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Radical Candor: Be a Kickass Boss Without Losing Your Humanity
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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
Format Type:Hardcover
Number of Pages:272 pages
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  • Ross Blocher
    Mar 26, 2017

    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...

  • Dean Hachamovitch
    Jan 31, 2017

    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...

  • Bill
    Feb 10, 2017

    No time for a full review right now. Suffice it to say "Radical Candor" is one of the best books I've ever read about the science or art of managing people and teams. I started reading because of the ...

  • Courtney
    Feb 28, 2017

    Hands down the best business book that I have ever read. It simply validated mythoughts on management and I like when books reaffirm my beliefs. Haha. I truly believe that every boss needs to read thi...

  • Irina Stanescu
    May 02, 2017

    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...

  • KJ Grow
    Mar 05, 2017

    I heard this author speak at a conference and thought her presentation was compelling, especially as I am someone who has a tendency toward the "ruinous empathy" realm and struggles with challenging d...

  • Meghan
    Apr 01, 2017

    This is one of the first books I've read in a long time that has me talking to *everyone* I know about it. I'm considering buying a copy for everyone in my company, especially my own boss. It's so ins...

  • Luke Duncan
    May 31, 2017

    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 ...

  • Amy
    May 29, 2017

    I learned a lot from this book. I added it to my list after seeing her TedTalk, the book is very true to the talk while adding more detail and color to some of her concepts. I really like her grid of ...

  • Hilary Scroggie
    Feb 07, 2017

    This book is badass and practical. I liked the first half better than the second, but that is 100% a personal thing in that I find the "how-to" and checklist-y part of business books slow going. But f...