Now a New York Times bestseller
This program is read by the author.
"Radical Candor is packed with illuminating truths, insightful advice, and practical suggestions, all illustrated with engaging (and often funny) stories from Kim Scott’s own experiences at places like Apple, Google, and various start-ups. Indispensable."--Gretchen Rubin author of New York Times bestseller The Happiness Project
"Reading Radical Candor will help you build, lead, and inspire teams to do the best work of their lives. Kim Scott's insights...-will help you be a better leader and create a more effective organization."--Sheryl Sandberg author of the New York Times bestseller Lean In
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. When you become a manager, it’s your job to say it--and your obligation.
Author Kim Scott was an executive at Google and then at Apple, where she developed a class on how to be a good boss. She has earned growing fame in recent years with her vital new approach to effective management, Radical Candor.
Radical Candor is a simple idea: to be a good boss, you have to Care Personally at the same time that you Challenge Directly. When you challenge without caring it’s obnoxious aggression; when you care without challenging it’s ruinous empathy. When you do neither it’s manipulative insincerity.
This simple framework can help you build better relationships at work, and fulfill your three key responsibilities as a leader: creating a culture of feedback (praise and criticism), building a cohesive team, and achieving results you’re all proud of.
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.
"Kim Scott has a well-earned reputation as a kick-ass boss and a voice that CEOs take seriously. In this remarkable book, she draws on her extensive experience to provide clear and honest guidance on the fundamentals of leading others: how to give (and receive) feedback, how to make smart decisions, how to keep moving forward, and much more. If you manage people--whether it be 1 person or a 1,000--you need Radical Candor. Now."--Daniel Pink author of New York Times bestseller Drive
APPLE BOOKS REVIEW
Leadership guru Kim Scott managed teams at Google, Apple, and Twitter during her Silicon Valley career. Her compelling leadership guide uses real-life situations to explain how bosses get the best from their employees. The trick? Balancing praise and criticism to improve performance without sacrificing morale. Scott’s warm, self-assured reading makes even the most difficult office topics, like when and how to fire people, seem approachable. Even if you’re not in management, Radical Candor will help you understand how effective workplaces function.
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Good Content, Narration... Eh.
I loved the content. It’s useful. Many relatable anecdotes and tools for being more effective with feedback and conversation with your teams.
Kim is a good author, but I would recommend she not do voiceover. Kim’s voice sounds similar to Rosanne Barr’s, which makes it uncomfortable to listen to. The publisher should have a professional female narrator with a smooth, pleasant voice do the narration.
Good content but painful to listen to
The content of this book is really great and has excellent advice for anyone leading other people.
However, this is also a great example of why many authors should not narrate their own books. Her robotic voice, which reads the words as if reading a book in front of a class, skips right over inflections and obvious emphasis points. It almost sounds as if she’s yelling the words into the microphone.
Despite that, I am learning quite a bit with great real world examples. I also plan to buy the hardcopy so I can have it on hand as a reference.
Had it been narrated by a professional, my review would likely be 5 stars.
As a funny aside, as I write this review I’m asking myself how I would provide radically candid and constructive feedback to the author.
Great Concept. Painful and Horribly off Topic Book
After dropping $20 on an audiobook I REALLY tried to choke this one down.
The simple and useful concept upon which this book is based — radical candor — is still something I’ll use with my team. So kudos to the author for that. And this is the reason why I gave the book a second star.
But I am a third of the way through this book and I’m giving up on gleaming anything else from the book itself.
Did you know the author of this book worked at Google? Did you know the author of this book worked at Apple? Did you know the author of this book was asked once about becoming the CEO of Twitter? If you buy this book, you’ll hear those statements again and again and again and again and again. This book read more like a disjointed autobiography. It provides little assistance in communicating and implementing its title concept.
There’s an irony here: it seems that more radical candor should have been used in the writing of this book. It would’ve been a very different book – and perhaps not written at all.