by Dr. Henry Cloud
For many entrepreneurs and small business owners, the mere thought of ending a relationship with an employee, product line, or a less-than-productive business strategy is a taboo subject often associated with failure. The idea can be so paralyzing it is often pushed to the back of the mind to gather dust.
In his new book Necessary Endings: The Employees, Businesses, and Relationships That All of Us Have to Give Up in Order to Move Forward, psychologist and bestselling author Dr. Henry Cloud explains why these endings are not the failures they are often thought to be, but they are actually part of a natural life cycle of business and life, and should be seen as necessary opportunities that can lead to something better.
“In the long term, we don’t really do people favors by not telling them the truth and facing the realities that this is not a position that they’re cut out for, suited for, or thriving in,” Cloud says. “When we allow things to go one like that, we are actually holding those people back from finding what they could do well in.”
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