Necessary Endings Can Lead to Great Improvements; Learn More by Enrolling in Positive Disruption before Feb. 12

  • Published: Wednesday, Dec. 16, 2020

SPRINGFIELD, Mo. -- Sometimes things have to end to move forward.
There are times when strained finances, fractured relationships, and poor leadership have fractured an organization to the point that the best thing to do is end it and go in a new direction.
"I have found that 2020 has been a great time to see these types of needed changes. While some people may see ending something as absurd, one of our scheduled speakers for Leadercast does not," said David Burton, a county engagement specialist with University of Missouri Extension.
Changing things to move forward can apply to organizations, associations, communities, and in your personal life. It is a research-based perspective supported in Dr. Cloud's new book, "Necessary Endings."
He makes this claim: "Failing well means ending something that is not working and choosing to do something else better."

Cloud, who is also the bestselling author of "Integrity" and "The One-Life Solution" and "Boundaries," offers this mindset-altering method for proactively correcting the bad and the broken in our businesses and our lives in this book.
If you're hesitant to change when things aren't working out, "Necessary Endings" may be the most important book you read all year.

Cloud argues that pruning our lives and schedules should be strategic and should leave us with the time and energy to focus on things that are not just good but best.

"I have resigned from four different boards this year. All were good endeavors, but they were draining, facing a crisis, and limiting my ability to grow other initiatives that are best. Sometimes you have to choose to end something to grow something better," said Burton.


Leadercast's "Positive Disruption" series in Missouri will feature internationally known experts like Cloud addressing leaders from all levels to shake up the status quo and drive opportunities for innovation. 

This 4-session program in February and March is open to leaders of all experience levels.

During the program, Leadercast Missouri participants will watch about 1.5 hours of leadership videos each week before participating in the discussion session. Participants will join weekly with like-minded individuals via Zoom to further discuss the content of the videos.

Live Zoom discussions will be hosted from 8:30 a.m. to 10 a.m. on Feb. 25, March 4, March 11, and March 18. Discussion facilitators will be from University of Missouri Extension.

Participants will access a set of inspiring videos for one week before each facilitated Thursday morning discussion. Pre-registration is required by Feb. 12, 2021. 

Registration can be done online at at the cost of $125 per person. Use the search bar on that website to find Missouri Leadercast Positive Disruption.  


Community development specialists with MU Extension engage with Missourians to build skills to lead, take action on community priorities, and connect and thrive.  By tapping into local strengths and university resources, the Community Development Program works collaboratively with communities to improve the quality of life and to create vibrant, resilient communities.

For more information, contact any of these MU Extension specialists working on Leadercast:  David Burton in Greene County, (417) 881-8909 or [email protected]; Sarah Massengale in Dent County at 573-729-3196 or [email protected]; Tish Johnson in Boone County at 573/445-9792 or [email protected]; or Rachel Buenemann in Phelps County at (573) 458-6260 or [email protected]


Writer: David Burton

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