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

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Zondervan, Jan 18, 2011 - Business & Economics - 256 pages
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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 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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User Review  - jmoncton - LibraryThing

When parts of our lives end, we often feel sadness, remorse, or approach the ending with a sense of foreboding or hesitation. Necessary Endings shows us a different way to look at endings in our lives ... Read full review

DELETE those that make you miserable!

User Review  - misslila - Overstock.com

Great advice in this book. Deleting those in your life that make you miserable WILL MAKE YOU FEEL GREAT! Some relationships family included just dont work! Read full review

Contents

Growth Depends on Getting Rid of
15
Welcome the Seasons
35
The Difference Between
53
Realistic Hopeless
73
The Difference Between
91
Identifying
119
Stay Motivated and Energized
149
How to Tackle Internal and External Barriers
173
The Magic of SelfSelection
193
The Importance of Metabolizing
211
Its All About the Future
227
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Dr. Henry Cloud is a leadership coach to CEOs and business executives, and a clinical psychologist with an extensive background in both the clinical and professional consulting worlds. An internationally popular speaker, he is also the bestselling author of Integrity; The One-Life Solution; Boundaries; Nine Things You Simply Must Do; and numerous others. Dr. Cloud lives in Los Angeles, California.

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