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Radical Candor: Fully Revised and Updated Edition: How to Get What You Want by Saying What You Mean Paperback – 29 October 2019
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The old adage is ingrained in us that if you don't have anything nice to say then don't say anything at all. While this advice may work for home life, as Kim Scott has seen first hand, it is a disaster when adopted by managers in the work place.
Scott earned her stripes as a highly successful manager at Google before moving to Apple where she developed a class on optimal management. Radical Candor draws directly on her experiences at these cutting edge companies to reveal a new approach to effective management that delivers huge success by inspiring teams to work better together by embracing fierce conversations.
Radical Candor is the sweet spot between managers who are obnoxiously aggressive on the one side and ruinously empathetic on the other. It is about providing guidance, which involves a mix of praise as well as criticism - delivered to produce better results and help employees develop their skills and boundaries of success.
Great bosses have a strong relationship with their employees, and Scott has identified three simple principles for building better relationships with your employees: make it personal, get stuff 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. Drawing on years of first hand experience, and distilled clearly to give actionable lessons to the reader, Radical Candor shows how to be successful while retaining your integrity and humanity. Radical Candor is the perfect handbook for those who are looking to find meaning in their job and create an environment where people both love their work, their colleagues and are motivated to strive to ever greater success.
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 the New York Times bestseller The Happiness Project
- Publisher : Pan (29 October 2019)
- Language : English
- Paperback : 336 pages
- ISBN-10 : 1529038340
- ISBN-13 : 978-1529038347
- Dimensions : 12.9 x 2.2 x 19.7 cm
- Best Sellers Rank: 5,248 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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I particularly liked the GSD (get stuff done) model and the use of it with all the many meetings leaders have in chapter 8.
I liked the second half because it is all about applying the philosophies of 'radical candor' that is the first half.
I agree with the author that relationships leaders have with their direct reports greatly impacts their relationships with their direct reports. This book is full of great ideas to build and grow relationships of high value and mutual reward in the workplace, at home and everywhere in general
Reviewed in Australia on 23 December 2021
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Feedback is such a simple thing, but so hard for individuals and teams to get right without conscious practice. Radical Candor is an accessible and compelling companion for anyone trying to improve this aspect of their work.
I highlighted many passages and shared them with colleagues as I read this book - a sign that reading it was time well-spent.
Being too open and/or too candid in the office rather is a hindrance and not appreciated. Actually, being too open to your boss and/or coworkers opens the door for jealousy and backstabbing which is a threat to any career. (Of course, other people's experiences may vary.)