Leadership Simplified: Doug Van Dyke

Testimonials

"Terrific Strategic Planning session - very concise, informative, stayed on 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."
"I enjoyed the presenter - good tools for management/leadership. Plan to put to use right away."
"Very good program, opened up communication between employees"
"On behalf of Partnership for Philanthropic Planning of Tampa Bay we thank you for sharing your knowledge, tools and techniques to help our members achieve success in their work place.   The feedback we received from today's program was wonderful! The program was very enlightening; an important topic with valuable information and useful strategies.   Thank you again for sharing your wealth of knowledge and I hope we can work together again in the near future."  
"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."   
"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."
"The program was great. It encorporated all the core principles and qualities of great leadership. Well done!"
"Doug is an amazing teacher with a lot of experience. He shared many valuable examples of his own and ways to handle the situation. His class is very helpful in addition it will help you in your workplace dealing with an array of personalities."
"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."
"I learned so much from Doug, especially the key points for a successful team: Communication, Planning & Team Work."
"The best explanation of selling principles I've seen."
"Fantastic! Informative. Doug's material and delivery is creative. I am now able to see and observe things that were not obvious to me before. I can use these techniques in my professional and personal life."
"I like that communication channels have been opened."
"Fabulous, educational, informational, exciting, challenging!! Great stuff"
"Well-structured, with very implementable tools, techniques, and ideas!"
"Great presentation!"
"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!"
"Our day of retreat with Doug was great- we moved forward as a team and a company!"
"Excellent, to the point, focused, structured, new material and educational. Really enjoyed the day planning. Lots of great information."
"Great program. I can apply these tools at work and home! Thank you."
"Leadership Simplified will be the start for our team to communicate, have fun and be more productive."
"Effective, informative and very useful. Good review of concepts of active listening and personal selling."
"Very inspiring. The visual aids and exercises were energizing. We jumped right in to the session and had a fast-paced, learning experience!"
"Sales Simplified is a positive and effective program, full of influential group actions and great examples."
"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."
"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."
"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!"
“Very enlightening. I hope the info is used to further progress our group.”
“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.”
“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!”
"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."
"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."
"Great program. There were so many great tools to use in real time. You were great! Thank you for sharing this valuable information."
"Very valuable; especially in the tech world with all the linear thinkers."
"Excellent, helpful for my everyday performance in how to engage with employees and for personal situations. The program helped me to become a better leader."
"There were so many valuable tools that I can implement immediately."
“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.”
"Broad range of subjects addressing real work-place issues. This training was more effective than any I've attended before."
"I loved that we were presented with real life scenarios, given the opportunity to evalate and make recommendations, then hear how the actual scenarios played out."
"It was great! Well thought out with useful suggestions such as Priority Communication Tool, Delegation, and Time MGMT."
"A lot of good content packed into one day; nice level of interaction and practical examples."
"Excellent, very engaging, kept the audience involved and entertained. Great information!"
"A must program for anyone starting into sales. Excellent delivery."
"You were a big hit with our group. Thank you for sharing your knowledge with such expertise. I have received loads of positive feedback. Thanks again."
"Not only was Doug's presentation effective and efficient, but it was perfectly timed for this organization."
"Thank you for being great at what you do. Using skills and tools from Leadership Simplified has greatly reduced many if not all barriers that appeared to be present in the professional world for me. I still continue to learn and communicate skills and tools I have developed which has only further increased my potential. The leadership simplified class was pivotal in my development. So, thank you so much!"
"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."
The content presented and facilitated is useful, "real-world", approachable tactics for being a successful leader. Areas such as Leading Different Generations, Problem Solving and Strategic Planning have really resonated with me.
"Fantastic information. I will be able to implement several items we covered immediately."
“New perspective on communication, specifically paraphrasing and reversing. Very good energy.”
"Very informative and inspirational. I bought one of your dvd's and can't wait to go home and refresh all I learned."
“Great presentation and facilitator, generating self-evaluation and insight regarding our team. Looking forward to continuing the process.”
"Simple ideas but very underused tools"
"Practical, can be used with every business."
“I love Doug’s energy. He kept everything interesting and relevant!”
"Good to sit down and draw out expectations  of one another"
"Very informative program. I thoroughly enjoyed it and learned a lot."
"Very rational way of enlightening groups to see eye-to-eye or at least understand where the other party is coming from."
"Great! Good skills to learn that can be adapted and work on a daily basis."
"Well paced program. I appreciate that the content involved group participation and sharing of ideas."
"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."
Great information, enthusiastic speaker, enjoyed the day! Inciteful with a nice entertainment value."
"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."
"I thought the Working Agreement initiative worked out great!"
"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."
"Great experience, provided effective tools for the workplace in a positive and open environment."
"Interesting and very appropriate at this time in my organization."
"Doug's program really helped me change my mindset and it will serve as the push needed to do/approach my sales calls differently."
"The meeting was very good. We covered many topics and came to consensus on most. Many great ideas were exchanged."
"Please come back and continue this! Thank you so very much for being here - loved hearing you."
"Good open dialogue sessions. Activities are great and key takeaways are on point."
"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."
"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."
"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'."
"Very helpful. I am always in learning mode and appreciate when my expectations are met."
“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.”
"Loved the presentation on How to Deliver Tough Messages. Great information. Left me wanting to learn more!"
“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.”
"Love it. The best part is how simple the tools are. The Working Agreement should be valuable."
“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!”
"Lots of very valuable information, presented in a clear and concise manner. Great tools for leadership."
"Energetic, great approach, easy to understand and a good variety of information. Activities were fun, but also meaningful."
"Wonderful, useful & fun. You did a great job, Doug! I appreciate learning your techniques. Now I need to IMPLEMENT!"
“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.”
"Fast-paced, interactive, practical, and easy to implement information."
"Pitched up some interesting tidbits."
“Very informative and opened my eyes to areas of leading that I have been neglecting of late.”
"Interesting, effective, makes you think, makes you aware of the strengths you have already, but haven't utilized or realized."
" Valuable information- Highlight leadership styles- Information on millennial expectations and styles- incredible!"
"Well done; easy to understand tool"
"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 10 sessions of the Leadership Development Program have provided more meaningful training than other year-long coaching scenarios."
"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!” 
"Very comprehensive topics and thought-provoking. I am able to put a lot of the information presented into action."
"Great content and techniques. Very eye opening. The program helped me think of selling in a new way. Thank you."
"High value in short time"
"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."
"Fantastic! Awesome! Interesting! Informative! Engaging!"
"Fabulous, wish I had done this 2 years ago when I started in sales."

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