It was January 2012 and I was sitting on a plane with my wife, Julie, heading to Costa Rica to celebrate our 20th wedding anniversary. Little did I know that the book I was reading on the plane would help crystalize a model that my team and I at Next Element had been working on for nearly a decade. That day the seeds for this book were planted. Conflict Without Casualties is the manual for our guiding mission: to transform negative drama into compassionate accountability. For readers who are curious about the book that triggered my inspiration, and the process of discovering and developing the Cycle of Compassion, Chapter 5 is just for you.

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