You can change your world, one conversation at a time. At Next Element, we show you how.
Next Element is a global leadership communication training firm founded in 2008 on the belief that compassion is the key to thriving workplace cultures.
We serve clients of all sizes, from individuals to multinational corporations, throughout the world. What they all have in common is a desire to build thriving compassionate work cultures.
Compassion is much more than just empathy, kindness and caring. Compassion is the practice of demonstrating that everyone is valuable, capable, and responsible in every interaction.
This definition implies accountability as well, which is why Compassionate Accountability® is the unifying framework for everything we do.
We exist to bring more compassion to every workplace in the world.
To create a world where Compassionate Accountability is the norm.
We believe that leadership is the ability to influence diverse gifts towards shared goals. Great leaders understand that individual differences require adaptive communication skills to successfully move your people toward your mission.
We believe that integrity means practicing what you preach. We strive to be living examples of the principles we teach others. Every day we use our communication and conflict tools within our own team to support our company culture of Compassionate Accountability.
We believe that communication is the fundamental activity of relationships. How we talk to each other matters. Trust is made or broken every time we interact. So our focus is helping our clients master the nuances of interpersonal communication.
We believe that conflict is an opportunity to create something new and better. Conflict is a natural and healthy consequence of diversity, so we help our clients negotiate conflict that creates instead of drama that destroys.
We believe that new behaviors are the measure of success. Although our methods are heavily informed by best practice theory and research, our goal is transfer of learning to new behaviors that contribute to better outcomes.
We pursue our mission and vision in three ways:
Co-founder, Owner, Chief Executive Officer
Dedicated to bringing compassion into the workplace, Nate is a former practicing psychologist and an internationally recognized thought leader in social-emotional intelligence, interpersonal communication, positive conflict and leadership.
Recognized as a Top 100 keynote speaker, Nate is a co-creator of both Leading Out of Drama® (LOD) and The Compassion Mindset® and is the author of three books: Beyond Drama: Transcending Energy Vampires; Conflict without Casualties: A Field Guide for Leading with Compassionate Accountability; and his newest book, Seeing People Through: Unleash Your Leadership Potential with The Process Communication Model. He hosts a podcast called “On Compassion with Dr. Nate,” writes a weekly blog, contributes to multiple industry publications and blogs, and is a regular guest on podcasts. He is one of only five Process Communication Model® (PCM) Certifying Master Trainers in the world and is an LOD Master Trainer.
Owner, Chief Creative Officer
An expert in organizational development and skilled in course creation, training, consulting and coaching, Aaron is a key member of the leadership team of Next Element who supports the company primarily through providing direct services, marketing and sales.
Aaron is a former Vice President of Student Development and Dean of Students for a prominent liberal arts college, has a Master’s Degree in Organizational Development, was a co-creator of The Compassion Mindset and LOD, and is an LOD Master Trainer and a PCM Provider.
Director of Partner Relations and Business Operations
Julie’s strong relational skills are a natural fit for her role in partner development and network support. She works with our Compassion Mindset sales partners, provides support to our network of PCM and LOD professionals and provides an exceptional customer experience to our clients.
Julie also manages the internal operations of the business, including finance, program management and vendor relationships.
Julie has a Master’s Degree in Social Work and a comprehensive understanding of the Next Element culture and philosophy, and connects the dots between critical headquarters operations and the global Next Element experience.
Co-Founder, Owner, Chief Training Officer
Jamie has spent her career mastering the nuances of team dynamics and the traits of leadership. As an advisor, trainer and coach, she is willing to challenge habits and assumptions while facilitating healthy boundaries so that her clients’ discover their true potential and reach their goals.
A co-creator of LOD and The Compassion Mindset, Jamie is both a PCM and an LOD Master Trainer and, in addition to providing services and certifying professionals, she serves as an advisor to the providers within Next Element’s network.
Owner, Chief Strategy Officer & Counsel
An attorney and former public company C-suite executive, as well as a skilled trainer, consultant and coach, Rob supports Next Element primarily as a legal and business adviser. Located in Chicago, he also serves as an on-the-ground representative of Next Element in a global business center.
Rob is the founder and President of Exaudian, an advisory firm specializing in interpersonal communication, positive conflict, and leadership and management skill development. He was a co-creator of The Compassion Mindset and is a PCM Master Trainer and LOD Provider.
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