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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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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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Great read with relevant and real examples.

Absolutely loved this read. Kim is candid and offers great advice and examples that are easily reflected and practiced. Will definitely be reading this over and over.

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Excellent, practical, and human

Really excellent book.

Her framework for managing difficult scenarios is extremely simple.

I was sick of reading those Silicon Valley books where the author is a saint, and has never made a mistake in their life. Kim details all her learnings from her mistakes, which makes this relatable, as well as practical.

Not a super great audio performance, there are some moments when it’s super clear there’s been a gap in the recording - but I’m being a little nit picky.

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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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  • 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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  • 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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  • Martynas
  • 29-10-2019

Naked truth about management and what we miss

Great read, reminding us us all that management of people is not a privilege, but a hard work with preparation, concision connections and humble outcome.
Very easy to listen as many examples are provided, genuine mistakes discussed.

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  • Fausto Cepeda
  • 25-10-2019

Interesting but not amazing

Normally when I hear a very good book, I keep registering bookmarks. To hear later all the bookmark (clips) later and hear again an idea. Not the case with this book. Many ideas are like evident, many more work maybe in places like Google or Apple (where she worked), not in a government environment for example where you don't have the flexibility of this companies. So I don't remember a single idea that I would like to implement with my team (I am in charge of 10 people), or something that I would think is a good idea to try. So, it an "ok" book and maybe you can implement ideas in your place and you have the flexibility to do it. For me, after hearing it, and if I had the chance, I would prefer not to have read it.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 27-07-2019

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
  • 16-06-2019

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
  • 13-05-2019

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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  • 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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  • BRENDAN NUGENT
  • 29-05-2019

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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  • 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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  • Andris Racko
  • 12-12-2019

10 of 10 points! Must know!

Ease to listen, wery practical, based on knolidge and experience. Precise and reliable facta! Have listen this book many times!
Everibody, not only bosses should be using Radical Candor! 😉

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  • paul roderick
  • 11-12-2019

good book. it was some of the tips straight away!

I really enjoyed the book very informative especially like the reflective parts and the repetition that helped you remember the advice.

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  • Chade Kalyan Mckoy
  • 06-12-2019

great book enjoyed it a lot

if you are thinking about management or work in management this book will be useful.

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  • Ollie
  • 06-11-2019

Makes Management Fun Again!

I've been a manager now for around 3 years. It was exciting when I first started but as time went on, it felt slow and boring. I started considering side stepping to a non-management role until this book was recommended to me.

Radical Candor has a strong perspective on how much influence you can have as a manager. How you support your direct reports to be at their best and how you can make yourself be at your best.

Great read and a lot of learnings to take away. Thanks Kim! 😁

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  • Eliot Prince
  • 03-11-2019

Excllent insights in levelling up your management

Really fascinating as Kim guides you through way to improve you communication as a manager and leader. Filled with personal experiences and insight into how amazing companies inspire, motivate and communicate with employees