Leadership Simplified: Doug Van Dyke

Testimonials

"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."
"Valuable information; relevant and easy to understand"
"Good, presented a different perspective that I have seen before."
“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.”
"Very impressed that Doug could keep us so engaged/entertained through an entire day. I am excited to put what I have learned to practice."
"Fantastic information. I will be able to implement several items we covered immediately."
"Doug did an excellent job involving everyone. I am amazed how many of our folks stayed with this and didn't find a way of skipping out."
“Thank you for your incredible coaching and insights this past year. You really helped me focus on what my passion was.”
“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!!”
“Doug Van Dyke from DVD Consulting facilitated our multi-day, annual retreat and he was excellent. He kept a very diverse group of people on track and helped us accomplish much more than we could have dreamed. Doug was a great choice and I highly recommend him.” 
"This program is so amazing!"
"Excellent, practical, innovative, and useful."
"This was a great start toward getting to know who we really are..."
"Please come back and continue this! Thank you so very much for being here - loved hearing you."
"A lot of good content packed into one day; nice level of interaction and practical examples."
"Doug has provided exceptional learning programs for the associates at the Global Technology and Information Center for The Nielsen Company. He has offered very insightful ideas for repurposing some of his programs into a smaller Lunch n Learn series. In fact, Doug's sessions have been averaging 50-75 participants regularly and his series has proven to be very popular. Doug is knowledgeable, professional and sincere in his approach to consulting and executive coaching. His newletters are thought provoking and his insights valuable in today's world. We value his contributions and look forward to new opportunities to collaborate with him for the benefit of our associates." 
"Very beneficial. It made a lot of connections with existing situations. Great process!"
"The 10 sessions of the Leadership Development Program have provided more meaningful training than other year-long coaching scenarios."
"Great business advisor with high integrity and a great personality."
"Doug Van Dyke, CEO of Leadership Simplified delivered a wonderful and information presentation to our team. His talk on '10 Tips for Leaders to Motivate Employees' was exactly what we needed to hear. He customized the presentation for us, and we hope to invite him back soon. We believe that Doug Van Dyke is the right fit for organizations seeking to advance leadership and cultural change initiatives. Again, thank you!"
"Great job pushing people to open up, providing a great foundation and solid toolbox for professional speaking. Very creative in providing constructive feedback allowing people to learn and grow."
"Much more detailed action items, 'deeper' items to handle and prioritize. Glad folks were honest."
"Outstanding! Very effective and thought-provoking. All the concepts presented were very easy to implement."
"Very well done - perfect timing for me"
“Awesome as always. I learned a new perspective and approach. Was very impressed with Day Planning and Paraphrasing. Thank you for giving me some very useful key questions and statements to use in my sales.”
"Awesome program! I learned a number of new techniques to more effectively lead, not only in corporate America, but at home, interacting with my family as well. Doug has an extremely positive, wonderful attitude. I truly enjoyed real-life examples Doug shared through his consulting practice."
"A must program for anyone starting into sales. Excellent delivery."
"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!"
"Good open dialogue sessions. Activities are great and key takeaways are on point."
"I thought it was a great tool to address the disconnects our groups have had. It has made significant inroads into righting the ship."
"Great content and techniques. Very eye opening. The program helped me think of selling in a new way. Thank you."
"Pitched up some interesting tidbits."
"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."
It was informative. I would highly recommend this training to other businesses. Great insight into team building skills and customer service techniques. 
“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.”
“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!”
"Engaging and relevant. Easy to understand and implement."
"The program was very educational for me and I have already seen some results. Thank you Doug!"
"Very effective. Great tools and techniques."
"Doug, I just want to comment that your 34-minute Communication CD is a wonderful "recap" of the several hours of training that you provided to Clearwater Gas System. I would say it's definitely a "must have" for everyone that would like to refresh and retain some of the most important highlights of your training."
"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!"
"I love Doug's enthusiasm and his great examples; takeaways that I can implement right away."
"Engaging, informative and a good takeaway."
"Doug turned on some of the topics such as delegation, priority management, power plan that were very beneficial to me."
"Very important and useful leadership tool. Excellent presentation style."
"The program highlights many ways to improve effectiveness and efficiency in the workplace. I thought it was very enlightening and gave me tools I can use."
"Fast-paced, interactive, practical, and easy to implement information."
"Fabulous, educational, informational, exciting, challenging!! Great stuff"
“We want to thank you for the great job you did Saturday! This was ShelterBox USA’s first national meeting and my Board and our Regional Representatives were impressed with the material presented. We hope that you and your expertise will continue to be a part of our development as a national volunteer organization. Thank you for sharing your professional knowledge, we are deeply grateful.”
"Broad range of subjects addressing real work-place issues. This training was more effective than any I've attended before."
"Great program. Doug always keeps us on time and on track!"
"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."
“My team has been working with DVD Consulting for several years and have had great results. They performed in-depth analysis and made recommendations that enabled us to become a marquee office for my company. They have done a great job in many areas. They sat down with each staff member to determine the needs of each individual, and assisted me in getting more productivity from each employee. We have engaged in several team building events to show each employee the importance of teamwork and how 1+1 = 3 if we all work towards the same goals. DVD has had a major effect on increasing the communication in the office and getting employees to talk effectively with each other. Doug Van Dyke has also been a mentor to me in many ways: from increasing my communication skills to introducing me to technology tools that have helped me become more efficient in my job. My coach has also given many lessons on different leadership styles that deliver results; nonverbal communication skills; Matrix Management; organization skills; recognition and motivating others; speaking effectively; time management and ways to foster open communication. Doug has assisted me in creating a positive work setting in my office that has greatly impacted results. His broad business background and positive upbeat personality can assistant in many ways to enhancement any business.”
"I thoroughly enjoyed the program - lots of great information, ideas to incorporate that are 'doable' not unrealistic. Many new tools and techniques shared."
"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!"
"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 a great presenter and full of energy. Learned so many useful tools with real life examples."
“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!”
"Valuable information, presented in a skilled, yet entertaining presentation"
"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."
"Very interesting material. Doug made several points that I had not thought about before. I learned a lot."
"Energetic, great approach, easy to understand and a good variety of information. Activities were fun, but also meaningful."
"Very informative. Great program!"
"Doug, Thank you for helping us achieve a productive meeting and elevate our discussions. We appreciate the role you played and the importance of having you there. Thank you again!"
“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!”
"Well paced program. I appreciate that the content involved group participation and sharing of ideas."
"I found this program to be both enlightening to me and my group, as well as personally."
"I cannot stress enough how much I enjoyed the Speaking Simplified course. It was phenomenal! I learned a great deal and will not forget the golden nuggets of information that were provided."
“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.”
"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, As you know, we started this year out with some very specific goals that I wanted to achieve for the teams I manage.  To achieve these goals, there were some changes I needed to make with my leadership style.  With this in mind you laid out a path for us to work down that would allow me to attain these goals, making changes as required as new challenges or opportunities presented themselves.  With the amount of changes we made to the way we work this year, I feel we took advantage of the opportunities presented and you helped me to significantly raise the bar and achieve our goals. I truly appreciate all of the coaching and support you have provided to me over the last 12 months, our success would not have been possible without you.  I look forward to continuing our sessions in the year to come!"
"The program was great! Doug provided an abundance of takeaways that can be used not only in the workplace but in my personal life as well."
"Excellent - I recommend this for all! Thank you."
“I thought the presentation was wonderful and very insightful. I am leaving with new communication tools and reinforcement of old tools that I forget to use!”
"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."
"Great reminder of what top performers must continually practice to WIN!"
"Very informative, great content and easy to follow presentation. Doug was a fantastic teacher."
“Very good information – presented in an easy to understand format with great examples on how to utilize”
"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!" 
"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 inspiring. The visual aids and exercises were energizing. We jumped right in to the session and had a fast-paced, learning experience!"
"This program really pushed me to question my own leadership style and challenged me to improve, develop, and grow - both myself and my team."
"Very good program, opened up communication between employees"
"Thank you for a great day of training.  The material was both informative and engaging.  I appreciate the material you delivered and am amazed that you are able to keep your energy up for an entire 8 hours the way that you do.  I spent 2-3 hours with you years ago and the same energy you had for that 2-3 hours was shown for the entire 8 hour training yesterday.  Thank you for the great tools offered and I look forward to implementing both the Working agreement and also more focused meetings starting with the 15 minute standing meeting."  
"Great content, learned much as usual, dynamic speaker and presenter."
"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."   
Great information, enthusiastic speaker, enjoyed the day! Inciteful with a nice entertainment value."
"Very positive attitude, energetic, clear in content and presentation, good at redirecting when getting off task."
"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."
"Great program, very informative. Doug creates an atmosphere that allows people to open up, face their fears, and triumph without fear of failure. The constructive feedback from the group is so well structured."
"Jam-packed with useful information, interesting, pleasant, fun, with a lot of tools to take back to work."
"Clear, concise, communicative. Loved sense of humor!"
"Excellent training. Covers a broad range of topics that face most leaders."
"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."
"I have received excellent value from our coaching sessions together and find myself consciously referencing what I have learned in everyday situations."
"What did I like about the program? Everything!"
"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."
"Very comprehensive topics and thought-provoking. I am able to put a lot of the information presented into action."
"Good to sit down and draw out expectations  of one another"
"An excellent program and master example of how to run a training class. As an aspiring trainer, it was engrossing!"

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