Now a New York Times bestseller
This program is read by the author.
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 developed 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 its obnoxious aggression; when you care without challenging its ruinous empathy. When you do neither its 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.
©2017 Kim Scott (P)2017 Macmillan Audio
"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...-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)
I own hundreds of business books, from those rooted in economics and science, classics like Napoleon Hill/7xHabits/BlueOcean strategy, magazines like the economist/HBR/Forbes and a host of other interesting and thought provoking titles covering teams, strategy and management. As a relatively young CEO I'm always on the lookout for new knowledge, models and innovative strategies.
It's fair to say that a when I read many books I find myself thinking "yep" "obvious" "fine" a and the obvious question - how? How do I do this? How is his relevant?
Without going into the details, this is one of very few books where rather than answer with implausible scenarios or motivational ideals (e.g. Realize your dreams) - this book kind of serves as a literary mentor. It's real world and *convincing* examples - because they're real - do far more to help you learn and improve than any reference material or evangelistic title ever would.
Overall - this book is excellent. Evidenced by the fact that I rarely offer reviews but this was truly excellent. If mentoring is possible through an audiobook, this is it.
As a newer manager who wants to be "nice," I found the advice in Radical Candor to be especially helpful. Hearing it in Kim Scott's voice was like having her there to coach me through it.
"Excellent First Half"
The first half of this book offers great recommendations that could apply to any workplace, but the second half is dedicated to specific recommendations for large corporate workplaces. This might cause you to lose engagement if you don't work in that type of environment, but it was still fairly interesting. The quality of the first half of the book alone makes this one worthwhile.
I think this audiobook would have benefited from a professional reader or from more editing, as the reader (the author) stumbled over her own words at times and was a little unclear at times.
"Solid advice. Way too long/repetitive. Soul crushing narration."
I wish the author would have received some radical candor from her publisher and editor.
Amazing information. Got off the rails a bit for me when she got into the feminist rants. I'm sure it bolstered her ideas for some but to me the overall information was strong enough on its own. High quality data though.
"I wish this had been available decades ago."
You have to go back decades to find a book that, from a business sense, it's as good as this. I'm thinking 7 habits from decades ago. May be as important as Drucker. Gives insight on how you can manage the millennial mind in today's environments.
"Amazing story and amazing content. Rough voice"
I have never made more bookmarks in audible than I did in this book. The tidbits of information and amazing advice was well worth the read. Unfortunately, the voice of the reader almost made you quit multiple times. I think Kim is a wonderful business women with experience and amazing business acumen. But she should've had someone else read her book. Radical candor is great.
I listened to this via audio and then bought the hard copy for reference. Kim does an awesome job of iterating and reiterating key points to managing people, work relationships and yourself to achieve success. Her frank style with lots of examples were clear and easy to comprehend. There are new concepts woven in with more classic ones and ones that are probably in your head as common sense, but in a way that feels very actionable. I will listen to this again.
"A must read for all managers, leaders and entrepreneurs"
Addresses the problems of how to generate a culture of being candid. This commonsense approach along with the actionable "how to" is sorely needed in today's extremely over dramatic culture of political correctness. A field manual on how to navigate the rules and the relationships of your direct reports. A how-to guide in developing your entire workforce.
Beyond that it was an interesting story that compares how radical candor can work in two extremely different organizational cultures. As in the do it now and then "ask for forgiveness" culture of Google and the precise and design "Measure twice cut once " orientated culture of Apple.
A must read.
"Radical Candor book kicks ass!"
It confirmed some of the things I am doing.
It gave me a lot more things to work on to make myself better.
Kim herself. She went through both her successes and failures with each job. That makes me feel that my failures are just learning to be better.
I enjoyed when she talked about "flying off the handle" and writing the email then finding out she did not understand the full picture.
Yes. I wish I could have, but it was broken up in 45 minute increments from work to home and home to work each day. The time in between did give me time to reflect on her words. That might have even made it better.
Fantastic! Thanks for sharing everything you did. Great book! Taught me a lot!!
Was really hoping for more, but was really disappointed. There is much to use in the book, but it could have been said in 2 hours max, everything else was chaff.
The authors speech coaching did not help, her voice is really not suited for this medium.
Humility is knowing what you excel at and playing to your strength.
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