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“You’ve got to know when to hold ‘em, know when to fold ‘em, know when to walk away, know when to run.” Turns out Kenny Rogers didn’t just sing a catchy song, he voiced some sound management principles. Sometimes, you have to pull the plug—on projects, on employees, on jobs. That doesn’t mean you should be a quitter, just someone who can tell when things are not working out, and knows how to end them. In Necessary Endings: The Employees, Businesses, and Relationships That All of Us Have to Give Up in Order to Move Forward (HarperBusiness/Available now), author Henry Cloud contends that employees aren't failing when they seek to bring a stop to something. To the contrary, workers do themselves a disservice by remaining with visionless leaders, hostile or non-productive work environments, and career dead-ends. The key, says Cloud, is knowing how to part ways without conveying negativity to those you're leaving behind. Cloud is a clinical psychologist and corporate leadership consultant. For more about the book, click here.
Dennis McCafferty is a freelance writer for Baseline Magazine.
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