Radical Candor: Be a Kick-Ass 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. S...more
But as much as I wanted to hate the book, it actually has solid substance. I've seen many of the practices discussed in the book used in person ...more
1. Radical candor = Care personally + challenge directly
2. Care personally starts with career discussions and good 1:1s
3. Challenge directly starts with asking for and taking criticism well yourself
4. Listen -> Clarify -> Debate -> Decide -> Persuade -> Learn, in that order ...more
Kim’s book offers an approach, mental models, and a point of view that are useful, practical, and applicable for bosses and teams. (Typically I’d say leaders or managers; I’m reflecting her language here out of respect.)
Her writing and approach demonstrate strong awareness of the challenges inherent in this topic: the range o ...more
Here are my notes about this book:
* At apple, we hire people to tell us what to do, not the other way around ...more
I found this inconsistency puz ...more
The key takeaway for me was learning how to move up on the "challenging directly" scale, while still "caring personally". Give people both praise and criticism as often as possible, don't wait for a perf cycle to come, and don't wait for them to ask for feedback. Same thing applies for asking for feedback. The ...more
As an audiobook, I think a professional narrator might have been better.
I get that Kim does a lot of public speaking, but there is something about her voice that just came across as whiny throughout the book. Even knowing the content first-hand, it sounded like a reading.
The book started of pretty well, and the concept of radical candor getting explained was intriguing.
But from about half way it becomes a bit of a drag. Repeating things and steeri ...more
One thing I particular ...more
In addition to the grand strategy of “challenge directly and care personally” the specific tactics Kim Scott offered made a lot of sense and in the months after finishing the book I’ve tried many of them with mild to great success.
One of the things that I liked the most about it was that I really like hearing from people who have worked hard in practical jobs. Too much of our conversation and impression about modern life is driven by precisely the people who know the least about it: academics and creatives. Academics work h ...more
I should have read this book a long time ago. I was happy to find I was doing some of the things, but there were so many more I haven't considered or appreciated in importance. I will be rereading it soon.
The idea is simple – first, you should care personally about the people that report for you, but second, and as important, you should challenge them directly. You're not doing anybody a favour by not telling them when they do ...more
Kim provides a vulnerable, honest and utterly refreshing view of management and the lessons she has learnt along the way. Newl ...more
Kim Scott has had an interesting career, working for several different high profile companies, so it's interesting to hear her perspective ...more
A boss is a boss, a manager is a manager, and while it's true no one wants to work fo ...more
I didn't love everything about this book, but now that I'm done with the library copy I'm ordering one for myself. So that's an automatic five stars.
Loved Kim’s voice and intonation, I even can forgive her neglecting HRs here and there :)
But seriously great advice in every sentence. Must read for everyone working in a team, not just managers. If all people would start moving towards radical candor the world would become a better place.
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Prior to founding Candor, Inc., Kim was a CEO coach at Dropbox, Qualtrics, Twitter, and several other Silicon Valley companies. She was ...more