Radical Candor: Fully Revised & Updated Edition

Be a Kick-Ass Boss Without Losing Your Humanity
By: Kim Scott
Narrated by: Teri Schnaubelt
Length: 11 hrs and 17 mins
Categories: Business, Management
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Featuring a new preface, afterword, and radically candid performance review bonus chapter, the fully revised and 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 listening for the most successful organizations, Radical Candor has raised the bar for management practices worldwide.

©2019 Kim Scott (P)2019 Macmillan Audio

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Odd Beginning in Revised Ed but Stick with it

The beginning was a little off-putting because the author was just complaining about ignorant/ill reception or demonstration of the intent of her book. For those of us that hadn’t read the first one, it felt like an awkward place to start.

Once the book began outright, it held a lot of great information. I suppose I can understand how some wouldn’t catch on, but I felt it was very articulate and that it’s practicable guidance for anyone...even for those just working alone on themselves.

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Candid, Empathetic and Clear

This is a real 'How To' from someone who's done it at different levels and in varying settings.
Kim's experience is tangible and prescriptive while at the same highly humanized.
Her experience at Google, Apple and Juice touts the best of each of these bastions of modern day management excellence, which often present as infallible, however she provides a bird's eye view of some of their limitations and where their philosophical tenets start to falter as organizations scale.
Kim shows a great deal of ownership and vulnerability in her candor and gives clear step by step instructions on how to implement radical candor.
I have only read the revised version. However, from the introduction, I think her revisions address some key misinterpretations of the original book. For that reason, I recommend the revised version of the book.
This is another invaluable read for any leader (whether in management or an individual contributor) who wants to gro themselves and their organization in an honest and caring way founded on FAIRNESS.
Great book.
Regards,
DG

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Bleghhhh

Rubbed me the wrong way. Only made it halfway through the first chapter. Maybe I’ll try again later.

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Great business communication book

Good, solid communication book. Novel framework, timeless advice, relevant & entertaining anecdotes.

In response to some other reviews, I didn't think the intro was whiny or that there was excessive name-dropping.

I took off a star because there really should be an accompanying PDF accessable from the ToC. That might seem petty, but this book has several charts that the narrator had to describe instead of reference. Not a big deal for ones that don't have many elements, but not all fall into that category.

The narrator reminds me of Kitty from Dharma & Greg.

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Radical candor done well. narrated well.

I recommend this for all people managers.. especially those just getting started. The silicon valley company cultures quoted in the book make the book interesting 🙂

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Chapter 6 Treasure Chest

Love this book and have listened to chapter 6 three times. Great read or listen for anyone leader or not.

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Interesting

There are some really good concepts in this book. However the narrator really turned me off to the book. Once I actually picked the book up and started reading, I had a much better opinion on the book

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Leadership ideas

Good business book with loads of practical and insightful ways to increase a better work culture. The narrator was difficult to listen to, with an arrogant tone, but once past that, the information was good.

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this was a great breakdown for leadership and creating the structure necessary to build that foundation

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Excellent content; better as physical text

The content was incredible, and I'll be returning to this text over and over in my career and personal life. As an audiobook, it's dense and long, and definitely better to read physically and jot notes in.