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An expert on the psychology of leadership and the best-selling author of Integrity, Necessary Endings, and Boundaries for Leaders identifies the critical ingredient for personal and professional well-being.

Most leadership coaching focuses on helping leaders build their skills and knowledge and close performance gaps. These are necessary but not sufficient. Using evidence from neuroscience and his work with leaders, Dr. Henry Cloud shows that the best performers draw on another vital resource: personal and professional relationships that fuel growth and help them surpass current limits.

Popular wisdom suggests that we should not allow others to have power over us, but the reality is that they do, for better or for worse. Consider the boss who diminishes you through cutting remarks versus one who challenges you to get better. Or the colleague who always seeks the limelight versus the one who gives you the confidence to finish a difficult project. Or the spouse who is honest and supportive versus the one who resents your success. No matter how talented, intelligent, or experienced, the greatest leaders share one commonality: the power of the others in their lives.

Combining engaging case studies, persuasive findings from cutting-edge brain research, and examples from his consulting practice, Dr. Cloud argues that whether you're a Navy SEAL or a corporate executive, outstanding performance depends on having the right kind of connections to fuel personal growth and minimize toxic associations and their effects. Presenting a dynamic model of the impact these different kinds of connections produce, Dr. Cloud shows listeners how to get more from themselves by drawing on the strength and expertise of others. You don't have a choice whether or not others have power in your life, but you can choose what kinds of relationships you want.

©2016 Dr. Henry Cloud (P)2016 HarperCollins Publishers

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Would you listen to The Power of the Other again? Why?

I expect to dip in and out of this book many times. It is well narrated (not by the author) and the content is useful and compelling.

Who was your favorite character and why?

Not applicable

What does George Newbern bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you had only read the book?

I liked his style, tempo and inflections

Did you have an emotional reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

It encouraged me to be thoughtful.

Any additional comments?

This is worth reading. The Corner 1-4 discussions sometimes get a bit complicated, but stick with it and the books value becomes clear.

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  • Jeffrey Wooten
  • 07-07-16

Which Corner Are You In?

It's just as important as who is in your corner. And it's critical that you both operate within the correct corner. This is an unbelievably insightful book. Dr. Cloud is masterful in pulling things into focus. Chapter 11 is MUST READ/MUST LISTEN for everyone that matters in your life. That chapter alone is priceless.

*There is an audio glitch in chapter 10 around the 32:27 mark. Hopefully they will update the file.

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  • Jim Tiffin Jr
  • 01-11-16

Slow Start; Strong Finish

The story was hard to get into at the beginning. as I continue to listen, I became more engaged with the material it's probably worth going back and listening to those first few chapters again.

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  • Lovely in Lebanon
  • 25-11-16

very helpful

This book took me by surprise--- thankfully so. I have often considered 'needing others' to be a weakness. This work has opened a new option in life for me and stuffed my tool box with great ways to begin.

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  • Cotton
  • 27-07-16

Good book, bad narrator

Very disappointed that Dr. Cloud did not narrate his own book. I will not purchase another audio book from Dr. Cloud that is not narrated by himself. The narrator of this book is very annoying to listen to. Disappointed that I wasted money on this presentation. I will buy the hard copy and read it myself. I'm off to find a different book to listen to with a better narrator. This narrator is too tense in his reading. Not the calming, relaxed style I have become accustomed to by listening the author narrate his own previous books.

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  • Mark Diaz
  • 05-11-16

Loved it!

I absolutely loved it. This is thw first book I read from this author. It is inspiring and full of hidden truths about success and human performance.

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  • Bethany
  • 03-08-16

Dr Cloud is better than ever

I've read lot of his books, and let's be honest, how many different ways can you say a lot of the same things! A lot! This one hit home for me, taking responsibility for self, yet not being a self made (wo)man. It's too easy to take books and apply them to 'how can I be or do better for myself' ... Self help can only go so far and Dr Cloud brings it home in his newest book. I was also super impressed how this theology heavy Dr didn't seem to use much bible points in this book, he used bible principles. And what better way to bring the Truth then by using it and showing examples of it practically. This is a good book for anyone looking to push themselves to greater places for growth.

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  • D.
  • 20-05-16

Great Guide book on Maneuvering through life.

I enjoyed this audio book so much I'm gonna purchase the physical book to have in my library. It's also a book that I'm gonna give as future wedding gifts to aid in marriages and rearing children. It's definitely a guide book of sorts for establishing relationships. It's a book one needs to read in high school.

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  • Jonathan David Weber
  • 06-05-16

classic dr cloud. great teaching.

recommended for anyone who wants to learn how to connect with people better. dr. Cloud always puts out great books

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  • Cville_PM
  • 30-05-16

Great read!

This is a great book with unique perspectives on really important concepts. Addresses the topic of mentorship and sponsors in a manner I haven't previously encountered. valuable information with a balanced approach to the benefits of adoption.

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  • Freeman
  • 22-05-16

very insightful

this book brought a lot of insight to the power and dynamics of people in their relationships with you and with others they can either be good or bad depending on what's allowed in the relationship in the beginning

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