Necessary Endings

Necessary Endings

The Employees, Businesses, and Relationships That All of Us Have to Give up in Order to Move Forward

Book - 2010
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While endings are a natural part of business and life, we often experience them with a sense of hesitation, sadness, resignation, or regret. But Henry Cloud sees endings differently. He argues that our personal and professional lives can only improve to the degree that we can see endings as a necessary and strategic step to something better. If we cannot see endings in a positive light and execute them well, he asserts, the "better" will never come either in business growth or our personal lives. In this book, Cloud demonstrates that, when executed well, "necessary endings" allow us to proactively correct the bad and the broken in our lives in order to make room for the professional and personal growth we seek. However, when endings are avoided or handled poorly -- as is too often the case -- good opportunities may be lost, and misery repeated. Cloud offers a mixture of advice and case studies to help readers: know when to have realistic hope and when to execute a necessary ending in a business, or with an individual; identify which employees, projects, activities, and relationships are worth nurturing and which are not; overcome people's resistance to change and create change that works; create urgency and an action plan for what's important; and stop wasting resources needed for the things that really matter.
Publisher: New York : HarperBusiness, 2010
Edition: 1st ed
ISBN: 9780061777127
Branch Call Number: 650.13 C6471n 2010
Characteristics: xiv, 238 pages ; 24 cm


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Dec 03, 2017

I really enjoyed this book. It made me think and consider my approach to different aspects of my life where endings have occurred and should occur in the future. I particularly liked the break down of people into three categories (Henry Cloud acknowledges that this is a generalization) and tips on how to manage each category of each person. I would certainly recommend everyone reading this book.

Jan 08, 2014

Had read good things about this book, but I just could not get past the first few pages of the first chapter.


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