Necessary Endings

  • by Henry Cloud
  • Narrated by Henry Cloud
  • 7 hrs and 15 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

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 best-selling 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 listeners:

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 listeners the tools they need to say good-bye and move on.

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What made the experience of listening to Necessary Endings the most enjoyable?

Sometimes you need to let go to move on


What was one of the most memorable moments of Necessary Endings?

The explanation on


What about Henry Cloud’s performance did you like?

The way he communicates each of the ideas and scenario


What’s an idea from the book that you will remember?

Evil People, avoid them, but if you are in a relationship with them, neighbor, Business partner, Colleague, or any toxic individual you are in a relationship with--- they are not going to get better, protect yourself with the law, money, etc. I used to try and change people, sometimes it is better to let go for your own sake. The longer you stay, the higher the cost.


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It is amazing how one book from a particular author lead to the next. I started with

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- Philips Adeniyi

Better editing required

If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from Necessary Endings?

The basic premise of the book is good and correct, however the metaphors used by the author to illustrate his points are carried on long after their usefulness has expired. This is basically true in every chapter, but is most apparent in the first few chapters where the analogy of pruning a rose bush is examined from every conceivable angle. In addition there is a paucity of real psychological data to support some of the recommendations in the book, and only the mental constructs of the author, which I personally found unconvincing, to explain why it is difficult to for many of us to achieve necessary endings. A related and IMO far more useful book is


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- Michelle

Book Details

  • Release Date: 01-18-2011
  • Publisher: HarperAudio