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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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Hugely inspirational

After I got past the strong accent and the first few chapters this book really hit its stride: receiving feedback, delivering feedback, hiring, firing, building teams. An essential for engineering managers.

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Outstanding advice easily put into practice

Kim has worked with the best at Google and Apple and we get a real insight to emerging management practices. If you want fulfilled engaged employees, please read.

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Exceptional practical advice

The author trully knows how to make her advice resonate with the reader. The book is packed with personal stories and realistic suggestions on improving one's effectiveness as a manager. I have learnt much from this, eg the value of praise and how to give it constructively, and I have already changed my ways to reflect this. I highly recommend this book as well as the radical candor podcast.

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Very helpful to reflect on own leadership and has actionable content too

Recommend for all managers that are keen to get the best out of their teams. There is a lot of content but you will find something in each chapter that will resonate and make you reflect on your own managerial habits. It’s easy to follow with a lot of example stories coming from her personal experience at Google and Apple. Will re-listen some chapters and actually considering to buy the hard copy too so I can browse through it from time to time - very keen to start implementing some of her recommendations. This book got me more excited to be a manager and more confident I, too, am able to get the best out of my team.

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Must read for new and seasoned line manager.

Learn to Care Personally and Challenge Directly from a position of relationship. Easy read with practical application.

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Tales from the top

a top Google, apple, Twitter senior manager teachers how she became a great manager teaching others to be great managers

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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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  • 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 Pires 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.

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  • Djordje
  • 07-07-18

how to become a boss people love working with

it is really useful
clear yet unprescriptive
firat part is a story
then some usefull what happend and why does it matter
then you have exaples and dos and donts
its not just about how to speak with people on your level or across your levels in your organisation its a starter ob ypur journey of becoming a leader or working with leaders
i loved it

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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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  • Xavier de Carvalho
  • 29-05-18

Young Bosses Should Read This

Packed with a number of useful experiences to draw off of and learn from. It's helped me gain a better understanding of the different nuances and behaviours I observe in the workplace on a daily basis. It's taught me a valuable lesson about when to speak up, and when to let go. A very welcome addition to my collection, and to my list of recommendations.