There is a lot of circling, underlining and highlighting in my copy of this book, scribbled notes in the margin as I reached multiple aha moments. In The Power of the Other by Dr. Henry Cloud, there are many insights that affirm notions that I have felt, but have not had the courage or confidence to act upon, and Dr. Cloud backs up many of his assertions with simplified neuro-science as well as anecdotal evidence that we can all relate to.
Cloud focuses a lot on work and business relationships, but we can equally apply every concept to family relationships and friendships. He examines 4 corners of relationships, and helps you determine where yours fit, and how they impact your brain, mind and heart—emotionally and physically.
You know how I know this book works? Because it was the “other” that had the “power” to lift my hope and spirit, to help me recognize which relationships are positive Corner 4 relationships and how I can be a Corner 4 friend, parent and boss. It has encouraged me to recognize the great things in many of my relationships, and to realize which ones are worthy of my time and energy, and which ones I might need to shield myself from, or confront with honest integrity. Some of his anecdotes from working within successful businesses have provided me with great ideas that I can incorporate in my own business with our core values, and within our team interactions, while his honest reflections of a past failing business teach us all about the great opportunities we could have if we would just shift how we view those failures.
While we may know some of this intellectually, Dr. Cloud’s stories and psychology seal it with defined purpose and action, helping us to not just see how our behavior changes our lives, but how everyone’s behavior and words have tremendous power to lift other people far beyond what they can do alone.
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