Leadership Simplified: Doug Van Dyke

Testimonials

"Fantastic pace and fantastic company."
"Good ideas to implement and to make me a better leader."
"It made me aware of the different types of management techniques and coaching styles. It was very beneficial."
"I like Doug's interactive, casual yet natural presentation style. It makes the information easy to hear and retain."
“I truly enjoyed the program and found it to be valuable and informative. Excellent presentation and good tools to put in place.”
"Enjoyed the program very much - very informative. Lots of great 'usable' information."
“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!”
"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!"
“This has given me some great tools to work with. I feel more confident in how I will handle difficult areas of my job. I truly see how just going along to avoid a difficult issue does not help – it only gets worse unless you have the skills to deal with it appropriately.”
"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!"
"As always, Doug is well-spoken and easy to follow. the program covered a wide variety of topics effectively."
"Content was relative, presentation was very good. Doug kept all of us involved and interested"
"Amazing!!! I have been in multiple leadership trainings and this was by far the BEST, thank you!"
"User friendly simple method that will create high value of return"
“Doug is a wonderful person who is genuinely interested in developing leaders at all levels. His positivity and enthusiasm in the material is contagious and makes an 8am (sharp) start engaging. As an aside his flexibility and understanding made completing the class possible for me- I will forever be grateful for that. I highly recommend the Leadership Simplified programming for any lifetime learner looking to sharpen, grow, or develop practical leadership skills.”
"Energetic, great approach, easy to understand and a good variety of information. Activities were fun, but also meaningful."
"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."
"Great ideas and format. Doug's ideas, material, and suggestions were motivating and eye opening."
"Very informative, helpful, interesting and fun. Loved the interactive activities!"
"Interesting, effective, makes you think, makes you aware of the strengths you have already, but haven't utilized or realized."
"Leadership Simplified will be the start for our team to communicate, have fun and be more productive."
"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."
“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.”
"Today there were new ideas shared and our team became closer as a result. Great team building concepts and techniques."
"Very informative."
“Well presented program, up-beat and fast-paced. Doug keeps the audience involved. I like how he uses real life examples. Great way to learn.”
"Love it. The best part is how simple the tools are. The Working Agreement should be valuable."
"Great content; very well-presented."
"Fantastic! Awesome! Interesting! Informative! Engaging!"
"I learned so much from Doug, especially the key points for a successful team: Communication, Planning & Team Work."
"What fresh, new ideas about leadership. It was terrific. Different style, great instructor!"
“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!”
"Well done- many new ideas I can take home and implement"
"Great, clear, concise, motivational!"
"Great content. Doug was terrific at adapting message to the audience."
"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."
"Very informative and inspirational. I bought one of your dvd's and can't wait to go home and refresh all I learned."
“New perspective on communication, specifically paraphrasing and reversing. Very good energy.”
"Doug has an innovative and interesting presentation style. I liked how the action items blended into discussion items. Fantastic program."
“Excellent program! Informative discussion that can be brought back to my workplace. Great examples and references to help relate and paint a picture.”
"Very detailed, ability to adapt to questions or situations, on the spot feedback on use of skills, reinforcement and critique."
"Very positive attitude, energetic, clear in content and presentation, good at redirecting when getting off task."
"I like that communication channels have been opened."
"Engaging and relevant. Easy to understand and implement."
"Excellent program. Doug is a very effective and entertaining speaker."
"Very informative and motivational"
"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."
"Material and topics are interesting and relevant to my job. Good pace."
"Excellent presentation, delivered exceptionally."
"Pitched up some interesting tidbits."
“Great, strong, fundamental skills review and a powerful set of new tools to use in the future.”
"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."
"Well done; easy to understand tool"
"This program was easy to understand. It was a great experience for me and helped me to re-think how to do my job better."
"Very informative and exactly as advertised, very interactive, big plus!"
“Absolutely inspiring! After 20 years in business and many, many training events, the programs you have customized for us over the past few years have been the most productive I have ever experienced.”
"Fantastic program! One of the best day seminars I have had. Recommending you for training at my company. Extremely insightful and engaging."
"Great program. There were so many great tools to use in real time. You were great! Thank you for sharing this valuable information."
"This session achieved the deliverables required. It was very good for the group."
"Clear, concise, communicative. Loved sense of humor!"
"I thought it was great and I plan to utilize the concepts immediately."
"Very informative. Well presented ideas on fostering a better company through communication and leadership."
"Great program, especially for professionals. Lots of new information to take back to the office."
"This was a great start toward getting to know who we really are..."
“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. “
"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!"
"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, First of all, let me share that I have very high expectations with presenters and probably, to a fault, find fault. Having said that, you are really a practiced professional. Here is what I saw in your presentation in no particular order: You have broad and deep knowledge. You are very confident and comfortable leading a group, holding attention and telling great stories. You have all the secrets in getting participation and keeping the meeting moving. You have great energy and strong credibility. As honest as I can be without being prejudice, you are really awesome. On the drive to the airport, key members of my team were raving about your presentation. Thanks for making me look good, as well as imparting wisdom to my team."  
"Enjoyed interaction with other employees on activities. Fun and informative!"
"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."
"Excellent!"
"This was packed full of information that I will utilize. Doug kept it engaging and fun. I also enjoyed hearing what others in our class are faced with, and learning from them as well."
 "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." 
“Lots of energy, easy to understand and extremely informative!”
"This is an excellent program - informative, enjoyable, great group of professionals, dynamic, and an excellent opportunity to proactively enforce the skills learned."
"The best sales/motivational class I've taken in 30 years of sales and marketing."
"Needed, thorough, effective"
"This program really hit the target today in meeting the needs of the organization. Great boot camp!"
"The Leadership Development Program provided valuable insights, skills and habits that will continue to raise my bar."
"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!" 
"Great program. It is already making a difference with our team."
“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!”
"Very good program, opened up communication between employees"
"Very well done - perfect timing for me"
"I thought the program was excellent!"
"Great, useful information that was easy to understand, in a very casual environment!"
"Great team building program. I liked the active team interaction mixed in with the 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 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!”
"Very informative with great interaction. Allowed co-workers who normally would not know each other to interact."
"Doug is a fantastic coach and works well with people at all levels of an organization. We have used his service for individual coaching, team building and business operation ideas. He is enthusiastic and truly cares that his help is appropriate for the situation. I have used other coaches and Doug is clearly the best of the lot. As a past TEC member I know I receive greater value from Doug while expending less time."
"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. I learned new tools and techniques that will help me grow as a leader and as a professional."
"Good balance of action applied to work and creativity- breaking out of the routine approach- very good teambuilding session!"
"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."
"The Leadership Development Program was very beneficial and supplied me with knowledge and tools that I can apply in my everyday work. I met many interesting managers and directors during the 10 week course and they all felt the program helped them increase their leadership skills, gain confidence in their own abilities, and become more organized and effective. I recommend this program to both new leaders and experienced leaders as it provides great feedback about their own management practices. This training could also be very useful for non-managers as well, so they can get insight on the management role and understand why managers do what they do. Understanding each other is the first step to better team work."
"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."
"The energy of the presenter and engagement of participants was outstanding. The program was well paced and balanced."
"The program was very educational for me and I have already seen some results. Thank you Doug!"
"The program was excellent. I will use this knowledge in my everyday communication."

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