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Radical Candor

Be a Kickass Boss Without Losing Your Humanity

By Kim Scott
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Radical Candor by Kim Scott

Radical Candor (2017) offers valuable tools that any team leader or manager can use to establish the best possible relationship with their employees. You’ll find an insightful approach to management that creates a working environment where great ideas emerge, and individuals can reach their full potential. It’s time to stop doubting yourself and become the kickass boss your employees will be proud to follow.

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Radical candor develops strong and beneficial relationships between managers and employees.

Are you the kind of manager who arrives at the office feeling joyful and excited about the opportunity to shepherd your team through another great day of work?

This may not be an accurate description of your current routine, but it’s a good example of how things could be once you start using radical candor.

At the heart of radical candor are two principles: a manager should personally care about their employees and challenge them in their work.

While it’s true that there are no simple solutions guaranteed to work for everyone, these principles are a great way of developing trusting relationships in the workplace. And even though different people have unique personalities and reactions, radical candor can help any manager improve their relationship with just about any employee.

So, the first step is to become more than just a coworker by establishing personal relationships that prove you genuinely care. This means opening up, sharing and talking about more than just business. Contrary to what some may think, a good working relationship is a highly personal one.

However, a good manager must also be willing to challenge their employees when they’re not meeting expectations.

This can be difficult for managers. Being candid and direct doesn’t always feel like friendly and caring behavior. But as we’ll explore further, challenging your staff to be their best is indeed the hallmark of a boss who truly cares.

We’ll also look at the many benefits radical candor has for performance and office culture.

By being honest and direct with your employees, you’ll find that new lines of communication readily open up. Staff will be quick and willing to accept your feedback, and they’ll feel free to offer feedback regarding your work as team leader.

This attitude will spread throughout your workforce. When you’re radically candid with your staff, they’ll soon become radically candid among themselves, which makes for a healthy, productive and efficient work environment.

So, now that you know the basic principles let’s dive in and have a closer look.

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