Radical Candor

Radical Candor

Be A Kick-ass Boss Without Losing your Humanity

Book - 2019
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Baker & Taylor
Updated and revised, the best-selling guide to being a good boss explains how to build better work relationships, create a culture of feedback and build a strong, cohesive team that both gets results and makes everyone proud.

McMillan Palgrave

Featuring a NEW PREFACE, AFTERWORD and Radically Candid PERFORMANCE REVIEW BONUS CHAPTER, the fully revised & updated edition of Radical Candor is packed with even more guidance to help you improve your relationships at work.

Radical Candor has been embraced around the world by leaders of every stripe at companies of all sizes. Now a cultural touchstone, the concept has come to be applied to a wide range of human relationships.

The idea is simple: You don't have to choose between being a pushover and a jerk. Using Radical Candor—avoiding the perils of Obnoxious Aggression, Manipulative Insincerity, and Ruinous Empathy—you can be kind and clear at the same time.

Kim Scott was a highly successful leader at Google before decamping to Apple, where she developed and taught a management class. Since the original publication of Radical Candor in 2017, Scott has earned international fame with her vital approach to effective leadership and co-founded the Radical Candor executive education company, which helps companies put the book's philosophy into practice.

Radical Candor is about caring personally and challenging directly, about soliciting criticism to improve your leadership and also providing guidance that helps others grow. It focuses on praise but doesn't shy away from criticism—to help you love your work and the people you work with.

Radically Candid relationships with team members enable bosses to fulfill their three core responsibilities:
1. Create a culture of Compassionate Candor
2. Build a cohesive team
3. Achieve results collaboratively

Required reading for the most successful organizations, Radical Candor has raised the bar for management practices worldwide.

Publisher: New York : St. Martin's Press, 2019
Edition: Fully revised & updated edition
ISBN: 9781250235374
Branch Call Number: 658.409 Sco849r 2019
Characteristics: xxxi, 297 pages : illustrations ; 25 cm


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Sep 26, 2019

I read this upon the recommendation of my seasoned Engineering Manager. And it didn't disappoint. Kim Scott comes with an extensive experience from many Silicon Valley biggies, so her insights and guidance are worth a shot. That said, even though the book is organized well, it just seems a lot more pedantic than most "guide" styled books. I believe more real life stories and examples would have added much more color and credibility to the topics that are discussed in the book.

While the concept of "Radical Candor" itself is innovative and appealing, and while the graph that divides things on "Challenge Directly" and "Care Personally" quadrants is very sensical and novel way of looking at managing people and team, the explanation of those looks very verbose at times. I guess it mattered that I read this right after Jack Welch's Winning and Adam Bryant's The Corner Office, both of which were very real-life-example heavy, that in turn made the theory the authors were trying to convene both convincing and inspiring.

Some of the unique things like allocating "Think Time" (which I'm totally going to try), "Walking Time" etc are very cool and adoptable, others like Kanban boards already seem old and outdated. The classification of top performers into SuperStars and RockStars made sense too.

I also saw an overwhelming bias (for good, to be fair) towards policies at Google (right from the very beginning of the book where the author writes of her interaction with Larry Page while he was in a meeting with someone else). I particularly liked the story about AdSense cold-calling big firms all the while getting huge number of calls from small-firms.

Overall, I feel this is a one time read, as opposed to be treated as sort of a Reference Guide for first time managers. I think books like this that fall into the "Theory-Example" category needs a lot more examples that there are in this book.

nwhite1 May 03, 2018

I keep hearing about this book! Build great relationships and support your team to do the best work of their lives by learning to challenge directly while showing that you care personally. It has gone to the top of my to read list.


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