Leadership Simplified: Doug Van Dyke

Testimonials

"Loved it! I wanted to hear more!"
"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."
"The material you presented fits together nicely. I plan to use the tools and techniques with my team tomorrow!"
"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."
"Even though I'm more into people leadership than sales, I thought the Sales Simplified program applied very much to what I do."
“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.”
"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."
"Doug's program on Working Agreements is helping our communication tremendously"
"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!"
"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."
"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."
"Very inspiring. The visual aids and exercises were energizing. We jumped right in to the session and had a fast-paced, learning experience!"
"When I first learned about the program I was a bit overwhelmed and concerned that "leadership" was going to be so broad I wouldn't know where or how to apply it in my real life. But I quickly learned that was not a problem!" 
 "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." 
"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." 
"Excellent program. Doug is a very effective and entertaining speaker."
"It made me aware of the different types of management techniques and coaching styles. It was very beneficial."
“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!”
"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!"
“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. “
"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."
"It was a great program to motivate and build stronger teams"
"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.'"
“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.”
"Great information. I can't wait to get your book."
"Needed, thorough, effective"
"Material and topics are interesting and relevant to my job. Good pace."
"Leadership Simplified will be the start for our team to communicate, have fun and be more productive."
"Very applicable to my daily professional and personal interactions. I will use these methods and tools on a regular basis."
"Very educational and beneficial to my career. Lots of valuable tools for me to use."
"Informative, entertaining, engaging. I like your style."
"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." 
"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!"
"Simple concept, very interesting and applicable."
"Very informative and exactly as advertised, very interactive, big plus!"
"Excellent, very engaging, kept the audience involved and entertained. Great information!"
"This program has been very helpful in learning to deal with testy customers."
"I agreed and valued every part of this training. Really."
"The leadership boot camp was very helpful for developing the leadership skills and style I want to achieve."
"As my personal business coach and advisor, Doug has provided many services for my company. He has been an invaluable resource for my marketing campaigns and has always provided me with great ideas, feedback and solutions. He truly has coached me to success in my business.”
"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."   
"it has improved my effectiveness and efficiency."
"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!" 
"Excellent, fantastic! Enjoyed real world examples, implementable tools & a sense of humor."
"What fresh, new ideas about leadership. It was terrific. Different style, great instructor!"
"Very informative. Well presented ideas on fostering a better company through communication and leadership."
"Timing is everything. Could not have been a better time for this as we navigate through uncharted waters...together!"
“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.”
"Excellent. More!"
"I like that communication channels have been opened."
"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."
"Excellent topics and very well organized. Tools I can go back and immediately begin applying."
“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!”
"I enjoyed the whole presentation. The importance of paraphrasing was a topic I had not heard in a very long time, but a very good tool."
"The 10 sessions of the Leadership Development Program have provided more meaningful training than other year-long coaching scenarios."
"All of the concepts were relevant and useful. Doug is an engaging presenter."
"Really Really Good!! You do a wonderful job!!"
"Excellent presentation, delivered exceptionally."
"Enjoyed interaction with other employees on activities. Fun and informative!"
"Excellent, especially the Working Agreement. I can see how useful this tool could be."
"I think this program was very valuable. The CD/Homework served as a great base to start. Great job!"
"High value in short time"
“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.”
"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!"
“New perspective on communication, specifically paraphrasing and reversing. Very good energy.”
"Please come back and continue this! Thank you so very much for being here - loved hearing you."
"An excellent program and master example of how to run a training class. As an aspiring trainer, it was engrossing!"
"Great program. Common sense that is summarized neatly in an easy to use tool."
"Informative, fast-paced and fun. Doug Van Dyke's preparation and delivery are excellent."
"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."
"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."
"Lots of great ideas, very well-presented."
"Key points I took from Doug: the importance of communication with peers and teambuilding through planning."
“Thank you for all of your work with our team. The initiative was a complete success. Your unique team building activities and the individual coaching sessions made a tremendous difference in our team. You helped create a positive and productive work environment. The individual coaching sessions were especially meaningful. You not only helped in my management development, but you helped make me a better person. Please feel free to use my name as a reference. I would be happy to speak with anyone regarding the quality of the work that you do.”
"Engaging, informative and a good takeaway."
"Coming from a military background I am a bit skeptical of soft skills coaches. I have also read just about every management/leadership book that exists. TTS hired Doug to help us with our business strategy during a period of rapid growth. His interfacing with our team and direction he provided during meetings was phenomenal. He has managed to mold a group of people who were rigidly formed by military experience into a very effective leadership team. Knowing all the buzz words and techniques is not enough. Doug is a great implementor of these techniques. I highly recommend Doug to help your organization from the boardroom to the 'shop floor'."
"Thank you for your assistance in keeping us focused and from becoming overwhelmed by the work ahead of us."
"Loved it! Can't wait to put the ideas to use."
"I really enjoyed your program. It produced tangible, doable, and meaningful tasks."
"A lot of good content packed into one day; nice level of interaction and practical examples."
“I truly enjoyed the program and found it to be valuable and informative. Excellent presentation and good tools to put in place.”
"Constructive/Informative. Doug demonstrates a very comfortable presence about him, something to emulate!"
"Well-structured, with very implementable tools, techniques, and ideas!"
"Wonderful, useful & fun. You did a great job, Doug! I appreciate learning your techniques. Now I need to IMPLEMENT!"
“Excellent program! Informative discussion that can be brought back to my workplace. Great examples and references to help relate and paint a picture.”
"I thought the Working Agreement initiative worked out great!"
"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."
"This is an excellent program - informative, enjoyable, great group of professionals, dynamic, and an excellent opportunity to proactively enforce the skills learned."
"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."
"Fast-paced, interactive, practical, and easy to implement information."
“Very informative and is relevant to my work as a team leader”
"Very informative and organized. I like how you kept us on task!"
“Hi Doug, Thank you again for all your time and knowledge shared during our sessions. The tools discussed are invaluable and ones I will use for many years. The sessions have challenged me to raise the bar as a leader and in my own personal development. Thank you!”
"Valuable information, presented in a skilled, yet entertaining presentation"
"Very beneficial. It made a lot of connections with existing situations. Great process!"
"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."
"Great Value!"
"Fantastic program. It should have a positive impact on our relationship with our company."
"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."
"Fun and very informative. I learned a lot about planning and ways to deal with procrastination."

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