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Doug Lawrence is the founder of TalentC® a Human Resources solution provider focused on effective mentoring. Doug is an International Certified Mentor Practitioner (ICMP) and an International Certified Mentor Facilitator (ICMF). He has over 30 years of mentoring and leadership experience in federal, provincial and private sector environments and is recognized as a thought leader in the mentoring space. Doug authored the book entitled, “The Gift of Mentoring”. Doug was instrumental in developing a curriculum to train people on how to become effective mentors. He has also created the International Certification for Mentors in partnership with Acquiros.
A paradigm shift in mentoring
There is a paradigm shift in mentoring. Traditional mentoring was something like “this is what you need to do because this what I’ve done for years.” Today mentoring is a two-way trusted relationship, an exchange between a mentor and a mentee. People want to be mentored, not managed.
Mentoring certification has been for a while, however every company offered self-credited training. Doug took the next step and partnered with Acquiros to develop an accredited mentoring program, backed by ISO standards.
Today, people from a broad range of industries take mentoring training: independent consultants, people from the training industry, startups, customer service, etc.
Examples of mentors who influenced Doug
- Oprah Winfrey’s mentor: Maya Angelou
- Mother Teresa’s mentor: Father Michael van der Peet
- Doug’s mentor: Jack Canfield
Mentoring in jobs that didn’t exist few years ago
Doug believes that having industry-specific experience is a Nice to Have, but it’s not a Need to Have. Effective mentoring helps professionals to develop transferable skills. A mentor who possesses solid training in mentoring will be able to mentor people even in jobs that are completely new.
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Routine to Shine
Meditate every morning.
Doug’s book “The Gift of Mentoring”
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