Nathan Mellor discussed his book, Sleeping Giants: Authentic Stories and Insights for Building a Life That Matters, at MOI Global’s Meet-the-Author Summer Forum 2019. Nathan is the president of Strata Leadership.

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About the book:

Your mental model is not rigid. At any point in life, you possess the ability to change your perspective. Have you found that success does not erase insecurity and self-doubt? Do you know what it feels like to long for a different life? Sleeping Giants provides practical insights into how ordinary people can choose to build lives that matter.

Written by one of America’s foremost storytellers and leadership guides, Dr. Nathan Mellor provides behind the scenes access to authentic stories about life. Each chapter connects vital concepts to true stories from his life, the lives of friends and family as well as public figures. Each page helps provide clarity about the factors, often hidden, that shape our understanding. The result is a thoughtful, inspiring and challenging book that provides a framework for life.

  • Gain insights into how the brain can be remapped by reviewing how the Secret Service responded to the attempted assassination of a United States President.
  • Learn how Mahalia Jackson inspired Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. to give the, “I Have a Dream” speech.
  • Consider how perspective is changed while hiking on the Appalachian Trail.
  • Understand why Ted Roosevelt, the son of Theodore Roosevelt, requested to be among the first wave of soldiers on D-Day.
  • Follow along with Nathan as he explores how his personal mental model was shaped and transformed in key moments.
  • Discover what General Dwight Eisenhower said to paratroopers from the 101st Airborne Division just hours before they were dropped behind enemy lines in Normandy.
  • Learn why Nathan’s granddad would always turn the songbooks the same direction when he cleaned the church building.

About the author:

A thought-leader, two-time TEDx speaker, author, and President of Strata Leadership, Dr. Nathan Mellor is recognized for his ability to connect at the heart level with a wide range of audiences. A proven executive coach, who has provided more than 2,500 coaching sessions for executive leaders, he believes offering the highest quality feedback requires caring deeply about others. He serves as a sounding board, sparring partner, and a source of encouragement for leaders seeking to maximize their effectiveness.

Since founding Strata Leadership with his business partner, Frank Smith, in early 2009, the company has grown from a single employee in a windowless office to a multi-million dollar family of companies. Each year, the team at Strata Leadership provides character and competence based talent development services for hundreds of clients (non-profits, for-profits, educational institutions, and governmental agencies) throughout the United States and abroad.

In pursuit of educational, humanitarian, and religious interests, he has studied or taught in: Australia, Belize, China, England, Guyana, Israel, Jordan, Mexico, Russia, and Rwanda. He is passionate about developing future leaders and is the co-founder of the Presidential Leadership Institute, hosted on the campus of York College, in collaboration with the Eisenhower Presidential Library and Museum. He is an adjunct professor for graduate programs at York College and Oklahoma Baptist University. He is the chairperson for the Strata Center for Workplace Coaching and the co-founder of the Institute for Emerging Leaders. He is also the chairperson of the Oklahoma Business Ethics Consortium, which regularly convenes nearly 150 organizations that are committed to the promotion of integrity based business practices.

Dr. Mellor earned the Doctor of Education in Organizational Leadership degree from Pepperdine University, where he was a Colleagues Grant recipient. He earned the Master of Dispute Resolution degree from the prestigious Straus Institute for Dispute Resolution at the Pepperdine University School of Law, where he was named a Straus Fellow. Dr. Mellor earned the Master of Science in Education degree from Harding University while serving as the Graduate Assistant to the University President. He earned the Bachelor of Arts from Harding University where he was elected Student Association President.

His book, “Sleeping Giants: Authentic Stories and Insights For Building A Life That Matters” provides behind the scenes access to stories from his life, the lives of friends and family, as well as public figures, giving clarity about the often hidden factors that shape our understanding of life. “Sleeping Giants” is available through Monocle Press, Amazon, and Audible. Nathan lives in Edmond, Oklahoma, with his wife and two daughters.