Necessary Endings

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

Endings are a natural part of life, but we often experience them with a sense of hesitation, sadness, resignation, or regret. However, Dr. Henry Cloud sees endings differently. In Necessary Endings, 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, then the “better” will never come either in business growth or our personal lives.

In this insightful and deeply empathetic book, Dr. Cloud demonstrates that “necessary endings” allow us to proactively correct the bad and the broken in our lives in order to make room for the 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:

  • 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.
  • 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.

Knowing when and how to let go when something, or someone, isn’t working is essential for happiness and success. Necessary Endings will give you the tools you need to say good-bye and move on.


“If you’re hesitant to pull the trigger when things obviously aren’t working out, Henry Cloud’s Necessary Endings may be the most important book you read all year.”
Dave Ramsey
New York Times bestselling author of The Total Money Makeover

“I couldn’t stop reading Necessary Endings once I started! Each page I turned led me to see how I had to start pruning certain things in my life and in my business. I’m no longer frozen like a deer in headlights. Before I finished the book, plans were forming in my mind on how to get moving again. Thank you, Dr. Cloud, for opening my mind’s eye just enough to see how to start to implement change in my life.”
Debra D. in Arkansas