THE C3 CONCEPT (CHARACTER + COMPETENCE = CONSISTENCY)
At the core of the programs offered by Strata Leadership, LLC is the C3 approach to leadership development. The C3 tool was developed by Dr. Mellor in 2011. The C3 system provides a balanced approach to team building and training that focuses on three areas of organizational life: 1) Character 2) Competence and 3) Consistency. Dr. Mellor recognized that many leadership efforts focused too much on increasing the competence of an individual or an organization without considering the role of character development. Consequently, he felt that many organizations struggled to consistently perform at the highest levels because of an imbalance between the development of their character in comparison to their investment in competence based training. As a result, he developed the C3 approach that creates a framework through which curriculum can be developed that addresses both character and competence. In the Strata Leadership, LLC training materials, participants explore the role of character in their success, the importance of having the necessary skill set (competence) and the necessity of consistency to build long-term relationships.
You can learn more about the C3 Concept by watching Dr. Mellor introduce it in a recent training program. You can see it here.
A popular speaker and proven leader who uses humor and storytelling to reinforce key leadership concepts, Dr. Mellor speaks an average of 150 times per year throughout America and abroad. Mellor is the president of Strata Leadership, LLC and Character First.
Dr. Mellor holds the Bachelor of Arts (BA) and the Master of Science in Education (MSE) degrees from Harding University. He earned the Master of Dispute Resolution (MDR) degree from the Pepperdine University School of Law - Straus Institute for Dispute Resolution and the Doctor of Education (EDD) in Organizational Leadership degree from Pepperdine University. He has completed continuing education courses through the Harvard School of Law Program on Negotiation and was named a Summer Fellow at Vanderbilt University's Peabody Professional Institute for Higher Education Management in 2008
Dr. Mellor has provided services or spoken for companies and organizations such as: Alaska Legislative Audit Division, American Airlines, Bob Moore Auto Group, Boulder County Sheriff's Office, California State University System, CoorsTek, Devon Energy, Edward Jones, Jasco Inc., Kimray, Inc., Lexis-Nexus, Locke Supply, Nationwide Insurance, Oklahoma City Police Department, Oklahoma Department of Human Services, Oklahoma Realtors Association, ResCare, Sandridge Energy, TEDxOU, Texas Department of Agriculture, Texas Juvenile Justice Association, U.S. Department of Energy, U.S. Food and Drug Administration, Virginia Department of Social Services, and many others. Programs co-led by Dr. Mellor (Peace through Business Rwanda and the Four Star Debate - Developing Leaders with General Tommy Franks) have been showcased on CNN Inside Africa, FOX News and FOX Radio. He has taught for Oklahoma Christian University, Pepperdine University School of Law (Straus Institute for Dispute Resolution) and Baker College.
Joel Parker has developed a passion for helping people explore new ideas as well as their life and business experiences to discover and fulfill their potential for success. Drawing on his experience as an entrepreneur as well as in management at a regional and a Fortune 500 company he has developed several programs for implementing success strategies for individuals and organizations. He takes great joy in serving others through personalized analysis, strategic planning, training and coaching.
Most recently Mr. Parker has been the President of Parkco Management which helps lead and manage individuals and organizations in developing their business. This work has been a culmination of learning experiences throughout his career in business ownership, corporate management, purchasing, analytics, sales and product design. He has experienced great success over the last several years and joins Strata Leadership to continue helping others grow in their success on a broader and larger scale.
Mr. Parker has broadened his experiences by taking opportunities to travel on mission, leisure, cultural and business trips throughout the world.
Bryan Clifton is passionate about helping people discover ideas and possibilities they never knew existed, then translate them into action. He helps leaders across the world utilize their personal interests to create productive results for themselves and their organizations. His primary area of responsibility at Strata is directing the Stratagy Circle program.
Mr. Clifton is a serial entrepreneur who has helped lead multiple organizations through international expansion, rebranding, and strategic positioning for future growth opportunities. Before joining Strata, he was President of Give a Goat, an international non-profit that seeks to break the cycle of poverty through the gift of a free pregnant goat and sustainable agricultural practices.
Mr. Clifton holds a Bachelors of Business Administration (BBA) in Accounting and a Bachelors of Business Administration (BBA) in Finance from Harding University.
Mr. Clifton writes on leadership topics that are read by thousands of people each month at bryanclifton.com. To date, he has traveled to over 47 countries for mission trips, pleasure, and business opportunities.
Lyn Watson holds the Bachelor of Arts in Journalism/Public Relations from the University of Oklahoma and is a certified trainer with Integrity Systems. She is an active community volunteer, currently serving on the Oklahoma City Public Schools Board.
As a wife, mother, and former business owner, Lyn understands the personal and professional demands many individuals face. Her creativity, enthusiasm, and communication skills help her connect to a wide range of audiences—from corporate leaders to front-line employees. (Download Lyn's Bio)
Marq Youngblood served as Chief Operating Officer for the Oklahoma Department of Human Services between 2007 and May 2012, leading 4,400 employees and overseeing $1.6 billion of the agency's $2.2 billion budget. His operational oversight included activities at the central office and 92 local offices in 77 counties.
Marq earned a Master’s in Human Relations degree from the University of Oklahoma, a Bachelor’s in Family Studies and Gerontology degree from Southern Nazarene University, and an Associate’s degree in Business Technology from Rose State College. He trains on a wide range of topics to help professionals reach their full potential. (Download Marq's Bio)
After retiring from the insurance industry in 2002, Bob Powell became a certified Character First trainer and served nearly a decade as Founder and Executive Director of Character Fort Collins, a non-profit agency which leads the “community of character” emphasis in that city. With his extensive experience, Bob provides clear, practical instruction for leaders in business, law enforcement, and non-profit organizations. (Download Bob’s Bio)
Robert Greenlaw brings 16 years experience to Strata Leadership through his work with Character First. In 1996, he joined the Character First team to develop the Character First education program, and he now manages all Character First publications and training for the workplace, community, and schools. Robert has trained more than 30,000 educators in 18 countries how to use Character First, after personally teaching the curriculum to more than 70,000 children. (Download Robert's Bio)
Strata Leadership, LLC was founded in the spring of 2009 by Nathan Mellor and Frank Smith. At the time, Nathan was a professor and administrator at Oklahoma Christian University and Frank, the President of the Ark Group, Inc., was looking to launch a new company that would assist leaders seeking to improve the effectiveness of their organizations. The first employee of Strata was Mr. Wayne Whitesell who served as the Executive Vice President of Strata until departing in 2012 to oversee the multi-site management of Cartridge World Stores. Strata moved its offices to the Heritage Plaza located in Edmond, Oklahoma in January of 2010 and then to Downtown Oklahoma City in June of 2012.
In December of 2009, Strata was contracted by the Board of Directors of Character First to provide the daily management of this life-changing organization. Founded in 1992 by Tom Hill, Character First (CF) provides character recognition and training services for over 400,000 employees, student and families throughout the United States and over 28 countries throughout the world. Character First is a popular tool for leaders and managers seeking to provide their organizations a cost-effective, positive and user friendly approach to cultivating a culture of character. You can watch a video thatÂ describes CF in this video. The story of Character First can be read in Tom Hill's book, "Making Character First" which can be ordered here. You can also read articles from Character First the Magazine each month here.
The decision to partner with CF was a historic moment for Strata. When we began working with CF, our priority shifted from growing Strata to the management of CF. Strata purchased CF from the Character Training Institute in August of 2012.
One of our goals at Strata is to provide transformational opportunities for leaders. This is consistent with our mission to transform how business is conducted by providing a character and competence based model for leaders to consider. In our conversations with leaders, we found they lacked an opportunity to interact with other executives to learn from one another in a supportive environment. Consequently, Stratagy Circle was launched in 2012 to provide executives and key leaders behind the scenes access to the world's leading companies and organizations. The program is an invitation only experience that is limited to 100 participants each session. To lead this effort, Strata added two key leaders to the Strata executive team. The first is Bryan Clifton, Vice-President of Leadership Development. Bryan is the Managing Director of Stratagy Circle and provides the day-to-day oversight of this innovative program. The second is Joel Parker, Vice-President of Executive Coaching. Joel is an experienced executive coach who provides coaching to key leaders as well as providing administrative oversight of Strata's coaches. You can learn more about Stratagy Circle by watching this video.
Materials developed by Strata have been used by companies and organizations such as: Alaska Division of Legislative Audit, American Airlines, Bob Moore Auto Group, Boulder County Sheriff's Department, City of El Paso Environmental Services, City of Owasso, CoorsTek, Corpus Christi Independant School District, Devon Energy, Duncan Bros. Salon, Edward Jones, Governair, Harding University, Jasco, Inc., Job Corps of Guthrie, Job Corps of Tucson, Kansas Aviation, Kimray, Inc., Locke Supply, Lone Star Title, Miramont Lifestyle Fitness, Mississippi Department of Human Services, Monument Academy, National Christian School Association, Oklahoma City Police Department, Oklahoma Department of Human Services, Oklahoma State University, the University of El Paso Football Program, the United States Food and Drug Administration, SandRidge Energy, Texas Christian School Association, Virginia Department of Social Services, York College and many more.
Through Strata Leadership, LLC (Strata) we provide executive coaching, leadership assessments, training programs and cultural analyses for companies, non-profits, governmental agencies and schools. Among our most popular services is assisting in the creation of customized leadership universities within organizations. Strata's talented staff of coaches, consultants and trainers represent the highest standard in leadership development.
Stratagy Circle (SC) is an invitation only program designed for executives and key leaders. Through SC, leaders are given behind the scenes access to the world's leading companies and organizations. The unique format provides an immersive experience for leaders seeking to shape the cultures of their organizations. SC is limited to 100 participants per session. If you are interested in applying for an invitation, please visit the Stratagy Circle website.
Strata Coaching operates around the exclusive C3 Discovery Process. This method is utilized in a special coaching program that is enveloped in the Strata C3 Principle and powered by a system that focuses on excellence and practical plans to achieve it. Strata Coaching efficiently delivers enhanced performance by providing on-time, personalized guidance that improves focus, preparation, execution and communication.
Character First (CF) is the world's largest character based leadership development program. It is a proven system that is currently used in over 1,850 companies, non-profits and governmental agencies. In addition, we provide resources for approximately 3,000 schools thoughout America and abroad. Our materials are affordable, innovative and road tested. Currently, CF is used in all fifty states and in 28 countries. Interested in providing a positive character based approach for your team? Please visit the Character First website.