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Radical Candor

How to Get What You Want by Saying What You Mean
By: Kim Scott
Narrated by: Kim Scott
Length: 9 hrs and 23 mins
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Summary

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 firsthand, it is a disaster when adopted by managers in the workplace.

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 strong relationships 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 firsthand experience, and distilled clearly to give actionable lessons to the listener, 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 and their colleagues and are motivated to strive to ever greater success.

©2017 Kim Scott (P)2017 Macmillan Digital Audio

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  • LC
  • 25-04-19

Valuable practical advice for managers on feedback

Gives extensive actionable advice on getting and giving feedback for managers, and also for non-managers. Backed up with plenty of examples.

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  • Dongxu
  • CAMBRIDGE, United Kingdom
  • 16-05-19

Not a pleasant narrator

I personally can’t bear with the voice of the narrator. I almost stopped listening because of it. Check out yourself before you buy the audio book. Content is solid though.

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How to be a kickass boss

The author is refreshingly honest about her own mistakes, failures and eventual successes at Apple and Google that led her to write this manual to being a kick-ass boss that can’t fail to inspire brilliant work from their teams.

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true wisdom

this is possibly the most useful advice book on communication I have read in some time. something I have always practiced and now I understand better why it works so well

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Really helpful and practical tips

Radical Candor has some really good strategies that can be implemented at work immediately to test out and see how it affects your team. I've found it really useful to understand better where the line is between say too much, not saying enough, and what you should be asking.

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Horrible narration

I'm struggling to get through this because the narration is jarring. It's a shame because the content is good. Might dump the audiobook and buy the paperback.

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Please use professional narrator

Authors are very good a writing words, most are not natural narrators. This is particularly difficult task with a strong American accent. Self-narrating doesn’t add to a book, a decent narrator does. However I enjoyed the book and useful content for being effective.

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Repetitive and a dreadful voice......

Some good, if not new concepts in this book. There are far better books out there. Way too much reference to her former employer. Other books give a broader perspective than this one.

However the voice is simply awful. Would have been better to get someone else to read this. Put me off......it has taken me far longer to listen to it as I can only take this voice in very small amounts.....


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Listen to sample first!!

I gave up on first chapter. Sounds like Rosie O’Donnell reading to you. I couldn’t face 9hrs of it.

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A lot of great advice here

I just don't understand why there are so many bad bosses out there when even a couple of suggestions from this book would make the world a better place

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  • Anonymous User
  • 21-06-18

Great read!

This book helps you to better communicate with people even if you're not a manager. The rules described here should be used both in professional and private life at they will help you to dramatically increase relations with others.

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  • Javier Gonel
  • 19-06-18

Very Interesting. A bit too long

Amazing business book on how to be a manager. Management 101 you could say. It talks about the basics and core practices of being a good manager.

My only grief is that it felt too long compared to other books. Perhaps it was how stories were mixed with theory that it felt longer than it was.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 27-07-19

The best book ever

I loved this book, I recommend it to every manager. I guarantee that you find at least one interesting thing you should change in your managerial style.

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  • Jasson
  • 16-06-19

Helpful Framework, Poor Narration

The framework presented in Radical Candor is useful to keep conversations genuine and on track.

While the author wrote a helpful book, she should not have narrated it. A skilled narrator would have made this book much more enjoyable.

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  • Anders redander
  • 13-05-19

It has good concepts. Other books tell it better

It was a good book. Boils down the concepts and gives you a walk around the topics all great managers should know about. A recommended read. For me, for example, managertools.,Com book covered about the same but in more easy to implement ways.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 06-01-19

Useful guidelines

It was so good I bought the hard copy to look better into recommened guidelines in the book

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  • Caitlin Hilditch
  • 19-12-18

Lots of sensible advice...

Lots of sensible advice. Good to read a book that re-enforces the real benefits of being a caring, "human" boss.

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  • Splento Photographers On Demand
  • 07-10-18

Straight To Must Read List

I got recommended this book by a potential employee during an interview. Decided to give it a go - loved every bit of it. This book made it straight to our SPLENTO MUST READ LIST, that all Splento’s employees are encourages to read and all super-stars undoubtedly will read.

Highly recommend it!

Roman
CEO, Splento

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  • Mauro Locarnini
  • 27-08-18

A practical guide to create high performing healthy work cultures

really like this book as it focuses on helping people grow through good feedback in all directions. Implementing a radical candor culture will help you achieve a psychologically safe work environment which according to the Aristotle project at google is the single common feature of highly effective teams. It is filled with easy to relate stories which are not simple anecdotal entertainment but illustrate perfectly well the operating principles. It also makes a good use of many simple techniques developed throughout the Silicon Valley putting them together in an excellently orchestrates fashion.

When reading the book I found for the first time an external support to my pledges against the hype on identifying high potentials in organizations and instead understanding the phenomenon as growth trajectories. It still has a slight bias towards younger people which I believe is not always true. Some people need to gain experience in many fields until they can put all these experiences together and move into a steep growth trajectory.

I highly recommend this book specially to Managers and HR professionals that struggle to find their way into creating highly performing cultures.

The only minus would be the pitch of the narrator that can be at times a bit annoying.

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  • Diego Plentz
  • 21-07-18

Best book for manager I’ve ever read

Kim does a incredible job describing techniques and solutions to solve a lot of problems that probably every manager faces.