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  • How to Get What You Want by Saying What You Mean
  • Written by: Kim Scott
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  • Length: 9 hrs and 23 mins
  • 4.6 out of 5 stars (101 ratings)

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Radical Candor

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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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Grounding Experience

Listening to Radical candor was clearly a grounding experience. I was able to introspect my behaviour throughout my 8 years of work life. This book definitely has a great impact on me and I really think that my behavior would be changed for good and people would be able to notice it too. Such an awesome book!!

I always love to be grounded, and I am sure I will listen to it again and again, especially when I lack empathy, whenever my actions are not appropriate to the people around.

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Jim was my Mentor through out this book

Many new things came from this book which we might be doing it wrong.
What exactly is FEEDBACK has been explained so well in this book.

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Useful but lengthy

The book has good ideas and useful advice but I felt that it is too lengthy.

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very practical book must read

this book must be made mandatory for anyone leading a team to promote a culture of caring personally and being radically candid

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Good read to build long lasting work relationships

Some really good insights from authors experience. Easy to implement. Most of the important material resides in initial chapters of the book. some of the later part gets a bit repetitive and less value add.

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excellent book for managers

Practical examples made this book gripping., a must read for all managers. Strong story telling.

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Manager focused, but a great book

Manager focused, but a great book for even folks working in the an IC role.

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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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • AndersR
  • 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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  • 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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  • Anonymous User
  • 11-08-22

gives a different perspective on being honest

really great book, blowing away any fears that you may have about honesty in the workplace

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  • Jafar
  • 07-07-22

Chapter titles missing

Chapter titles are missing from the audio book which makes it really hard to navigate and build a mental map for the book. Please fix, Audible!

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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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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 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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  • BRENDAN NUGENT
  • 29-05-19

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.....


Disappointed.......

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  • A. McKechnie
  • 05-05-19

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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  • James Coombs
  • 29-04-22

Interesting concept - could've been a blog

Two things for me:
1. Like most of these types of types of books, the author thinks she's stumbled across something so mind-blowing that it needs a huge book about it. Don't get me wrong, the concept is interesting and I've found it useful in my day to day, but it could've been about two sides of A4. There's a short YouTube video that explains the concept (also by Kim Scott) that gets the main thrust across concisely in about 5 mins...I'd do that.
2. Perhaps it's my British sensibility, but the author's voice is incredibly difficult to listen to. The mid-west drawl is a bit much for me - perhaps a personal thing but it grated to the point that I lost my concentration a fair amount and had to stop listening every so often.


As I say, great idea, useful concept, didn't need to be a book and needed a different VO artist.

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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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  • Sax C.
  • 27-12-21

Great book but it’s missing a PDF with the meditations

A gripping and inspiring transformation story packed into a small book. Well read story by the author.

Unfortunately, the book doesn’t come with a PDF with all the meditation at the end of each chapter. Without a writer cheat sheet it’s difficult to follow them.

Please to make the audio book complete. Thank you.

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  • Julia
  • 18-05-21

Simple but highly effective and valuable advice

Kim gives simple advice about dealing with tricky conversations through becoming a leader who listens and values others and in turn, achieves great outcomes! Excellent examples of her interesting career life!
I wish there was a PDF of the information displayed in tables or graphics as an extra.

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  • SimonSmiley
  • 25-01-23

Excellent book

Really interesting - directly relating to my job as a manager and a huge amount I can take away to improve my day to day role

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  • Brenda
  • 19-10-22

started well but then it got repetitive and boring

I couldn't finish it. it was 3 hours too long, but I did get some good ideas.

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  • Ricardo Monteiro
  • 01-04-22

It would be helpful to have the chapter titles.

I struggled later trying to find the a specific title because someone decided to not write the chapter titles.

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  • Stan Zaslavsky
  • 24-03-22

great listen for a better team culture

Need to listen to this again and again for better team culture. Kim does a great job of explaining her concepts with powerful case studies along the way

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  • GreenAsJade
  • 15-09-21

Must-listen content for new managers

Kim has fantastic experience and very clear ideas about how to have a good relationship with employees and your employer.

I wish I had had this book when I started.

The only mistake here is that she decided to read it herself. A good manager is not necessarily a good book-reader, and the idea that "if I read it myself it will be more genuine" is mistaken. The content was so good I listened anyhow.

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  • Rebound Health
  • 12-07-21

Narration

Great content but it has to be narrated by another person. It sonded like a monotone.

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  • Kindle Customer
  • 25-06-21

Game changer

I really loved the book. it helped me understand myself and what kind of leader I want to be.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 27-10-20

great guide

Easy to get though, excellent advice and well structured to help, great book for all leaders in any industry