One of the things that so many leadership books don’t talk about is how to bring something to an end when it is poisonous or dead. How do you take that person off that leadership position? How do you stop that ministry or program or event that is just not bearing fruit? How do you fire that person well? And how do you do all these things without it all blowing up in your face? If you have ever asked these questions you to need to buy Necessary Endings by Henry Cloud. In fact, if you are a leader you need to buy the book.
In Necessary Endings Cloud shows you how to see if the thing needs to end, how to have the mental courage to end something and how to have the conversations that are needed to end something. Cloud shows you how to fire someone or demote someone well, how to shut down things well and how to do all these with as little relational fallout as possible.
One of the most important chapters in the book is chapter seven which I entitled The Wise, the Foolish, and The Evil: Identifying Which Kinds of People Deserve Your Trust. This chapter is worth the price of the book alone. In it, Cloud shows you how to identify wise, foolish and evil people and how then to deal with them. This is an invaluable skill to have as a leader.
This is a very necessary book but it is also a very dangerous book. I say this because many times I have lent my copy of Necessary Endings out or I have recommended it to someone they have taken radical actions that have caused them short term stress but long-term relief. It is a book that will thrust you out into action and it is a book that all leaders needs read and digest.
You can get the chapter on The Wise, the Foolish, and The Evil here