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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
5 out of 5 stars (62 ratings)
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Publisher's 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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a must for people's leaders

It is always a pleasure to listen to a book narrated by the author. the book is very good at explaining the concepts and how to apply it. I recommend you to listen but have a copy of the book as there are many charts, tables and draws. The narrative description of charts is not the best experience to internalise a concept. I believe I will "read" this book again.

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Great start for a new team-leader

As a professional who has recently been assigned a team of direct reports I found this incredibly helpful. It helped highlight the behaviours that I had overlooked as the root characteristics of both poor and great bosses.

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Listening to the book is the first step

It’s a great book and Kim is clearly a very impressive individual. I often felt I had such a long way to go when listening to her stories.

Lots of actions though and I will be putting aside further time to plan out the actions that need to come.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 21-06-2018

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
  • 19-06-2018

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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  • Anders redander
  • 13-05-2019

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
  • 06-01-2019

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
  • 19-12-2018

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
  • 07-10-2018

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
  • 27-08-2018

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
  • 21-07-2018

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
  • 07-07-2018

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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  • Xavier de Carvalho
  • 29-05-2018

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.

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  • LC
  • 25-04-2019

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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  • Vanessa Henfrey
  • 01-04-2019

recommended for managers and leaders

straight forward advice for managers tackling the heart of why it's really hard to be a manager and or a leader, and how to get the best out of people professionally. I asked for this to be added to our extended leadership team reading list.

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  • Dongxu
  • 16-05-2019

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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  • Catherine Green
  • 16-01-2019

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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  • A. Forsythe
  • 13-12-2018

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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  • Ms. S. K. Baker
  • 22-05-2019

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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  • A. McKechnie
  • 05-05-2019

Awful screechy narration - nails on a blackboard

I had to stop this after a minute or two as the author narrator’s voice is so grating that it is impossible to listen to. Similar to nails on a blackboard.

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  • lisa
  • 29-04-2019

Poor quality audio

Im not sure why the quality of this audio is a bit hissy like its compressed badly. It really distracts from whats being read.

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  • Mr David Igoe
  • 16-10-2018

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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  • Brian OC
  • 13-09-2018

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.