Doug is best known as being the ‘Mentor’s Mentor’ as he’s been heavily involved in providing leadership and mentoring for much of his career. His company TalentC – People Services Inc. offers succession development, and accredited mentoring solutions which includes mentor programs, as well as training and certification helping organizations to create a mentoring culture and an engaged, empowered and accountable workforce.
Recently, Doug had a chat with us to share his mentoring journey at the Branson Centre.
Q: Tell us about yourself. How did you start your entrepreneurial journey?
A: I am a retired member of the Royal Canadian Mounted Police. I have over 30 years of leadership and mentoring experience. I am the author of the book “The Gift of Mentoring”. I embarked on my entrepreneur journey in 2009. I formed a company that is purely focused on mentoring. We have developed a curriculum to train people on how to be an effective mentor. Upon successful completion of the program you can become a certified competent mentor. I also mentor a number of people at various levels and stages of their career. I am a full time mentor logging over 250 hours a year.
Q: What is your most memorable moment as a mentor with Branson?
A: My most memorable moment as a Branson mentor is being able to work with the two young men that I am working with now. Watching them and their business grow is so rewarding.
Q: What is your biggest take away that you’ve had as a mentor?
A: My biggest take away as a mentor is that I learn something new each time I engage with my mentee(s) whether it be on a personal or professional basis. I have been able to add to my mentoring toolkit because of what I learn from those I spend time with.
Q: What advice would you give other mentors to maximize their experience?
A: The best advice that I can give is to be open and flexible as you too can learn and grow each and every time you spend time with someone in a mentoring relationship. Mentoring is a life changing experience.
I am a firm believer that mentoring is such a powerful tool and most people don’t understand that. The business value that people and organizations can realise is only what you make of it. The Branson program is making a difference as it creates opportunities for entrepreneurs to grow personally and professionally. I wish I would have had something like it when I launched my journey.