Necessary Endings: The employees, businesses and relationships that all of us have to give up in order to move forward (HarperBusiness, 2013)

Necessary Endings was recommended to me by a friend at a time I was reflecting on the pursuit of a new chapter in my life. This required leaving my job and starting a journey into the unknown.  I had little certainty other than the deep belief that I was no longer serving my purpose by staying in the same place. In fact I was getting a sense of regression, going backwards as the corporate world changed around me,  and as my own goals evolved to the pursuit of something new, something invigorating and more meaningful to me.

Henry explains in the book how the Good cannot begin until the Bad ends, how to recognise the Bad in a situation and come to the conviction that change is necessary. He also writes about the natural Seasons of Life and how change (and necessary endings) are part of the greater purpose of life; and why it is futile to cling to a hope that things will turn out OK when clearly there is a new direction needed.

The real value I gained from this book relates to the decision to resign from my job of 13 years. The book equally speaks to people who are in relationships which need to be ended, or in the context of activities that need to be ended, or poor performing employees that need to be “pruned” from the organisation for the continued health and success of the company.

I can totally recommend this book to anyone who is searching for meaning in endings that they are busy undergoing, or contemplating.

Its not normal that I rate a book 5 stars on Amazon, perhaps that is more because it is highly relevant in this point in my own life.

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