“We don’t need to be diagnosed, we don’t need any of that stuff, we just want somebody to listen” – Doug Lawrence
Please welcome my guest Doug Lawrence. He is the founder of TalentC® and Co-founder of the International Mentor Community. Doug leads organizations to experience the benefits how mentoring will encourage workforce culture to flow in harmony (mentors), improve productivity from employees (mentees), reducing costly employee onboarding improving the bottom line (organizations).
Doug served in the Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP) for 25 years retiring in February of 1999 at the rank of Staff Sargent. As a result of his service, Doug had Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD). He is a volunteer mentor with the Sir Richard Branson Entrepreneur Program in the Caribbean and with the American Corporate Partners in the United States working with military personnel in their transition from military life to civilian life. Doug has worked with researchers to examine the role of mentoring as a support for those struggling with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD). His experience in law enforcement coupled with working with people suffering from PTSD has afforded him a unique view of mentoring and PTSD.
Doug is an international speaker and author about all facets of Mentoring. He published “The Gift of Mentoring” in 2014 with his second book “You Are Not Alone” published January 17th, 2022 and reaching Amazon #1 Best Seller.
We had a very interesting conversation, since mentoring has a lot of similarities to coaching, and as Doug mentioned, a lot of people are biased when PTSD is mentioned. When you truly want to help people, keeping an open mind is key and that can be a real challenge. Listen to this wonderful episode and become inspired!
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