By Shelley Walters, Gauteng Chapter

It is not often that I read a book twice, never mind three times. Perhaps I am a slow learner or the content in this book is so challenging that I need more time to revisit and digest the information?

Whatever the reason may be, I have read Henry Cloud’s Necessary Endings (Harper Collins, 2010) three times now. I have the hard copy, kindle, and audible versions, and I regularly revisit the message.

So, what are these profound lessons that continue to challenge me? The main theme of Necessary Endings is not only that endings are necessary but, in fact, that endings are welcome. Some should even be celebrated.

Good leaders and successful business people know when an ending is necessary, and they have the courage to act on what they know is right.

Using the analogy of pruning a plant; Cloud suggests three areas of pruning:

  1. Deadwood – this is often easy for us to identify and address
  2. Sick branches that are not getting better – this area can be tough to prune. When we have invested time, energy and resources into a business, a person, or an idea – and it is not getting better, we need to have the courage to prune this area so we can redeploy those resources into areas that will bring healthier fruit (returns).
  3. Good, but not best – this must be the most challenging of all. How do you cut an area of your life or business that is not dead wood, it is not sick… In fact, it is ‘good’, but, not best?

Necessary Endings is a great read, filled with business case studies and personal examples. As the year winds down, and you take time to reflect on your life and business I invite you to pick up Henry Cloud’s book, and ask yourself, “where do I need to initiate “Necessary Endings” now, so that I can grow and expand in 2017?”

Happy Reading!