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Radical Candor

How to Get What You Want by Saying What You Mean
Written by: Kim Scott
Narrated by: Kim Scott
Length: 9 hrs and 23 mins
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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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Radical candid way of management

shows importance of redical candor, care personally, debate, one-one and challenging team for better result.

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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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  • 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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  • Martynas
  • 29-10-19

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
  • 25-10-19

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
  • 27-07-19

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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  • Dongxu
  • 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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  • 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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  • Tom
  • 09-01-20

good info, hard to listen to it

to be honest, if I hadn't heard great things about the book I would have put it down as the voice is not pleasant to listen to and makes it hard to stay focused. saying that, when I could tune in the information was incredibly valuable so I'm glad I stuck with it.

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  • Ollie
  • 06-11-19

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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  • Catherine Green
  • 16-01-19

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
  • 13-12-18

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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  • Tom Whiteley
  • 17-05-20

Great book, but annoying performance

I wish someone had the Radical Candor to tell Kim that she shouldn’t narrate her own book. But otherwise, it’s great for people aspiring to be top managers.

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  • Mr. B. D. Leatherman
  • 25-04-20

Pleasently surprised!

I got this for help with my communication skills when talking to my direct reports but it goes into so much more. Will start implementing a lot of this come Monday morning!

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  • Mr. A. J. Dunworth
  • 05-04-20

Good Matrix, Too Much Politics

The matrix is good and thought provoking but you can really ascertain this from the cover without having to read the book. In fact I was quite disappointed by the contents considering such an interesting matrix as the premise.

The book spend unfortunately is laden with silicon valley identity politics and less about management in many ways.
If one can overlook the 60% of the book being about this, there is a few gems in here but one could ascertain most of that by looking at the matrix without further context.


There is plenty of better titles to read before reaching for this one.

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  • Artem Syromiatnikov
  • 04-03-20

Great management book

This book offers a lot of helpful insight on the topic, covering proper mindset and explanation for how to approach different situations, and also some great examples and stories.
The narration could be far better though. The voice is harsh, even barking, which kept irritating me throughout entire book.

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  • Garry Luke
  • 27-02-20

A great book if you’re a boss

A must read if you are a boss or manage people. Kim’s experiences at big companies like Apple and google are invaluable.
Her reading is also great!
Highly recommend.

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  • Sue
  • 27-12-19

Very worthwhile for anyone who manages a team

I found this book abundant with good advice and a-ha moments. If you are a manager, business owner or responsible for any kind of team then this book is a must. By the end I found myself thinking, ‘what’s the first thing to implement, where do I start?’ and then Kim carefully provides the step by step list on how to get started!

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  • Monica Watt
  • 13-10-19

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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  • Anonymous User
  • 08-06-19

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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  • Roger Eduardo
  • 19-09-18

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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  • Paul
  • 13-09-18

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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  • Greg Collins
  • 14-08-18

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.