Now a New York Times and Wall Street Journal bestseller
"I raced through Radical Candor--It’s thrilling to learn a framework that shows how to be both a better boss and a better colleague. 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--based on her experience, keen observational intelligence and analysis--will help you be a better leader and create a more effective organization." —Sheryl Sandberg author of the New York Times bestseller Lean In
"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
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 worked with a team to develop 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.
Unfailing discretion and courtesy may get you far at a dinner party but will sink you as a manager, argues Scott, a cofounder of management consulting firm Candor, Inc. and a CEO coach in Silicon Valley. After six years at Google working for her business school buddy Sheryl Sandberg, she learned that relationships are the major building blocks of a career, and that only honesty painfully candid honesty, if necessary can lay solid foundations for good manager/employee relationships. The book aims to help bosses manage their emotions while helping failing employees (a difficult task for even the most experienced manager) and walks them through building "radically candid" relationships with direct reports. Radical candor lies in a place where caring about employees meets the willingness to challenge them directly. Scott walks readers through understanding the motivation of subordinates, making tough decisions, establishing rapport, and helping employees avoid "boredom and burnout." She also runs through a list of strategies for building solid working relationships. Informational and clear, this is necessary reading for anyone who's having trouble coming to terms with an underperforming workforce.
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Great book for new leaders
Although not groundbreaking, very well organized for new managers so that they understand what their bosses want.
I was bored.
Outstanding leadership book
I recommend downloading the free app that corresponds to the book