International Mentoring Community

International Mentoring Community 

In 2018, Dr. Stephen (or Stephen) connected with the now co-founder of the International Mentoring Community (IMC) Doug Lawrence to create a community of significance to award

  • Certificate of Practice - Mentor
  • Certificate of Concepts - Mentoring
  • Certiticate of Practice - Journey Mentor

In addition, they

  • manage IMC Mentoring Library dedicated to All Things Mentoring
  • deliver Courses and Workshops
  • speak from the stage
  • report on mentoring research and results
  • support the community conversing about mentoring


Enter your text here...Introducing the Co-Founders of International Mentoring Community

Doug Lawrence
Manage-Lead the Practice and Outreach Platform

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 has worked with organizations to establish mentoring programs/mentoring movements and provides one on one professional mentoring with people at all levels in an organization on an international basis.

Dr. Stephen Hobbs 
Manage_Lead the Education and Certification Platform

Born an educator, and always & in all ways an educator, Dr. Stephen contributes/has contributed his insights as a university instructor/assistant professor, faculty member at a leadership centre, online and in-person workshop instructive-coach, and retreat and mastermind facilitative-mentor.
His shares his interests in evidence-based learning, competence verification, experience-based educating, AI cognitive articulation, managing & leading, and VR/AR with one of the premier international mentor schools - International Mentoring Community.

Mentoring with Doug Lawrence has been inspiring. He has such a natural ability to forge a trusting relationship that I feel extremely comfortable with him. He's helped me believe in myself; both
as an aspiring HR professional and a future leader. I have gained so much confidence talking
with Doug. He pushes me to think deeper and smarter and I feel more confident starting my HR
career because of him. He inspires others to lead, creating future talent in a time leadership
talent is lacking globally. He puts so much time and effort into his program and his mentees
that his passion shines and you can't help but take notice of his work. I enjoy learning from his
years of experience. Doug taught me the importance of "us" and "we “language and it has
become a habit to speak like that in my day to day life. It has helped me build relationships both
personal and professional.

I've become so much more aware of how important mentoring is and he has given me the tools
to practice mentoring in my own life. I also like that our sessions together are a two way street;
we both learn from each other, it has been rewarding. A mentoring experience with Doug will
make you think, will teach you how to be more self-reliant and confident as well as teaching
you how to build strong, trusting relationships with others. It’s valuable for all aspects of your

Jenine Boser, BBA

From There to Here 

The story of mentoring is timeless - it's been a way of educating since humans walked the earth.

Mentoring involves a person (the mentor) sharing insights from lived experience based on the questions asked by another (the mentee, learner, protege).

This perspective of mentoring is a starting point for understanding and appreciating all things mentoring. As with most human endeavours, there are variations you experience once you begin to mentor. 

A common story of the term Mentor is linked to a Greek story of Homer's son receiving support from Mentor, the son's primary educator while Homer was on his Odyssey. 

However, if you think about it ... even before the Greek story - a person was helping another person to learn from their lived experience like the do and don'ts of hunting, fishing, gardening, making clothes etc. While instruction was often the first edcuating approach used in learning these activities, it was mentoring (with the mentee asking questions of the mentor's lived experience) that deepen and enriched the mentee's filling the knowing-doing gaps. 

And so, the name/term "mentor" has been passed along over time to it's present day form. However, there are additional educating approaches like instructing that are linked to mentoring that are clouding the story. There are 10 educating approaches helpful to your knowing and practicing. The decision becomes which educating approaches you add to your circle of competence and which educating approaches you ask for help from others because of their circle of competence. 

To mentor is different than to coach ... while complementary, their practice and outcome, position the mentor and mentee in a different place than coach and coachee. You will learn more as you involve yourself with the International Mentoring Community

While Mentoring - serving as a Mentor - it's important to appreciate the mentee's primary path to learning. Is it via maps and diagrams, action and reflection, knowledge and concepts, or encouragement and appreciation. Because when you know the primary path, you can guide the mentee forward. Then, you can welcome the other action paths. All four are present!

Do the same for yourself  ... and appreciate how your pathway to learning may be different or the same - what happens for you as a mentor? Do you educate from your pathway or the mentee's pathway or a combination because you make both pathways known to each other?

Mentoring is a thoughtful and tactful educating approach that has wide application - from within the workplace to nurturing parent-children relationships at home. When used correctly, the Mentor and Mentee (learner) mutually benefit from the time together. 

Benefits for applying and receiving a Certificate from the International Mentoring Community (IMC) 

  1. Exceed the mentees' (the learners) requirements of the mentors they select to sustain the mentoring arrangement and connection 
  2. Convey authority as a mentor in the mentoring arrangement based on audit-based knowledge or verified knowledge-skill competence to support an action_outcome based mentoring arrangement  
  3. Utilize the inspired standards and wise practices of mentoring developed and used by IMC mentors through the continuous learning process inherent to certification and recertification 
  4. Strengthen personal leadership and confidence to assist the mentee to evolve critical thinking skills while both grow personally and professionally 
  • MAKE a Map/Plan - gain certainty of direction, identify risk factors
  • Take Action appropriate for all internal/ external stakeholders
  • Transfer Knowledge - the Know-Why and Know-How
  • Encourage and extend collaborative conversations 

Experience the benefits of engagement and retention, continuous learning, knowledge sharing, systems improvement, raise happiness and wellness measures, ethical decision-making including hospitality-based interactions through the Movement of Mentoring

The IMC Learning and Educating Platform guides you to: 

  1. access the appropriate tools and techniques you require to be successful in all aspects of the mentoring arrangement - with self and with the mentee
  2. deliver a mentoring experience consistent with the mentee's requirements and requests - in the words of the mentee, on your terms
  3. manage your continuous learning about the existing and new knowledge/skills necessary to serve as a mentor - based on the latest updates from neuroscience, adult education, human performance improvement, industrial psychology, workplace culture, and more
  4. challenge your conscious competence and caring contributions as a mentor (and/or mentee) - from the life mix of workplace accountability, personal wellness, recreation-play, and philanthropic volunteerism
  5. gain modern mentoring insights useful to manage and lead the mentoring arrangement - especially for ethical decision-making, collaborative conversations, and encouraging the mentee's movement forward    

The Mentoring Community Library 

The Library offers videos, reports, handouts, podcast recordings for each of the action_outcome statements that make up the Certificate of Practice - Mentor. The Library covers all concepts and practices.

Historical records are available for comparison. We place the latest resources at the top of the page. 

Also, we add the vetted resources of mentor practitioners and mentoring educators, whether from the workplace and/or from academia. If you have a mentoring resource, you would like to add, use the Website Contact Page to send us a note and we'' connect!

The Library comprises 7 Modules that correspond with the 7 modules of the Certificate.
When you pay to access the Library, you complete the paperwork as though you're paying for/accessing a course.

This Library-course format offers you two ways to ask IMC questions:
1)  via the "public" comments section of the page - so we can dialogue online if it helps
2) click the link to the website Contact Page to ask a "private" question - we respond via your email!

Mentoring NOW

Mentor Within, Mentoring Without

Establish the baseline understating of Mentoring, Mentor, Mentorship for your everyday use as you share the legacy you intend to leave. 

Mentoring NOW

Mentor Within, Mentoring Without

Establish the baseline understating of Mentoring, Mentor, Mentorship for your everyday use as you share the legacy you intend to leave. 


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