Leadership Simplified: Doug Van Dyke

Testimonials

“Very good information – presented in an easy to understand format with great examples on how to utilize”
"Great, useful information that was easy to understand, in a very casual environment!"
"Constructive/Informative. Doug demonstrates a very comfortable presence about him, something to emulate!"
"Dear Doug, Thank you so much for the great job you did presenting to our group today. Your presentation was informative and easy to understand. It is obvious why you are so successful at what you do. Feel free to use me as a reference with any future clients."
"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."
"Excellent!"
"Excellent - I recommend this for all! Thank you."
"I agreed and valued every part of this training. Really."
"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."
“Great, strong, fundamental skills review and a powerful set of new tools to use in the future.”
"Very informative. I learned new tools and techniques that will help me grow as a leader and as a professional."
"Doug: I thought this was extremely valuable! Thank you for introducing some new things and reinforcing things I know but I have not been utilizing... Many thanks!"
"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."
"Engaging, informative and a good takeaway."
"A lot of good content packed into one day; nice level of interaction and practical examples."
"Very detailed, ability to adapt to questions or situations, on the spot feedback on use of skills, reinforcement and critique."
"Good balance of action applied to work and creativity- breaking out of the routine approach- very good teambuilding session!"
"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."
"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."
"The name Leadership Simplified says it all... taking simple techniques and learning to apply them. Very insightful..."
"Great program. I can apply these tools at work and home! Thank you."
"Great content and participation. I hope we all practice what we learned, especially respectful communication and behavior."
"Enjoyed the program very much - very informative. Lots of great 'usable' information."
"I think it was great to discuss different departments and how they interact and affect each other."
"Good way to start communicating, collaborating, and solving problems!"
"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."
"Very practical with effective strategies and tools to deploy in any workplace."
"Doug, I just wanted to thank you on behalf of Nielsen for the wonderful Lunch & Learn session you provided for nearly 170 associates today. Judging from the evaluations, you really struck a chord by providing ideas and information that helped each of them have a valuable take away. Again, thank you very much for your very professional and engaging session. We've started the year off on the right foot with our Lunch & Learn series and your've set the bar a little higher for all who follow."
"This was a great start toward getting to know who we really are..."
"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."
"Wow did I learn a lot!"
"Doug's presentation to our ABWA group was fantastic. I enjoyed it very much. I am now head of a group of women from 39 churches, so this was timely and meaningful."
"Even though I'm more into people leadership than sales, I thought the Sales Simplified program applied very much to what I do."
"Great reminder of what top performers must continually practice to WIN!"
“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.”
"Lots of great material/tools. Fantastic program."
"Great program!! I gained a lot of valuable information."
"Very informative, helpful, interesting and fun. Loved the interactive activities!"
"This program really pushed me to question my own leadership style and challenged me to improve, develop, and grow - both myself and my team."
"High value in short time"
"Engaging and relevant. Easy to understand and implement."
"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."
“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!”
“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!”
"Engaging and encouraging. I feel charged up and revitalized. Fits every need of our organization ... and personal life."
"I appreciate that Doug gave me organic tools and solutions to effect change, i.e. 16-45 days to create a habit. I needed to hear the input from my co-workers and the CEO and this forum brought out information I wouldn't have thought to ask about."
"Lots of great ideas, very well-presented."
"Excellent training for leaders to be more effective and influential utilizing the lessons learned during the program."
"Great Value!"
"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!"
“He introduced tools that are immediately implementable. I am thrilled”
"Fantastic pace and fantastic company."
"The program was very pointed and direct"
It was informative. I would highly recommend this training to other businesses. Great insight into team building skills and customer service techniques. 
“I think the class is excellent and I am very happy to have received some new tools to implement into my skill set.”
"This was an excellent delivery of useful tactics that will greatly enhance our company's efficiency."
"Best class ever. Day flew by!"
"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."
"There were many good takeaways that I wll be implementing."
"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."
"The Leadership Development Program provided valuable insights, skills and habits that will continue to raise my bar."
"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."
"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."
"Outstanding! Very effective and thought-provoking. All the concepts presented were very easy to implement."
"Informational, entertaining, and useful."
"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."
"Loved it! I wanted to hear more!"
"The program was great. It encorporated all the core principles and qualities of great leadership. Well done!"
“During a recent weekend, the management team of Samy Company attended a two-day offsite session to map our corporate vision and strategies. We invited Doug Van Dyke from DVD Consulting Incorporated to facilitate the session, and all participants agreed that he did an exemplary job of leading a tough team to achieve the goals stated at the outset of the session. Doug’s entertaining style and experience as a skilled facilitator made him an invaluable asset to the team and a key to the success of the sessio’n. We often refer to that offsite as a defining and successful event in our company’s history. I highly recommend Doug Van Dyke as a skilled facilitator and consultant. The monies spent were well worth the effort and we are continuing to enjoy the tangible and intangible benefits from this event.”
"This information will be very helpful moving our company forward with the management changes we have been working through."
"It was a great program to motivate and build stronger teams"
"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."
"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."
“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.”
"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."
"Great job! I got good, valuable points from this presentation."
"Effective, informative and very useful. Good review of concepts of active listening and personal selling."
"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."
"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."
"Very interesting material. Doug made several points that I had not thought about before. I learned a lot."
"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 program. Doug always keeps us on time and on track!"
"Loved the interaction, the 'team' atmosphere we created and the skills we learned to implement. Excellent program!"
"Fantastic program. It should have a positive impact on our relationship with our company."
"Very informative."
"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."
"This was fabulous! Thanks!"
"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!"
"I found this program to be both enlightening to me and my group, as well as personally."
"Jam-packed with useful information, interesting, pleasant, fun, with a lot of tools to take back to work."
"Doug is an excellent presenter; the best "corporate" style presenter I've ever seen. I also loved the content of the program."
"Thanks again for conducting the sales training. This morning I overheard one of our sales reps telling our VP how beneficial she thought the training was and how much she appreciated Kaiser investing in her. Overall, the feedback has to be some of the most positive comments I've heard from a training that our sales reps have attended. Looking forward to the next training event!” 
"The program was thoughtfully tailored to meet the needs of this particular audience. Obviously Mr. Van Dyke had done his homework. This organization enjoys very high standards in the selection of its presenters; this program was among the best."
"Doug has been working with us to improve communications within the Finance organization since the summer of 2011. I have personally worked with him for the past three months to develop my own management skills. Both Doug's group presentations and one-on-one coaching sessions have produced remarkable results in opening up the lines of communication within my department, and have challenged me to grow as a manager more quickly than I thought possible. I look forward to working with him in the future." 
"Very informative. Well presented ideas on fostering a better company through communication and leadership."
"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."
"Well-structured, with very implementable tools, techniques, and ideas!"
"The program was excellent. I will use this knowledge in my everyday communication."
“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!”

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