Recovering Leadership


Who is benefiting from your leadership—you, or the people you serve?

Are you obsessed about and feel the need to control every situation?

Do you feel a constant need to achieve or win?

These are signs of an “addict leader,” which often involves using power, success, and control as a type of “drug,” much the way substance addicts use their drugs. While not as immediately destructive as drug or alcohol abuse, addict leaders exhibit addictive and controlling behaviors that ultimately damage themselves and the people around them. As with all addictions, addict leadership left unchecked will lead to death—including death of relationships and culture.

Recovering Leadership is the story of an addict leader who reached a dead end and had to find a new way to live and work. In his recovery, and in the recovery of the organization he leads, Thomas Hill learned where his real value comes from and how to properly value and care for others.

Thomas’s story is personal, but it is also corporate. Just as people have unmanageable belief systems and lives, organizations often have toxic cultures that suck the life out of their team members. Recovering Leadership offers practical insight into creating a positive workplace culture where people find meaning and connection in their work and relationships. As a recovering leader, Thomas is committed to this new culture—a new life if you will—that is energizing, healthy, and purposeful.

In recovery, people share their stories to help others in their recovery and to remind themselves of the way things were, what happened, and the way things are now. Through the true and inspiring message of Recovering Leadership, readers are invited to evaluate their own beliefs and behaviors so they can open a door of recovery for themselves and the people they lead. 

The Boy Who Dreamed Big


The Boy Who Dreamed Big is the story of how a foster child was inspired by his elementary school teacher to use his imagination to overcome his obstacles. Encouraged by his teacher and others, he learned that if he worked hard and believed in himself, his dreams would come true, and he could be whatever he wanted.

Beautifully illustrated by Janelda Lane

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.

All copies of Sleeping Giants purchased through Monocle Press will be signed by the author.

The Boy Who Went to the Library


The second book in "The Boy Who" series, The Boy Who Went to the Library is the story of the author, little Alton, finding amazing inspiration at the local library. Encouraged by his teacher, he travels to the local library to discover new worlds only found in one's imagination through reading books. Beautifully illustrated, this book helps children to see the value of reading and visiting the library.

Beautifully illustrated by Janelda Lane

The Boy Who Carried Bricks


Abandoned by his father, neglected by his mother, shuttled between foster homes and a boys ranch for most of his formative years, a young man refuses to succumb to the fate that the world says should be his. Early on, Alton decides he wants a "normal life"--even if that means standing up to abusive relatives and being teased by his siblings and cousins. Along the way, he keeps an eye out for those who might help lighten the load, never losing hope that such people exist. Published by The RoadRunner Press

Aging Out


While still a little boy, Alton Carter walked away from his violent, drug- and alcohol-riddled childhood home believing the worst life had to offer was behind him. He was sorely mistaken. After surviving a troubled foster care system and becoming the first in his family to graduate from high school -- with a college scholarship in hand no less, he found himself at age eighteen, as so many young people do on the cusp of life: scared, lonely, and all on his own. This is the story of how he aged out of the foster care system only to have his college dreams shattered, and how he found the courage to face his past and dare to take the steps to the life and family he always dreamed he would one day have.