Leadership Simplified: Doug Van Dyke

Testimonials

"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 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."
"Great content. Doug was terrific at adapting message to the audience."
"Doug is an excellent coach. His program was easy to understand and on point to what I needed."
"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'."
"Good balance of action applied to work and creativity- breaking out of the routine approach- very good teambuilding session!"
"Excellent – I really can’t thank you enough for the coaching you have provided these past few months, it’s really challenged me to develop as a manager far more quickly than I thought possible.  I will definitely be in touch if I run into any issues in the coming weeks "
"This program really hit the target today in meeting the needs of the organization. Great boot camp!"
"Great information. I can't wait to get your book."
“Doug Van Dyke and Leadership Simplified have conducted numerous leadership programs for the Clerk's office and the results have been remarkable. His one-on-one coaching with my management staff has helped these leaders perform at a higher level and lead their teams with confidence and clarity. His ability to effectively interact with a wide-array of personalities simply amazes me. Doug has also performed his 360-degree peer review for many of my leaders and their teams, which provided important feedback to both management and staff. This resulted in better communication, a common vision, and less workplace conflict. Doug’s teambuilding training has increased collaboration and productivity in multiple departments at the Clerk’s office. I am very pleased with Doug’s work. He is a wonderful coach, educator and mentor.”
"The meeting was very good. We covered many topics and came to consensus on most. Many great ideas were exchanged."
"Your techniques and skills helped to consolidate our priorities, while providing a detailed roadmap to implement."
"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."
"Very practical and good tools. Good examples throughout will help me be a stronger team leader and coach others."
"Very inspiring. The visual aids and exercises were energizing. We jumped right in to the session and had a fast-paced, learning experience!"
"Very good session - High energy - Fun - Very well paced - and very Effective"
"Pitched up some interesting tidbits."
“Very good information – presented in an easy to understand format with great examples on how to utilize”
"Doug has an innovative and interesting presentation style. I liked how the action items blended into discussion items. Fantastic program."
“The initiative you conducted for our office one year ago was extremely beneficial and we continue to practice the methods you taught us. In particular, we have had a few “working agreement” meetings among various employees. This strategy has improved relationships and created a higher level of understanding in the office. By understanding each others expectations and coming to an agreement, the office has been very efficient. I thank you again for taking the time to meet with us and teach us the many valuable skills that we still use.”
"I thought it was great and I plan to utilize the concepts immediately."
"We have used DVD Consulting for Business Planning and Meeting Facilitation numerous times over the last 7 years. We have been very happy with the results - he is punctual and inciteful. Most importantly, he has helped me grow as a entrepreneur and a business owner. Highly recommended."
“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!”
"Terrific & simple!"
"Great, clear, concise, motivational!"
"Valuable information; relevant and easy to understand"
"Much more detailed action items, 'deeper' items to handle and prioritize. Glad folks were honest."
"The program offered so much useful information regarding working together as a team."
"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."  
“I appreciate the valuable information that I can utilize both in the workplace and with personal life to build stronger relationships.”
"The presentation was informative and encouraged lots of new ideas"
"An excellent program and master example of how to run a training class. As an aspiring trainer, it was engrossing!"
"Leadership Simplified has been a valuable resource for both our sales office and me. Through well-coordinated team exercises, our sales team was able to refocus our strengths and achieve greater results using the talents of each associate. I have been managing a large sales team for over 15 years, and have been through many seminars and coaching sessions, but none at the level provided by Doug. He provided enormous assistance in becoming a stronger leader and sales facilitator."
"This is an excellent program - informative, enjoyable, great group of professionals, dynamic, and an excellent opportunity to proactively enforce the skills learned."
"The program was effective and so much needed. Got some critical issues out on the table."
"Excellent training. Covers a broad range of topics that face most leaders."
“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!”
"A lot of good content packed into one day; nice level of interaction and practical examples."
"Hi Doug, Thank you for leading a great day yesterday! The tools you provided and your ground work with the team activities will be information the care managers may use immediately as well as continue to grow in their expertise. I appreciate your expertise and effectiveness. I'm looking forward to an incredible year!"
“I thought it was very informative and learned a lot of new techniques I can apply daily to my job functions.”
“The program has been very helpful for me. It involved so much detailed information. Doug did a great job. I find myself utilizing steps from the program daily – with great results. I learned things that I never would have thought about in the past. It makes work easier with regards to dealing with people and situations.”
"I thought the presentation on How to Deliver Difficult Conversations was great. Doug's confidence and demeanor keeps your attention. He helped me realize other ways to short circuit difficult conversations. Love the 5 steps."
“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!!”
"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."
"Great presentation!"
"Very informative and motivational"
"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."
"Great program! I got a lot out of it."
"Excellent topics and very well organized. Tools I can go back and immediately begin applying."
"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've been through similar programs and this is by far the most effective training I have encountered."
"I really enjoyed your program. It produced tangible, doable, and meaningful tasks."
"Very informative and much needed information. It was a pleasure to listen to you. Thank you!"
“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.”
"I love the program's emphasis on productivity and effective communication."
"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."
"Really Really Good!! You do a wonderful job!!"
"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." 
"Well done; easy to understand tool"
“Entertaining and fast-paced. Kept my attention from beginning to end.”
“Very enlightening. I hope the info is used to further progress our group.”
“Hello Kay.  I cannot imagine you picking a better presenter for your keynote address than Doug Van Dyke. Cardel employed Doug’s services for a high-end Realtor event held at my model home in MiraBay.  We focused on a small group of Realtors who focus on sales in excess of $1MM.  There were about 15 in attendance and each left feeling their time was well spent.  I received feedback from each Realtor after the event asking if they would have another chance to hear Doug speak. A few weeks later, Doug gave a presentation to a group of real estate and building professionals at the Tampa Bay Builders Association monthly meeting.  There were over 100 people in attendance and the presentation was on selling to millennials. The presentation was lively, fun, educational, and interactive.  Doug made a large room feel very comfortable as he was able to address specific questions and concerns of those in attendance. It is with pleasure I recommend Doug to you as a presenter for your group of professionals.”
"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."
“The information was relatable, which is huge. The content was directly applicable to my job’s biggest struggles.”
"Great content; very well-presented."
"Timing is everything. Could not have been a better time for this as we navigate through uncharted waters...together!"
"Very good information. Makes so much sense!"
"Loved it! I wanted to hear more!"
"Great ideas and format. Doug's ideas, material, and suggestions were motivating and eye opening."
"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."
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!
"The 10 sessions of the Leadership Development Program have provided more meaningful training than other year-long coaching scenarios."
"Excellent, especially the Working Agreement. I can see how useful this tool could be."
"Simple concept, very interesting and applicable."
"Great program. I can apply these tools at work and home! Thank you."
"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!"
"Excellent use of time. Helped tremendously."
"I found the discussion and tools very helpful with handling calls. My confidence will increase with these tools over time."
"Doug is an excellent presenter; the best "corporate" style presenter I've ever seen. I also loved the content of the program."
"Very valuable; especially in the tech world with all the linear thinkers."
"Great job! I got good, valuable points from this 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.”
"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."
"The course was excellent. I need to go review all the concepts since it is content-heavy and put them into practice one or two at a time."
"Very engaging. Doug kept us involved, listening, and interacting!"
"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!"
“Thank you for your incredible coaching and insights this past year. You really helped me focus on what my passion was.”
"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."
“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.”
"I love Doug's enthusiasm and his great examples; takeaways that I can implement right away."
"The program was great. It encorporated all the core principles and qualities of great leadership. Well done!"
"Good way to start communicating, collaborating, and solving problems!"
"Excellent, fantastic! Enjoyed real world examples, implementable tools & a sense of humor."
“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.”
"Fun and very informative. I learned a lot about planning and ways to deal with procrastination."
"Jam-packed with useful information, interesting, pleasant, fun, with a lot of tools to take back to work."
"Fast-paced, interactive, practical, and easy to implement information."
"Great! I will be implementing much of what I learned tomorrow."
"The program puts some very valuable issues and ideas into plain simple language."
"The program offered a lot of valuable information. Doug was excellent!"

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