Sleeping Giants: Authentic Stories and Insights for Building a Life That Matters
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 101 st 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.
Dr. Nathan Mellor
Considered one of America’s emerging communicators, Dr. Nathan Mellor is the CEO of C3 Brands and President of Strata Leadership. A captivating storyteller, he is recognized for his ability to connect deeply with a wide range of audiences. His presentations are entertaining and motivating with a blend of humor, relevant academic insights and personal stories. A proven and highly requested presenter, Dr. Mellor speaks throughout the United States and abroad and has an uncanny ability to inspire, clarify and motivate
Since co-founding Strata Leadership in late 2009, the company has grown from a single employee in a windowless office to a multi-million dollar family of companies that includes: Mosaic Personnel, Qubit Creative and Strata Leadership. As President of Strata Leadership, Dr. Mellor has helped launch numerous brands including: The Academy of Sports and Character, The Institute for Emerging Leaders, Monocle Press, Strata Leadership Center for Public Safety, and the Strata Leadership Executive Forum. Along with Character Core and Character First Education brands, estimated audiences of over 500,000 people use Strata products and services each month.
Dr. Mellor has been a student favorite at the undergraduate and graduate levels for over twenty years. His most popular courses included leadership, communication, ethics and the psychology of conflict. 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.
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. He 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, earned his letter playing intercollegiate football, played trumpet in the Pep Band and sang in the choir. He lives in Edmond, Oklahoma with his wife and two daughters.
A core concept that helped guide and shape the creations of Walt Disney was his belief that “Everything Speaks.” Using this mindset as a source of inspiration, Dr. Mellor explores how the contributions of every person in an organization matter. He also explores how our words and actions speak volumes. Drawing upon real life examples and relevant data, it is the perfect presentation for energizing teams and building morale. (Communication, Ethics, Leadership, Motivation/Inspiration)
Stepping Down to Greatness
The success of a leader is dictated by the success of those they are leading. A leader cannot be successful if the people they are leading are not successful. Through this program, Dr. Mellor provides inspiring stories and research that engages the heart and mind. (Ethics, Leadership, Motivation/Inspiration)
Built to Win
The difference between a winning season and a winning program is consistency. In this positive, insightful and inspiring program, Dr. Mellor provides a practical roadmap for leaders seeking to take their organizations to the next level. (Ethics, Leadership, Motivation/Inspiration)
We live in a world of distractions. Through this program, Dr. Mellor explores how breakthroughs in the world of neuroscience are providing meaningful insights into how to train the brain for focus. The program is a breakthrough event that is extremely engaging and practical. Applicable to all, the content can be applied instantly and is a crowd favorite. (Leadership, Motivation/Inspiration)
Innovate to Accelerate
Do you feel like your organization is headed in the right direction, but needs to change its pace? Through this session, Dr. Nathan Mellor walks leaders through how to increase productivity by enhancing your organization's ability to accelerate the learning process. If you are looking for inspiration and practical insights gained by working behind the scenes with innovative leaders and companies, this program can help you reach your goals. (Leadership, Motivation/Inspiration)