“Necessary Endings” A Great Book by Henry Cloud

Open Book and Discussion Group based on the book:

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

The book was authored by Henry Cloud

Tuesday Evening 01.25.11 at 7

Greetings All,

Ages ago Ecclesiastes wrote “To everything there is a season…” The Byrds did a more recent edit and added “Turn, turn, turn.” Have you had “necessary endings?” Were they business, career, relational, other? Did some go well and others not? What was the difference? Is there something in the distant or not-so-distant past that could be hindering your progress now? Do you clearly recognize it or is it a vague and nebulous combination of things.

Henry Cloud has worked with many large companies and individuals during his career and with some massive corporations during the last two years of crises. He “gets it” and doesn’t doubt that many have a “right” to be resentful and upset. Nor does Henry Cloud expect any of this to be smooth or easy, yet he asks the pivotal question about who is being hurt in the overall sense if we refuse to move beyond the changes that have been thrust upon us?

Chapter four caught my personal attention, it is titled: “When Stuck Is the New Normal: The Difference Between Pain with a Purpose and Pain for No Good Reason,” and is where we will spend much of Tuesday evening discussing. Chapter twelve, “Embrace the Grief: The Importance of Metabolizing Necessary Endings,” offers much meat for discussion as well.

“Necessary Endings:”

  • Cloud explains clearly why “Necessary Endings” are so necessary
  • Answers the “What/Where  next” that needs to happen
  • Addresses anger and mourning appropriately
  • Challenges us to “Embrace the grief?” Yep, a big call
  • “Hoping versus Wishing” Cloud explains the critical difference?
  • On trusting, trusting again? What needs to happen
  • Explains how we are we getting in our own way at times
  • Raises the question of whether some today are suffering from “learned helplessness?”
  • What it means to “emotionally hoard the past”
  • Ways back to invigorated and energized change.
  • Sustainability, how we can reach it and keep the momentum?

“Great is the art of the beginning, but greater is the art of the ending.” ­­ – Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

Please do bring your business cards so that you can network smartly with others as we have our weekly “Necessary Endings” at Steak & Shake for a cup of coffee or a bite to eat afterward.

Join us, won’t you?


"Today may be the enemy of your tomorrow." - Henry Cloud

$timulus: An Open Book and Networking Group

Barnes & Noble in the Streets of West Chester

(I-75 Exit 19 Union Centre Blvd., Past The Rave Theater)

9455 Civic Centre Boulevard, West Chester, OH 45069

Every Tuesday evening at 7:00 P.M.

There is no charge for $timulus!!!

Monte at 513.769.6313 or montewashburn@gmail.com


About MonteWashburn

Greetings, Please allow me to introduce myself. I am Monte, a passionate lover of a great spectrum of nonfiction books and authors and in hoping to provide some guidance to the many currently unemployed or under-employed persons much of the content posted here will revolve around books of the job search, career, entrepreneurial pursuits and personal development. Other related blogs and material will be heralded here as well. And a little fiction just may sneak in as well from time to time. May you find your own stimulus here. Expectantly, Monte
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