Well, this book needs to go into my top ten of all time favourite books. If you are feeling drained by life or by your business then this book is a must read. For me, it clarified some decisions that I have made in the past, which has enabled me to reach the point that I am at today.
There was one chapter in the book that resonated with me, and this was the way in which you deal with different people when ending something or trying to implement change. When I reflect on how I have done this in the past, I have always managed the process in the way that I personally like to be managed, and now I appreciate that this is not the best way of dealing with the problem. Dr Cloud talks about three types of people:-
1. Wise people – the ones who take on board what you say, learn from it and move on.
2. Foolish people – A fool shoots the messenger, it is never their fault, and they tend to get angry when faced with a difficult solution. These people do not listen, they don't want to talk about it. We have all had to deal with this type of person and the way to manage them when you need to end something that they are doing is to give boundaries and communicate a consequence.
3. Evil people – The evil people intend to destroy things. We have heard of the phrase “bad apple”, well sometimes you just need to get rid of the evil people in your life and business, which will enable you to move on. Stop being nice, and just do it. Cut all ties. Don't return emails, phone calls or tweet! Out of sight is out of mind. If you have someone in your life like this then please, please read this book!
There was a lot more to this book, and I am now keen to read more of Dr Henry Cloud's work.
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