Leadership Simplified: Doug Van Dyke

Testimonials

 "I went to Doug's seminar when he was in Kansas City. I was so impressed that I spoke with him about customizing a program for my sales employees focusing on leadership and sales. We worked on a program together and he came into Kansas City. The seminar he put on was invaluable. The tools he showed everyone and the way he interacted with my employees was top notch.  I have challenged him many times since about how to handle certain business situations. Each time he has given me great ideas. I have seen and met many consultants over my career. He is far and above the best and the most helpful. I would highly recommend him and I wouldn’t say that if I did not mean it." 
“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.”
“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.”
"Good to sit down and draw out expectations  of one another"
"A must program for anyone starting into sales. Excellent delivery."
“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!”
“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.”
"Doug's program really helped me change my mindset and it will serve as the push needed to do/approach my sales calls differently."
"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."
"The program is very informative and effective. I can apply it directly to my job to be better at what I do. The real-life scenarios were very helpful."
"I have worked with Doug for several years now. What always amazes me, is the scope of knowledge that he brings to the table. Whether it is customer service, time management, management, leadership, vendor relations, hiring, etc. Doug is definitely a great asset and he has helped me and my company be more productive multiple times."
"Doug is an excellent coach. His program was easy to understand and on point to what I needed."
"Very informative with easy going presentation."
"Doug is a chamber member, trustee and valued resource. He leads our trustee monthly peer exchanges which many describe as the enduring value of our program. Doug's breadth of knowledge of the business environment allows him to expertly cover virtually any topic that comes up in these often-spirited discussions. Doug is very incisive in his ability to assess issues and his manner allows me to work through the options and personally 'own' the solution. Unflappable, Doug is a trusted friend and advisor."
"Leadership Simplified will be the start for our team to communicate, have fun and be more productive."
"I found this program to be both enlightening to me and my group, as well as personally."
"Fantastic! Awesome! Interesting! Informative! Engaging!"
"The program made me think about and examine the way I handle certain situations. It has provided insight and has changed some of my perceptions and attitudes."
"I thought it was a great tool to address the disconnects our groups have had. It has made significant inroads into righting the ship."
"As always, Doug is well-spoken and easy to follow. the program covered a wide variety of topics effectively."
“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!”
"Good ideas to implement and to make me a better leader."
"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."
“Thank you for facilitating our company retreat meeting this past Friday.  We greatly appreciated your efforts.  Specifically, I felt that you moderated a good willed but boisterous group of staff members in a positive direction- keeping us on track and on time.  I also felt that you did a phenomenal job of incorporating the information that we requested about communication in a virtual world and day planning into the session.  The team building exercises were appropriate to the day’s plan and they succeeded in building the team.   I will gladly refer your services to the other leaders that I come across- well worth the money that you charged.  Our team is invigorated and motivated to move Steel in the Air ahead.  Now the onus is on us to take the solid foundation you provided and build upon it. “
"Great program! I got a lot out of it."
"Jam-packed with useful information, interesting, pleasant, fun, with a lot of tools to take back to work."
"Very educational and beneficial to my career. Lots of valuable tools for me to use."
“Excellent program! Informative discussion that can be brought back to my workplace. Great examples and references to help relate and paint a picture.”
"I think this program was very valuable. The CD/Homework served as a great base to start. Great job!"
“The program was very engaging. Really enjoyed the personal stories that ‘drove the message home!’”
"Great content, learned much as usual, dynamic speaker and presenter."
"Doug is a true modern-day business visionary. He has a profound ability to connect with people, both as a leader and as a peer. It is with this trait, that he is able to effectively consult and collaborate with organizations of all types and sizes. I had the honor of working with Doug on numerous imperative projects, all of which we are still reaping benefits from."
"Practical, can be used with every business."
"Informative. It was worth my time."
"The team building program was very informative and helpful. I loved the day planning ideas. Doug's sessions are always a great time!"
"it has improved my effectiveness and efficiency."
"Fantastic program! One of the best day seminars I have had. Recommending you for training at my company. Extremely insightful and engaging."
"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."
"Excellent use of our time. I am very optimistic about what this program can and will do for us as individuals and as a company."
"Very good session - High energy - Fun - Very well paced - and very Effective"
"What fresh, new ideas about leadership. It was terrific. Different style, great instructor!"
“Entertaining and fast-paced. Kept my attention from beginning to end.”
"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."
"Excellent, practical, innovative, and useful."
"Very good information. Makes so much sense!"
"Really useful tactics, not only for customers, but co-workers and other personal situations."
“Well presented program, up-beat and fast-paced. Doug keeps the audience involved. I like how he uses real life examples. Great way to learn.”
"Fun and very informative. I learned a lot about planning and ways to deal with procrastination."
"Doug's Leadership Boot Camp was outstanding - I am walking away with several ideas and a desire to implement as many as possible. A truly enjoyable and educational class. Thank you!"
"Doug is a great presenter and full of energy. Learned so many useful tools with real life examples."
"What a great way for us to open up about our issues in the workplace."
"Valuable information, presented in a skilled, yet entertaining presentation"
“Certainly added tools that I need to be a better leader. Also, reinforced some concepts that I had forgotten from other leadership lessons. Reminds me of the influential leaders I’ve had, and the value they’ve had on my development.”
"Excellent, to the point, focused, structured, new material and educational. Really enjoyed the day planning. Lots of great information."
“Doug, you really know how to inspire and instruct. What a great session we had on July 24. Sales Simplified is simply the best! It was helpful, informative and inspiring. Keep up the great work. We all appreciate you.”
"The program was amazing. Many useful tools and techniques resonate with me. I am confident and know I will continue to be a successful leader."
"It made me aware of the different types of management techniques and coaching styles. It was very beneficial."
I recently had the pleasure of attending one of Doug's interactive presentations at my company's leadership conference. I thought Doug did an incredible job engaging the audience and reviewed topics that were relevant to us and our businesses. He was extremely informative and made the group think outside of the norm that we were used to. His thoughts on digital marketing and media were fantastic and I would recommend him to anyone wanting to hire a speaker for their employees. Thanks Doug, myself and my team appreciated you speaking with us!
"Excellent use of time. Helped tremendously."
“Hi Doug, I would like to take the opportunity to tell you how much I value your input and coaching.  You have been a tremendous sounding board and helped me think through some rather sticky situations.  Having your time and attention to discuss issues and troubleshoot resolutions has been invaluable.  I very much appreciate your perspective and keen advice.  I feel extremely well supported by you and look forward to our next interaction. Thank you and all best wishes.”
"The program offered a lot of valuable information. Doug was excellent!"
"Our day of retreat with Doug was great- we moved forward as a team and a company!"
"Great business advisor with high integrity and a great personality."
"Excellent. Extremely helpful. Great examples..."
"Broad range of subjects addressing real work-place issues. This training was more effective than any I've attended before."
“I thought that whole presentation was excellent. Specifically, the segments regarding communication and conducting effective meetings were particularly good. I picked up many pointers that I am anxious to use. Thanks!”
"Doug provided quality strategic planning facilitation for the non-profit organization I lead. He crafted a productive agenda that left us with a sense of accomplishment, and provided great insights as we progressed with our planning. I recommend Doug for your strategic planning needs. And, it's true, he's a downright nice guy!"
"Well done- many new ideas I can take home and implement"
"Doug brings a professional and realistic practice to not only improving one's business skills, but the team as well. He sincerely believes in these no-nonsense techniques and you will view them as invaluable as well. Highly motivational and tremendously professional, Doug is able to personalize his message for each individual; it's as if he speaks directly to you and it hits home. His book, 'Leadership Simplified' is the best business tool I've used in years."
"Well done; easy to understand tool"
"The energy was amazing! Doug keeps the session interesting by including activities."
"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!"
“Very informative program that has helped me greatly. Doug is an inspiration and has taught me better ways to deal with situations, not only in the workplace, but in my home life as well. I wish there were more sessions I could attend. The program was a great use of my time!”
"Excellent. More!"
"Very useful information that is relevant and can be applied immediately."
“I think the class is excellent and I am very happy to have received some new tools to implement into my skill set.”
"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."
"The material you presented fits together nicely. I plan to use the tools and techniques with my team tomorrow!"
"Excellent, very engaging, kept the audience involved and entertained. Great information!"
"Good, presented a different perspective that I have seen before."
"Great program. Doug always keeps us on time and on track!"
“Great, strong, fundamental skills review and a powerful set of new tools to use in the future.”
"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."
"I work in training so this session was very valuable to me. I liked the information on body language and the facts about what percentage of information we retain by reading, hearing, experiencing."
"I found the discussion and tools very helpful with handling calls. My confidence will increase with these tools over time."
"I thought the program was excellent!"
“Lots of energy, easy to understand and extremely informative!”
"Great! I will be implementing much of what I learned tomorrow."
“I appreciate the valuable information that I can utilize both in the workplace and with personal life to build stronger relationships.”
"Hello Doug, It was a pleasure to meet you and participate in your Leadership Simplified program at our ABWA chapter meeting this evening.  I always want to "sharpen the saw" and your topics were very helpful. I am going to check out your website for your upcoming seminars - they sound like they are right up my alley!  I plan to start reading your book this weekend.  We can never learn too much.  Many thanks!"
"Great program. It is already making a difference with our team."
"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."
"Much more detailed action items, 'deeper' items to handle and prioritize. Glad folks were honest."
"Very good - an abundance of useful materials and concepts that I can put to use immediately."
"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."
"Engaging and relevant. Easy to understand and implement."
“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!”
“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.”
"Really Really Good!! You do a wonderful job!!"
"Excellent - great ideas and techniques to practice."

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