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Learn how to build your leadership skills by drawing on the strengths and expertise of others! Combining scientific research, engaging case studies, and personal experience, Dr. Cloud reveals that succesful people in every field are those who minimize negative associations and instead pursue relationships that fuel personal growth and encourage innovation. Practical and inspiring! 256 pages, hardcover from Zondervan.

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Format: Hardcover
Number of Pages: 256
Vendor: Zondervan
Publication Date: 2016
Dimensions: 1.11 X 6.11 X 11.11 (inches)
ISBN: 0061777145
ISBN-13: 9780061777141

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Wall Street Journal bestseller

An expert on the psychology of leadership and the bestselling author of Integrity, Necessary Endings, and Boundaries For Leaders identifies the critical ingredient for personal and professional wellbeing.

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 readers 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.

Author Bio

Dr. Henry Cloud is an acclaimed leadership expert, psychologist, and New York Times bestselling author whose books have sold over 10 million copies. In 2014, Success magazine named Dr. Cloud one of the top 25 most influential leaders in personal growth and development. He graduated from Southern Methodist University with a BS in psychology and completed his PhD in clinical psychology at Biola University. 

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“Henry brings the heart and the mind together, showing that constructive relationships support us in making our own lives and the lives of others better. There is no singular success; we all need to work with ‘others’ to become our best selves. This book shows you where to look.”

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  1. seeker
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    the power of the other
    June 14, 2017
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    great help in understanding the power that the support of other safe people can and do have on our lives. great perspective.
  2. blyempowered
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    A Revolutionary Book For A Time Like This: We Need Others!!
    May 9, 2016
    blyempowered
    Quality: 5
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    Meets Expectations: 5
    Dr. Henry Cloud, one of the most respected authors of our time has done it again. He is the co-author of the book Boundaries that came out several years ago. Now he has written a book titled The Power Of The Other. The main focus on this book is how others can have an effect on our lives, whether positive or negative. One key point that he makes is that our success can be predicated on the others that we have in our lives. He talks about the 4 corners of relationships with corner 4 being the best one for our lives. Corner 4 relationships are filled with honesty, support, encouragement, the proper push, trust and the help needed to see our failures from the right perspective. The power of this book is that it challenges the notion of the self-made man/woman. It challenges the belief that we can make it in this world without others. Dr. Cloud makes the case that our success in life is directly proportional with the relationships we have.

    I see this book as a better version of Safe People that was written by Dr. Cloud and Dr. Townsend several years ago. That book focuses on how important it is to have the right people in our lives. The book focuses on traits of safe and unsafe people. Yet what I love about the power of the other is how it extends the importance of relationship to all point of our lives. Its not just about having friendships for the sake of having friendships, but about positioning ourselves to the best situation possible for every arena of our lives. I wonder at times what my life would look like if I had more corner 4 relationships present with me. This book has encouraged me to reach out to people who I can trust and build corner 4 relationships with them. I have a lot of pride and hate asking for help. This book has challenged me to not be so prideful but ask for the necessary help that I need.

    I would definitely recommend this book to anyone, especially those whove tried to navigate life on their own for too long. A lot of us are seeing the consequences of what takes place when we try to do life on our own. Im telling yall, I could see my entire life in this book and I believe you will as well. I want to also encourage you, if you have the resources, to invest this book into the lives of those who you know are trying to do life on their own unsuccessfully. There is power in others. Tap into it now!

    Disclaimer: I received an advanced copy of this book for honest review as a part of Dr. Clouds launch team.
  3. wendylifecoach
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    The Missing Piece
    May 7, 2016
    wendylifecoach
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    Insightful. Intuitive. Informational. Influential.

    Powerful.

    Want to change your life? Want to improve your relationships? Want successful, life-giving relationships rather than those that drain you? Surround yourself with more Four Corner relationships to put you on the path to success. THE PEOPLE YOU ARE IN CONTACT WITH MATTER MORE THAN YOU THINK! Our connections have a significant impact on us emotionally, mentally, socially, and professionally.

    In this thought-provoking work, The Power of the Other delivers the level of quality work weve come to expect from well-known expert, Dr. Henry Cloud. Not only is the information extremely helpful in evaluating the relationships in our lives, the questions articulated in the manuscript are invaluable in aiding the reader in self-discovery, evaluating, internalizing, and implementing the principles presented.

    Although the ending summary lacked a little bit of the full impact I was hoping for (not quite as strong), the book provides excellent value and many Aha moments, offering information and insight you would normally pay thousands for in professional services. Im confident that by applying what you learn in this book, you will improve your life.

    Dont miss out on the piece of the puzzle that is crucial to your success the power of the other. It may be your missing link to success in many areas of your life.
  4. Laurie S
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    Insightful Perspective on Relationships and Their Impact on Our Lives!
    May 4, 2016
    Laurie S
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    I wish I could have read this book 20 years ago! Dr. Clouds insight on relationships and their power is life changing. I am a high achiever always striving to do my best to be successful by my own effort, but this book has opened my eyes to the Power of Other People on my life, both personally and professionally. People give energy, and they take it away. Know the difference and plan accordingly. We were created to connect with each other. There is a power in our connection with others for good and for bad. Dr. Henry Cloud explains the elements and dynamics of these connections in his new book The Power of The Other. Dr. Cloud explains about the 4 corners of relationships, and only one is where we thrive Corner 4. Corner 4 relationships refuel us physically, emotionally, intellectually and spiritually. They help us find purpose in life. Throughout the book, he goes in depth on the characteristics of a Corner 4 Connection, and how we get there: Connection that fuels, gives freedom, requires responsibility, defangs failure, challenges and pushes, builds structure, unites instead of divides, and is trustworthy. After reading this book, I am moving forward in my own growth and embracing my corner 4 relationships!
  5. K T Sengbusch
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    The Power of the Other - "You have a choice as to what kind of power others are going to have in your life"
    May 4, 2016
    K T Sengbusch
    Quality: 5
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    Meets Expectations: 5
    Dr. Henry Cloud begins his new book 'The Power of the Other' with a powerful account that immediately drew me in. A man is training to become a Navy SEAL is on his last test--a grueling endurance swim in the ocean...and his strength fails him. He has nothing left and is just about to signal he is giving up...all his years of training, the sacrifice, his dream of being a SEAL has disappeared. Suddenly he sees his friend standing on the shore ahead. His friend has completed the swim and is officially a Navy SEAL. The man on the shore yells and pumps his fist to let the man in the water know "he could do it". The man in the water would later describe what happened saying that as their "eyes locked...something happened. Something beyond him. His body jumped into another gear, into another dimension of performance that he had not had access to before". He was able to finish and became a Navy SEAL. This is what Dr. Cloud call "the Power of the Other".

    This book resonates deep in me both in positive and negative ways. The negative is not for any of the content, but because through my family of origin I experienced the negative power of the capital "O" Other. As someone who also has given "the Other" much power in my life, I see how I was "either diminished or improved by the other people in my scenario". Dr. Cloud relates several of his own life experiences with failures and how the situations played out based on the people he was connected to.

    I have never highlighted a book the way I have this one--even a whole chapter!

    Dr. Cloud shares one of his favourite formulas

    " Freedom = Responsibility = Love " in a moving account of a heartfelt formal talk he had with his two daughters as they became teenagers. I will be sharing this with my adult daughter for down the road when my grandson reaches this age. Self-control and personal responsibility are discussed and his fatherly goal is that his daughters know his loving lessons and messages so well that they are internalized thus governing behaviour and choices when they are on their own without him. It is truly wisdom.

    It is clear that no personal growth or change can happen in a vacuum or isolation. Relationship, genuine authentic relationship is where we grow and transform.

    "True connection always means being emotionally and functionally invested in other people, in a give-and-receive dynamic. Disconnection lacks something, in one direction or the other--either in the giving or the receiving. Truly connected people do both. They are emotionally present and able to give and to receive".

    The Power of the Other is a book that would benefit any reader. The idea that another person has a real impact on us, on our behaviour is profound and revolutionary in its simplicity. Dr. Cloud's research and how he explains the neuroscience is helpful and clear.

    I am recommending this book to everyone I know. My adult children, friends, work colleagues and church friends. I have read and studied much of Dr. Cloud's other books and materials and they have transformed my life. Most influential was his book with Dr. John Townsend "Boundaries" -- I keep several copies to give away as my life has not been the same since I read it and saw the video series. I can already see that I will have extra copies of "The Power of the Other" on my shelf to gift to others as well.

    Advance copy for review courtesy of Edelweiss Book Distributors.
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