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4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 4.00 (350 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Henry Cloud Narrator: Henry Cloud Publisher: HarperCollins Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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End pain, foster personal and professional growth, and 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; and
  • 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 listeners the tools they need to say goodbye and move on.

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Quotes & Awards

  • Necessary Endings may be the most important book you read all year.” 

    Dave Ramsey, New York Times bestselling author of The Total Makeover

  • “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.” 

    Bob Buford, bestselling author of Halftime and Finishing Well

  • “This book will challenge you to put a stop to things that have been getting in your way for a long time.” 

    Tom Rath, author of Strengths-Based Leadership

  • “Through specific strategies for ending things well, Cloud advocates for powerful personal changes…and will give many readers the fresh start they crave.” 

    Publishers Weekly

Listener Opinions

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by C.j. Hines | 2/14/2014

    " Although the main focus is on employees and businesses, Cloud does address personal relationships too. His honesty is convicting and made me assess and think hard about some situations that were dead and needed to be pruned. He also wrote "Boundaries," another good book about relationships. He says to get where you want to be, you have to sacrifice something that is holding you back. Thought-provoking. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Louis | 2/9/2014

    " For the year's beginning, a book on endings. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Sean | 1/17/2014

    " Great wisdom, enough to give five stars. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by pianogal | 1/13/2014

    " This book was a decent read. It had a lot of helpful thoughts. My two complaints, though, were that a) it tended to repeat itself a lot and b) the author was very focused on necessary endings in the business section. That's fine, but I hoping to be able to apply more of this to my every day life. If you're a corporate exec looking to make some hard decisions then this book is for you. If not, well then you'll probably give it 3 or less stars like I did. And it repeated itself a lot too. "

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