Leading Out of Drama® (LOD)

Too many of us are plagued by unproductive meetings, gossip, passive-aggressive behavior, low engagement and a resistance to change. While these problems can feel insurmountable, the solution is surprisingly simple: Compassionate Accountability®. For those looking for conflict management training, we offer an alternative program through Leading Out of Drama, where you’ll learn how to take a compassionate approach to conflict and enjoy improved morale, better relationships and more productivity as a result.

Has Conflict Management Training Left You Stranded in Drama?

Leading Out of Drama

Built on the principles of Compassionate Accountability, LOD helps you transform the energy of conflict into meaningful contribution – every day and in every interaction. Based on the premise that conflict is an opportunity to create something better, you’ll learn how to utilize conflict productively and experience the immeasurable benefits of effective communication with this leadership training program. Led by a trained LOD provider, participants are led through a series of courses and guidebooks, including:

CONFLICT AND YOU: THE BASICS OF COMPASSIONATE ACCOUNTABILITY – Discover basic strategies for transforming the energy of conflict into meaningful interaction.

LEADER’S APPLICATION PACK – Through our four guided handbooks, you can learn how to apply the principles of Compassionate Accountability when you encounter situations with a high potential for drama.

LOD CORE CONCEPTS – Learn and practice the fundamentals of Compassionate Accountability, recognize drama, understand cultures of gossip and sabotage, and learn how to healthily handle conflict.

LOD ADVANCED CONFLICT SKILLS: DIAGNOSTICS – Explore the nuances of drama and compassion, as well as how to detect, decode and respond to drama, whether you encounter it verbally or nonverbally, orally or in writing.

LOD ADVANCED CONFLICT SKILLS: INTRA-PERSONAL – Master Compassionate Accountability from within, learn how to be your best self when engaging in conflict, enhance your personal development plan and more.

LOD ADVANCED CONFLICT SKILLS: INTER-PERSONAL – Learn how to practice Compassionate Accountability with others by practicing our proven strategies for engaging in positive conflict.

As a certified LOD provider, you’ll play an important role in spreading the message of Compassionate Accountability, while also growing your business and helping your clients see conflict through a refreshing, hopeful lens.

An LOD certification costs $5,000, and is obtained through six three-hour virtual sessions, with additional coursework required to teach the Advanced LOD curriculum. Once you receive your certification, you’ll have access to a host of benefits, including comprehensive coaching support, a generous referral program, marketing support, and the opportunity to join the global Next Element LOD network. Your certification also comes with unlimited access to My NE, our secure, cloud-based portal that puts the ability to manage your Next Element programs at your fingertips. You’ll have access to our outcomes assessment tools, NEOS® and Program Impact, as well, which will allow you to accurately determine how effective your training has been with your clients.

Made up of Next Element’s trailblazing communication tools, the LOD provider curriculum includes:

CONFLICT AND YOU: THE BASICS OF COMPASSIONATE ACCOUNTABILITY – Discover basic strategies for transforming the energy of conflict into meaningful interaction.

LEADER’S APPLICATION PACK– Through our four guided handbooks, you can learn how to apply the principles of Compassionate Accountability when you encounter situations with a high potential for drama.

EXPANDED PROFILES FOR COACHING & MENTORING – By taking our Drama Resilience Assessment, you’ll discover your own indicators for drama and drama-based helping patterns, and learn how you can use those insights to coach others away from drama and toward compassion.

LOD CORE CONCEPTS – Learn and practice the fundamentals of Compassionate Accountability, recognize drama, understand cultures of gossip and sabotage, and learn how to healthily handle conflict.

ADVANCED CURRICULUM FOR LOW (OPTIONAL) – Providers wanting to teach in-depth Compassionate Accountability skills can further their education by completing coursework for an advanced LOD certification.

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While the fundamentals of LOD never change, the system can be tailored to address your unique needs and challenges. Through a variety of assessments and scalable curriculum, we can design a customized LOD program to help you, your leadership team or your entire organization learn to healthily embrace conflict. If you’d like to discuss a custom LOD program, please reach out to us or fill out the form at the bottom of the page.

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Next Element goes above and beyond in their commitment to making me a successful member of the team. Whether it be in the form of helping me with marketing or strategies on how to approach a client. I leave my meetings with Next Element feeling prepared to be open with clients to hear what they want/say, so that I can commit to advising them to reach their goals.

Jason Leal

LOD Provider

People tend to slip into drama easily without intention, and sometimes even with intention. And here in China we are no different than the rest of the world. With Next Element's Leading Out of Drama program people are alerted and helped with necessary skills to handle conflicts. More importantly, LOD turns conflicts into opportunities to create positive results.

Jeremy Zhuli

Owner, First Priority Consulting, Shanghai, China

Often asked to lead, embrace challenges, and improve performance of individuals and teams, I encounter interpersonal drama. Thank goodness I have found Next Element’s Leading Out of Drama®. LOD allows me to embrace conflict and create something synergistic. I have used LOD to navigate some steep, professional inclines. It is a nuclear option for keeping things on track, environmentally elegant in preserving dignity.

Ryan Donlan, PhD

Leader, Author, and Organizational Performance Specialist Professor, Indiana State University

Fascinating, valuable, inspiring and ready to use. All in one training. As coach, mediator and trainer I thought I knew already a lot regarding communication and conflicts. LOD with Nate Regier opened a new door with immediate success the next day when I used it during an evaluation at a business meeting.

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