Leadership Simplified: Doug Van Dyke

Testimonials

"Excellent. I was nervous of the program and the ability to find it useful, but it was great and I really found it interesting and educational."
"Great program! I got a lot out of it."
“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.”
“I enjoy working with Doug and have attended several of his presentations and workshops. Would like to see our sales team attend training.”
"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."
"Very helpful. I am always in learning mode and appreciate when my expectations are met."
"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, fantastic! Enjoyed real world examples, implementable tools & a sense of humor."
"Doug, I can’t begin to tell you how MUCH I valued this experience.  What a great ten weeks with all that I had going on with work too, it really all came together for me.  Thank you!"
"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!"
"It made me aware of the different types of management techniques and coaching styles. It was very beneficial."
"Great information. I can't wait to get your book."
Very educational and fun. Good information and helpful tips. 
"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."
"Great job! Amazing presentation"
"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 truly enjoyed the program and found it to be valuable and informative. Excellent presentation and good tools to put in place.”
"Fabulous, educational, informational, exciting, challenging!! Great stuff"
"Very rational way of enlightening groups to see eye-to-eye or at least understand where the other party is coming from."
“I thoroughly enjoyed the training this week with Doug Van Dyke. It was the best training session I have attended since being a Gevity colleague. I left feeling as if my time was utilized efficiently and I was highly motivated. It is the best money Gevity has spent on training!!!”
“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 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."
"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 found the program to be very useful and effective. Doug is an excellent speaker and teacher. I would absolutely recommend this class. I know I will use these tools throughout my professional career. This course was better than most of my business college classes at USF. I wish I had such a course when I was in college.”
"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."
“Excellent program! Informative discussion that can be brought back to my workplace. Great examples and references to help relate and paint a picture.”
"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!” 
"This was a great start toward getting to know who we really are..."
"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!"
"Very well done. Morale booster for the group. Happy we had it."
“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!”
"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."
“The information was relatable, which is huge. The content was directly applicable to my job’s biggest struggles.”
"Well done; easy to understand tool"
“Very informative and is relevant to my work as a team leader”
"Doug's strategic planning session was very good for our team. We moved along. The exercises were applied to help give construct."
"As always, Doug is well-spoken and easy to follow. the program covered a wide variety of topics effectively."
“I think the class is excellent and I am very happy to have received some new tools to implement into my skill set.”
“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!”
"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.'"
"Very positive attitude, energetic, clear in content and presentation, good at redirecting when getting off task."
“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.”
"Good way to start communicating, collaborating, and solving problems!"
"Very informative with easy going presentation."
"I think it was great to discuss different departments and how they interact and affect each other."
"Very informative, great content and easy to follow presentation. Doug was a fantastic teacher."
"The program was great. It encorporated all the core principles and qualities of great leadership. Well done!"
"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 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!"
"Material and topics are interesting and relevant to my job. Good pace."
"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!"
"Doug is an excellent coach. His program was easy to understand and on point to what I needed."
"Fantastic information. I will be able to implement several items we covered immediately."
"What a great way for us to open up about our issues in the workplace."
"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."
"Especially at this point on our many change initiative journeys, this was perfectly timed. i will begin working with working agreements and power paraphrasing immediately."
"Much more detailed action items, 'deeper' items to handle and prioritize. Glad folks were honest."
“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!”
“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!”
"Excellent - I recommend this for all! Thank you."
"Pitched up some interesting tidbits."
"Very beneficial. It made a lot of connections with existing situations. Great process!"
"On behalf of Leadership Pinellas, I thank you for your outstanding presentation to kick off our speaker series. We have received such positive feedback from many of the attendees on how much they benefitted from your message. I look forward to our paths crossing again in the near future!"
"Great session, very helpful! What an eye-opener."
"Fun and very informative. I learned a lot about planning and ways to deal with procrastination."
"Fantastic program! One of the best day seminars I have had. Recommending you for training at my company. Extremely insightful and engaging."
 “Great break down of many topics. Offered wonderful suggestions to incorporate in a lot of different settings. Enjoyed thinking about topics in a different way.”
"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."
"Love it. The best part is how simple the tools are. The Working Agreement should be valuable."
"This Sales Training was Informative and easy to follow along. Effective tools provided as well! Thank you, Doug!!"
“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.”
Doug, your presentation to the ABWA on How to Deliver Tough Messages was terrific. Very valuable content. I'm so glad I purchased one of your books because I would like to learn more."
"Great Value!"
"Sales Simplified is a positive and effective program, full of influential group actions and great examples."
"Very applicable to my daily professional and personal interactions. I will use these methods and tools on a regular basis."
"Our day of retreat with Doug was great- we moved forward as a team and a company!"
"What did I like about the program? Everything!"
"I've been through similar programs and this is by far the most effective training I have encountered."
"Very good session - High energy - Fun - Very well paced - and very Effective"
"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!"
"This program is needed quarterly in our organization. Very interactive."
"Your session on Working Agreements is a common sense approach to improving communication and collaborative relationships. Very effectively presented!"
"This program is so amazing!"
"The coaching sessions you crafted were tailored to the characteristics of the mentored individual. The results have been outstanding."
"I thought the Working Agreement initiative worked out great!"
"The program was amazing. Many useful tools and techniques resonate with me. I am confident and know I will continue to be a successful leader."
"Terrific & simple!"
"Excellent!"
"Informative, entertaining, engaging. I like your style."
"Fantastic program. It should have a positive impact on our relationship with our company."
"I love Doug's enthusiasm and his great examples; takeaways that I can implement right away."
"Great series. It was thought out well to ensure it was relative to our industry."
"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."
"Very inspiring. The visual aids and exercises were energizing. We jumped right in to the session and had a fast-paced, learning experience!"
“Mr. Van Dyke, I attended your course a couple of years ago, and ever since then my sales have increased at least 60%. Thank-you for the professional way you re-directed my sales knowledge! I hope to attend another seminar very soon.”
"Doug moved us effectively through conversations we do not normally discuss as a group. We learned teambuilding skills that we need to practice in order for everyone to speak their thoughts."
"Lots of very valuable information, presented in a clear and concise manner. Great tools for leadership."
“What a fun and enlightening experience! Gave us a really insight into one another that we can move forward with.”
"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."  
"Doug was an engaging and inspiring speaker. I hav ebeen to several leadership trainings in the past and I can say that this training was excellent. The material was clear and easy to apply. I will be using some skills I leaerned to better communicate with other managers and my team. I also have new tools to use when managing my time to make sure all my efforts are geared towards meeting our organization's goals."      

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