Leadership Simplified: Doug Van Dyke

Testimonials

"Hi Doug, I really enjoyed the two sessions I took with you at the APC conference in Orlando.  I’ve been able to immediately put some things in use – so great success and ROI!  I have also raved about your sessions to my boss and the CEO. "    
"It made me aware of the different types of management techniques and coaching styles. It was very beneficial."
"I agreed and valued every part of this training. Really."
"Loved the program. Strong, easy to use content. Great handouts. Doug used situations and examples many encounter regularly. Very applicable."
"Practical, can be used with every business."
"The Leadership Development Program provides tools and concepts that will allow a leader to heighten their skills and bring the value back to the company. Excellent presentation of how to utilize the tools and concepts with lots of 'stickability.'"
"Great ideas and format. Doug's ideas, material, and suggestions were motivating and eye opening."
"Doug is an awesome speaker and made it fun for everyone. He really listened to our questions. It was very educational and I will definitely use the techniques."
"Working with Doug Van Dyke over the past few years has been a great experience. Doug's training and coaching has strengthened each of the individuals in Profit Management as well as the overall team. He has given me tools to improve my communication skills and leadership abilities. This has had a positive impact on my entire team. This coaching process has proven to be an integral part of our team moving forward. Doug possesses an energy that is stimulating, motivating, and fun. I look forward to working with him again in the future."
"Very informative. Well presented ideas on fostering a better company through communication and leadership."
"As always, Doug is well-spoken and easy to follow. the program covered a wide variety of topics effectively."
"Simple ideas but very underused tools"
"I thought it was a great tool to address the disconnects our groups have had. It has made significant inroads into righting the ship."
“Very good program with valuable information. Lots of useful tips that will help me become a more effective leader. Enjoyed learning many new tools for efficiency.”
"This was a great start toward getting to know who we really are..."
“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.”
"A lot of good content packed into one day; nice level of interaction and practical examples."
"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!"
"The program really helps you think about the way you lead and manage people. A lot of useful tools and techniques shared to help you improve yourself."
"All of the concepts were relevant and useful. Doug is an engaging presenter."
"Needed, thorough, effective"
"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."
"Very informative."
“Thank you for your incredible coaching and insights this past year. You really helped me focus on what my passion was.”
“I appreciate the valuable information that I can utilize both in the workplace and with personal life to build stronger relationships.”
"This program has helped me communicate in the work place and in my personal life."
"Doug's sales training program was enlightening and a great reminder of sales techniques. It was a shot of new energy for me to go after business. And the techniques will be fun to work with."
"I enjoyed learning about the various tools that can be implemented to have a more effective and accountable organizational structure."
"The program was great. It encorporated all the core principles and qualities of great leadership. Well done!"
"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!"
"Much more detailed action items, 'deeper' items to handle and prioritize. Glad folks were honest."
“Very informative and is relevant to my work as a team leader”
“Absolutely inspiring! After 20 years in business and many, many training events, the programs you have customized for us over the past few years have been the most productive I have ever experienced.”
"I enjoyed the presenter - good tools for management/leadership. Plan to put to use right away."
"Great series. It was thought out well to ensure it was relative to our industry."
"I have worked with Doug on a number of consulting engagements. The quality of his work has always been outstanding. He is one of my go to people when it comes to topics on leadership, sales, and coaching. His blog is one of the few that I read on a regular basis. Doug is a consummate professional. I recommend him highly."
“Great, strong, fundamental skills review and a powerful set of new tools to use in the future.”
"There were many good takeaways that I wll be implementing."
“I think the class is excellent and I am very happy to have received some new tools to implement into my skill set.”
"This program really hit the target today in meeting the needs of the organization. Great boot camp!"
"Hi Doug, Thank you for leading a great day yesterday! The tools you provided and your ground work with the team activities will be information the care managers may use immediately as well as continue to grow in their expertise. I appreciate your expertise and effectiveness. I'm looking forward to an incredible year!"
"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."      
"Great program!! I gained a lot of valuable information."
"The energy of the presenter and engagement of participants was outstanding. The program was well paced and balanced."
"Energetic, great approach, easy to understand and a good variety of information. Activities were fun, but also meaningful."
"The leadership boot camp was very helpful for developing the leadership skills and style I want to achieve."
“I found the program to be very useful and effective. Doug is an excellent speaker and teacher. I would absolutely recommend this class. I know I will use these tools throughout my professional career. This course was better than most of my business college classes at USF. I wish I had such a course when I was in college.”
"Leadership Simplified has been a valuable resource for both our sales office and me. Through well-coordinated team exercises, our sales team was able to refocus our strengths and achieve greater results using the talents of each associate. I have been managing a large sales team for over 15 years, and have been through many seminars and coaching sessions, but none at the level provided by Doug. He provided enormous assistance in becoming a stronger leader and sales facilitator."
“Doug, Just wanted to thank you for the session on collaboration and Working Agreements.  I used your Working Agreement template here at my new position at L-3 and I’m getting recognition for my efforts by the President of Aviation Recorders. I followed the process by the “book” and it went extremely well.  I hope you have a happy holiday!”
"Please come back and continue this! Thank you so very much for being here - loved hearing you."
"Really beneficial to me. I have learned a lot of things that will be very useful to me and to my team. I would like my staff to attend also. Great program....thank you!"
"The team building program was very informative and helpful. I loved the day planning ideas. Doug's sessions are always a great time!"
"Excellent presentation, delivered exceptionally."
"Loved it! Thank you for all the inspiration and motivation. Very knowledgeable and professional, funny too."
"Excellent, especially the Working Agreement. I can see how useful this tool could be."
"Great, useful information that was easy to understand, in a very casual environment!"
“Doug, the coaching sessions with you have been an integral part of my career growth at American Express and have been extremely helpful in putting things into perspective for me. I truly appreciate all that you do!”
"Excellent training for leaders to be more effective and influential utilizing the lessons learned during the program."
"The meeting was very good. We covered many topics and came to consensus on most. Many great ideas were exchanged."
“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.”
"Excellent use of funds, sums it up nicely."
“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!!!”
"The coaching sessions you crafted were tailored to the characteristics of the mentored individual. The results have been outstanding."
"It was great! Well thought out with useful suggestions such as Priority Communication Tool, Delegation, and Time MGMT."
"The program was very educational for me and I have already seen some results. Thank you Doug!"
"I thought the Working Agreement initiative worked out great!"
"I wanted to extend my gratitude again for your coming to provide training for the SDMC HR leadership team at Day Springs. Your ability to work with the crowd and flexibility was appreciated. There was great feedback from the team - they all seemed to find something meaningful to use with their work."
"Doug is able to take the concepts and skills that are most critical to operating a successful organization and distill them down in a simple way to their critical steps or components. The outcome is material that can be delivered cost effectively in a short period of time, can be understood clearly as it is delivered, and most important, is easy and practical for the recipients to implement with enthusiasm."
"Fantastic! Awesome! Interesting! Informative! Engaging!"
"Great insight and new tools for selling my product, progressing a sale and communicating."
"Our day of retreat with Doug was great- we moved forward as a team and a company!"
"Great job! Amazing presentation"
"Fantastic pace and fantastic company."
"Great, clear, concise, motivational!"
"Very good information. Makes so much sense!"
"The energy was amazing! Doug keeps the session interesting by including activities."
"Great content; very well-presented."
"Thanks so much for your help this week, Doug! I'm grateful for your participation in our Leadership Innovation Conference and I thought the outcome was fantastic."
"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."
"Great reminder of what top performers must continually practice to WIN!"
"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."
"I thoroughly enjoyed the course and would recommend it to anyone.  You are an inspiration in so many ways.  Your course is one of the best I have taken and the “stick ability” is amazing!  I really appreciate all the effort you put into ensuring there is value in each session. I am so impressed with what I learned and the new tools I have been provided that I wish it was a weekly staple!"
"Best class ever. Day flew by!"
"The program was very pointed and direct"
"The program puts some very valuable issues and ideas into plain simple language."
"Great Value!"
“Great presentation and facilitator, generating self-evaluation and insight regarding our team. Looking forward to continuing the process.”
"Amazing!!! I have been in multiple leadership trainings and this was by far the BEST, thank you!"
"This Sales Training was Informative and easy to follow along. Effective tools provided as well! Thank you, Doug!!"
"Very useful information that is relevant and can be applied immediately."
"I think it was great to discuss different departments and how they interact and affect each other."
"Great session, very helpful! What an eye-opener."
"Thank you for the excellent job you did in facilitating our strategy meeting. As you know, our company is going through some major changes related to growth and we requested your help in leading an all-day, offsite strategy session. We were primarily looking for a high energy agenda that would promote team building. We also wanted the experience to be valuable to our entire team as all company employees would be in attendance. Not only did you deliver what we were looking for, your personality was pleasant and not overbearing as has sometimes been my experience. You were very attentive to the needs of our particular group and the activities that you arranged were both fun and meaningful. As a result, we are now a more closely knit team. Everyone enjoyed their day and we are looking forward to our next similar event."
"Doug has an innovative and interesting presentation style. I liked how the action items blended into discussion items. Fantastic program."
"Doug's strategic planning session was very good for our team. We moved along. The exercises were applied to help give construct."
"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."
"Doug, I can’t begin to tell you how MUCH I valued this experience.  What a great ten weeks with all that I had going on with work too, it really all came together for me.  Thank you!"
“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.”
"Fabulous, wish I had done this 2 years ago when I started in sales."
"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."

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