engaging and encouraging. I feel charged up and revitalized. Fits every need of our organization ... and personal life."
"Very informative with great interaction. Allowed co-workers who normally would not know each other to interact."
"I really enjoyed the program. I will be doing a lot of public speaking & presentations in my new role at Trustmark. Your insight, wisdom, and tools are of great value. Thank you."
"Very comprehensive topics and thought-provoking. I am able to put a lot of the information presented into action."
"Constructive/Informative. Doug demonstrates a very comfortable presence about him, something to emulate!"
"Purposeful and driven towards success. Deliverables and desired outcomes clearly defined prior to meeting and achieved."
"This session achieved the deliverables required. It was very good for the group."
"I think this program was very valuable. The CD/Homework served as a great base to start. Great job!"
"Good to sit down and draw out expectations  of one another"
"Great program. I can apply these tools at work and home! Thank you."
"I found this program to be both enlightening to me and my group, as well as personally."
"I learned so much from Doug, especially the key points for a successful team: Communication, Planning & Team Work."
“The initiative you conducted for our office one year ago was extremely beneficial and we continue to practice the methods you taught us. In particular, we have had a few “working agreement” meetings among various employees. This strategy has improved relationships and created a higher level of understanding in the office. By understanding each others expectations and coming to an agreement, the office has been very efficient. I thank you again for taking the time to meet with us and teach us the many valuable skills that we still use.”
"Excellent program, very helpful. I am currently using some of your organization techniques, including day planning and time management skills."
“I truly enjoyed the program and found it to be valuable and informative. Excellent presentation and good tools to put in place.”
"Doug has done fantastic work with me as my business coach. His guidance is always very insightful and on-point. I feel he is a major key to the success of my business. I would recommend Doug to everyone who wants a consultant who can help them achieve their best results."
"Great day of focusing on skills often forgotten in the day to day business world. Learned a lot: goals, time management, numerous sales techniques, leadership and communication." 
"This information will be very helpful moving our company forward with the management changes we have been working through."
"Engaging and relevant. Easy to understand and implement."
"Doug turned on some of the topics such as delegation, priority management, power plan that were very beneficial to me."
"Very useful information that is relevant and can be applied immediately."
"Doug is very personable and works extremely well with collegues and clients. He has an uncanny ability to target the challenge, and then effectively impliments strategies that improve and motivate staff and management to reach their maximum potential."
"Excellent, very engaging, kept the audience involved and entertained. Great information!"
"We have used DVD Consulting for Business Planning and Meeting Facilitation numerous times over the last 7 years. We have been very happy with the results - he is punctual and inciteful. Most importantly, he has helped me grow as a entrepreneur and a business owner. Highly recommended."
"Good open dialogue sessions. Activities are great and key takeaways are on point."
"It was a great program to motivate and build stronger teams"
"Thank you for being great at what you do. Using skills and tools from Leadership Simplified has greatly reduced many if not all barriers that appeared to be present in the professional world for me. I still continue to learn and communicate skills and tools I have developed which has only further increased my potential. The leadership simplified class was pivotal in my development. So, thank you so much!"
"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."
“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!!!”
"Great ideas and format. Doug's ideas, material, and suggestions were motivating and eye opening."
"Valuable information, presented in a skilled, yet entertaining presentation"
"Very informative and inspirational. I bought one of your dvd's and can't wait to go home and refresh all I learned."
"Excellent - I recommend this for all! Thank you."
"I have received excellent value from our coaching sessions together and find myself consciously referencing what I have learned in everyday situations."
"Very important and useful leadership tool. Excellent presentation style."
"Well-structured, with very implementable tools, techniques, and ideas!"
"Wow did I learn a lot!"
"I felt this was a robust program. I found you to be direct and engaging. You listened to our challenges and then introduced tools to help us succeed."
"Loved the interaction, the 'team' atmosphere we created and the skills we learned to implement. Excellent program!"
"I thought there were many great ideas and takeaways. If we are able to implement even one idea it will benefit us greatly. I appreciate the content and will use it to grow as a leader."
"I want to implement these concepts and I plan on beginning now. Thank you Doug, your professionalism and leadership are incredible! You make such a difference to our team and you teach me so much!"
"Very informative. I learned new tools and techniques that will help me grow as a leader and as a professional."
"The name Leadership Simplified says it all... taking simple techniques and learning to apply them. Very insightful..."
"I thoroughly enjoyed the program - lots of great information, ideas to incorporate that are 'doable' not unrealistic. Many new tools and techniques shared."
"Great program, especially for professionals. Lots of new information to take back to the office."
“Mr. Van Dyke, I attended your course a couple of years ago, and ever since then my sales have increased at least 60%. Thank-you for the professional way you re-directed my sales knowledge! I hope to attend another seminar very soon.”
"Sales Simplified is a positive and effective program, full of influential group actions and great examples."
"Doug has an innovative and interesting presentation style. I liked how the action items blended into discussion items. Fantastic program."
"Very informative program. I thoroughly enjoyed it and learned a lot."
"Pitched up some interesting tidbits."
"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."
"Interesting, effective, makes you think, makes you aware of the strengths you have already, but haven't utilized or realized."
"Doug is an excellent coach. His program was easy to understand and on point to what I needed."
“Helped with an overall understanding of the challenges that leaders face and provided useful tools to approach/attack those challenges. As a young leader I was able to take particular lessons and utilize them in the workplace. I didn’t always succeed but was able to analyze the failures and reflect on Doug’s lessons to revise and improve my approach in the future.”
"Great presentation!"
"High value in short time"
"Doug was an engaging and inspiring speaker. I hav ebeen to several leadership trainings in the past and I can say that this training was excellent. The material was clear and easy to apply. I will be using some skills I leaerned to better communicate with other managers and my team. I also have new tools to use when managing my time to make sure all my efforts are geared towards meeting our organization's goals."      
“I have worked with Doug Van Dyke over the past couple years. His techniques and coaching have made me a more confident and successful sales consultant. In 2009, I was awarded the top sales consultant in my company!”
"Fantastic program. It should have a positive impact on our relationship with our company."
"Very good information. Makes so much sense!"
"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."
"It was great! Well thought out with useful suggestions such as Priority Communication Tool, Delegation, and Time MGMT."
"Very practical and good tools. Good examples throughout will help me be a stronger team leader and coach others."
"Your session on Working Agreements is a common sense approach to improving communication and collaborative relationships. Very effectively presented!"
"It made me aware of the different types of management techniques and coaching styles. It was very beneficial."
"Doug has the uncanny ability to present a topic in straight forward, easy to understand language. Many people find themselves moving from a worker role to a leadership role with little formal training. This book lays the groundwork for a new leader to rise to the top. Fundamentals presented in a straightforward manner makes this one of the best books on the subject available today. I highly recommend it."
“The information was relatable, which is huge. The content was directly applicable to my job’s biggest struggles.”
"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."
“Dear Doug, I wanted to let you know the good news, that we just this week sold our shop. As you may remember, Eddie and I purchased Marion Smith Florist 10 years ago with virtually no equity to our name. We were able to get $650,000 for the business, and are holding no notes, during a challenging retail environment. I think back often and realize that none of this would have been possible without your dedication and creativity. I can’t thank you enough for not discarding our intentions and instead working with us to help us realize our dream. Now I have new dreams, and am looking forward to investing in another business, but this time with an MBA degree behind me and significantly more equity.”
"Very good and productive! Great information on holding effective meetings."
"Written by an experienced speaker and training expert, Leadership Simplified presents a breezy, fast-paced guide to becoming an effective leader. Based on work with thousands of professionals, the book blends anecdotes and practical advice as it breaks down the steps toward becoming a successful leader into a series of well-defined tasks. With an informal style, clear action points, and intriguing stories, the book is a refreshing antidote to the more ponderous works dealing with the issues of leadership."
"I REALLY have appreciated each of the weekly topics and how they relate to me as a leader, to my career, and to what has currently been going on at work. Week by week each class builds upon the other creating a foundation of leadership skills. The "foundation" points I have learned actually run through my head during work situations. I find myself engaged during work moments and cognizant of my behavior/ bodylanguage/ paraphrasing, etc. I THANK YOU Doug for helping me become a better leader!"

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