Radical Candor: Be a Kickass Boss Without Losing Your Humanity

Radical Candor: Be a Kickass Boss Without Losing Your Humanity

From the time we learn to speak, we’re told that if you don’t have anything nice to say, don’t say anything at all. While this advice may work for everyday life, it is, as Kim Scott has seen, a disaster when adopted by managers.

Scott earned her stripes as a highly successful manager at Google and then decamped to Apple, where she developed a class on optimal management. She has earned growing fame in recent years with her vital new approach to effective management, the “radical candor” method.

Radical candor is the sweet spot between managers who are obnoxiously aggressive on one side and ruinously empathetic on the other. It’s about providing guidance, which involves a mix of praise as well as criticism—delivered to produce better results and help employees achieve.

Great bosses have strong relationships with their employees, and Scott has identified three simple principles for building better relationships with your employees: make it personal, get (sh)it done, and understand why it matters.

Radical Candor offers a guide to those bewildered or exhausted by management, written for bosses and those who manage bosses. Taken from years of the author’s experience, and distilled clearly giving actionable lessons to the reader; it shows managers how to be successful while retaining their humanity, finding meaning in their job, and creating an environment where people both love their work and their colleagues.

Title:Radical Candor: Be a Kickass Boss Without Losing Your Humanity
ISBN:9781250103505
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  • Luke Duncan

    As I worked my way through this book I wanted to hate it. It had enough of the grating Silicon Valley meets Ted talk tropes to assume it lacked substance. Name dropping of personal relationships with ...

  • Jaclyn Day

    Overly-repetitive business books are the hill I'm dying on now, I guess. Per most books in the genre, the best is always saved for last. In this case, the final three chapters are the most valuable an...

  • Ross Blocher

    Radical Candor is written for managers/bosses, but I'd recommend it for anyone in the workplace. Kim Scott's observations have wide application, and do a great job of prioritizing the need to treat ev...

  • Peter Yang

    Great book, minus one star for all the name dropping.Takeaways:1. Radical candor = Care personally + challenge directly2. Care personally starts with career discussions and good 1:1s3. Challenge direc...

  • Michael McCain

    "Here's what Google and Apple do. Also Twitter. I don't know anybody at Facebook"...

  • Dean Hachamovitch

    I wish I had a time machine to send this book with a heartfelt “please read” note back in time to myself and to leaders, colleagues, and teams I worked with over the years. Kim’s book offers an...

  • Willian Molinari

    I'm migrating all my reviews to my blog. If you want to read the full review with my raw notes, check it here: https://pothix.com/radicalcandorbook/A book every boss should read. It helps to create a ...

  • Vlad

    There's a lot of good content here. But the author's advice isn't always consistent with the stated ideals. For example, there are many suggestions that sound like servant leadership, and many of thes...

  • Cathy Sites

    Part of me wants to give this 3 stars, and I am glad that I finished this book - mainly because I am glad to be finished with this book! A weirdly tough read that I could only read small amounts at a ...

  • Irina Stanescu

    Great book about management! Some new concepts and some heavily inspired from the Google management culture, which I've been fortunate enough to witness (and be part of for a brief period).The key tak...