Necessary Endings: The Employees, Businesses, and Relationships That All of Us Have to Give Up in Order to Move Forward

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End Pain.

Foster Personal and Professional Growth.

Live Better.

While endings are a natural part of business and life, we often experience them with a sense of hesitation, sadness, resignation, or regret. But consultant, psychologist, and bestselling author Dr. 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 ...

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Overview

End Pain.

Foster Personal and Professional Growth.

Live Better.

While endings are a natural part of business and life, we often experience them with a sense of hesitation, sadness, resignation, or regret. But consultant, psychologist, and bestselling author Dr. 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 insightful and deeply empathetic book, Dr. 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. Drawing on years of experience as an executive coach and a psychologist, Dr. 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;
  • stop wasting resources needed for the things that really matter.

Knowing when and how to let go when something, or someone, isn't working—a personal relationship, a job, or a business venture—is essential for happiness and success. Necessary Endings gives readers the tools they need to say good-bye and move on.

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Endings are not a tragedy to be first feared and later regretted but a necessary stage on the way to growth, says clinical psychologist and bestselling author of The One-Life Solution. Endings are a crucial way to get what we desire by shedding those things whose time has passed. The author addresses the benefits of concluding unsatisfying work or personal relationships, and he advises readers on diagnosing when the situation can be resuscitated or must be shut down. This "pruning" process can spark readers out of passivity or paralysis, getting them motivated and energized for change. With many examples of people moving on from untenable circumstances and through specific strategies for ending things well, Cloud advocates for powerful personal changes just in time for the New Year, and will give many readers the fresh start they crave. (Jan.)
Dave Ramsey
“If you’re hesitant to pull the trigger when things obviously aren’t working out, Henry Cloud’s Necessary Endings may be the most important book you read all year.”
Tom Rath
“Much of what we do each day is an unnecessary waste of time and energy. This book will challenge you put a stop to things that have been getting in your way for a long time.”
Bob Buford
“Having written five books about the seasons of life, I can tell you that necessary endings are the hard part. Henry Cloud is a wise, experienced, and compassionate guide through these turbulent passages.”
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780061777127
  • Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
  • Publication date: 1/18/2011
  • Pages: 238
  • Sales rank: 35,434
  • Product dimensions: 6.20 (w) x 9.10 (h) x 1.10 (d)

Meet the Author

Dr. Henry Cloud has been a highly sought-after clinical psychologist and leadership consultant for CEOs and companies for more than twenty-fiveyears, whose unique focus encompasses an expertise and understanding of how people perform and relate. He is in demand on many national networks as a speaker and media contributor, and has written numerous books, including Integrity, Necessary Endings, 9 Things You Simply Must Do to Succeed in Love and Life, and Boundaries, among others. He lives in Los Angeles, California.

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  • Posted May 14, 2012

    The BEST BOOK to help you make wise decisions in the midst of difficult times.

    Dr. Cloud clearly explains that endings happen in life naturally and regularly and how we handle them can make the quality of our life healthy and vibrant or poor, fear filled, and stagnant. He does an excellent job helping us see why we may have difficulties ending relationships, and businesses processes. Dr. Cloud then goes on to lay out a path to success to help one determine how best to analyze one's situation or relationship and determine whether we can know for sure whether to continue down a path, adjust it, or terminate it. I love the Biblical and practical wisdom Dr. Cloud uses as the foundation of this book. Thank you for writing this excellent keepsake and giving me more confidence on my life's journey!

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted March 9, 2012

    How to deal with the wise, the foolish and the evil people in your life

    Based upon his experience as a counselor and business coach, Cloud presents proven methods for understanding and dealing with people (as well as yourself), particularly with regard to when it is time to terminate a relationship or a situation and move on.

    Cloud also spends some time on a basic way of looking at people through a three-sided lens: wise people, foolish people and evil people. While he does says this is an over simplification of humanity, he does believe it has proven to be a helpful prism for dealing with life.

    I did enjoy a previous book co-authored by Henry Cloud with John Townsend better, and purchased this book thinking it would be much like "Boundaries". "Necessary Endings" while worth the money and the time is focused equally on business life and personal life. I would prefer more focus on the personal side.

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted September 14, 2011

    Recommended - help for making the tough decision.

    Cloud has written a much need guide for leaders that seem to be frozen in an organization that needs to change. He doesn't present an easy road to travel but one with tough decisions that can result in a better future for the business or group one leads.

    3 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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