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Radical Candor

Be a Kick-Ass Boss Without Losing Your Humanity
Written by: Kim Scott
Narrated by: Kim Scott
Length: 9 hrs and 23 mins
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Now a New York Times bestseller 

This program is read by the author. 

From the time we learn to speak, we're told that if you don't have anything nice to say, don't say anything at all. When you become a manager, it's your job to say it--and your obligation. 

Author Kim Scott was an executive at Google and then at Apple, where she developed a class on how to be a good boss. She has earned growing fame in recent years with her vital new approach to effective management, Radical Candor

Radical Candor is a simple idea: to be a good boss, you have to Care Personally at the same time that you Challenge Directly. When you challenge without caring its obnoxious aggression; when you care without challenging its ruinous empathy. When you do neither its manipulative insincerity. 

This simple framework can help you build better relationships at work, and fulfill your three key responsibilities as a leader: creating a culture of feedback (praise and criticism), building a cohesive team, and achieving results you're all proud of. 

Radical Candor offers a guide to those bewildered or exhausted by management, written for bosses and those who manage bosses. Taken from years of the author's experience, and distilled clearly giving actionable lessons to the reader; it shows managers how to be successful while retaining their humanity, finding meaning in their job, and creating an environment where people both love their work and their colleagues. 

PLEASE NOTE: When you purchase this title, the accompanying reference material will be available in your My Library section along with the audio.

©2017 Kim Scott (P)2017 Macmillan Audio

What the critics say

" Radical Candor is packed with illuminating truths, insightful advice, and practical suggestions, all illustrated with engaging (and often funny) stories from Kim Scott's own experiences at places like Apple, Google, and various start-ups. Indispensable." (Gretchen Rubin author of New York Times bestseller The Happiness Project)
"Reading Radical Candor will help you build, lead, and inspire teams to do the best work of their lives. Kim Scott's insights...-will help you be a better leader and create a more effective organization." (Sheryl Sandberg, author of the New York Times bestseller Lean In)
"Kim Scott has a well-earned reputation as a kick-ass boss and a voice that CEOs take seriously. In this remarkable book, she draws on her extensive experience to provide clear and honest guidance on the fundamentals of leading others: how to give (and receive) feedback, how to make smart decisions, how to keep moving forward, and much more. If you manage people--whether it be 1 person or a 1,000--you need Radical Candor. Now." (Daniel Pink author of New York Times bestseller Drive)

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Great insights into leadership and coaching

The idea and framework for leadership development proposed by Kim Scott in radical candor is very intuitive and practical. has impacted my career in continuous improvement and all the coaching I do in a meaningful way.

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Kim Scott delivered a great Audible experience

The quality of the delivery along with the wealth of knowledge I was able to gain made this a must listen. Her experience and ability to give examples of how to make her ideas work in culturally different corporate environments made it simple to find personally usable and relatable content.

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Every leader should listen to this!

I first realized the value and importance of candor when reading Jack Welsh's book Winning. Just Say It is one of our Core Values and Kim Scott does an amazing job of communicating why it's so important!

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Simple truths explained with lots of examples

I devoured this book and have recommended it to my senior leadership team as well as managers. We are evolving the company culture and improving performance bit by bit.

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Moving Culture and Climate in a robust direction

Loved it. Easy to listen to Kim's stories of growth and leadership. Easy to recommend.

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  • JL
  • 2018-09-19

Lots to learn

The pacing of the book was a bit slow, but the information and content was bang on.
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  • RC
  • 2018-09-18

Interesting and practical real life examples

The performance of this #Audible1 book is ok. The content is fantastic. I enjoyed the real life experiences shared by the author, Kim Scott, about the importance of establishing good relationships with colleagues so she can be radically candor.

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High recommend

Great read and very insightful. This should be shared with all employees by the senior leaders within each organization. #Audible1

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A good read to manage/lead workplace

A very informative and good read about work culture and how to lead and win as a leader! #Audible1

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i'm sure i will revisit the lessons here again

as a business owner and manager of people. this is something that i feel is the important way to treat/ manage people to become the best that they can be. great book. #Audible1

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  • Matt Lavallee
  • North Grafton, MA
  • 2018-02-03

Very good content, rough narration

The book is largely a collection of very good common sense practices for modern managers. Insightful with many examples. Not every author has the voice, pace, and tone for narration... hers become noticeable after an hour and detract from the content.

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  • Chris
  • 2018-02-02

Good book but hard to listen to.

Great content but I found the authors voice very hard to listen to for long. I think it was a bad call to have the author read the book. The quality of the content was overshadowed by the voice.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 2017-04-11

Awesome

I listened to this via audio and then bought the hard copy for reference. Kim does an awesome job of iterating and reiterating key points to managing people, work relationships and yourself to achieve success. Her frank style with lots of examples were clear and easy to comprehend. There are new concepts woven in with more classic ones and ones that are probably in your head as common sense, but in a way that feels very actionable. I will listen to this again.

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  • ipmcfarland
  • 2018-01-30

Great content. Delivery?

I love everything about the content in this book, and generally prefer the author reading, but it was a bit choppy. In fairness, mine would be decidedly worse in delivery...she’s clearly brilliant, she’s just not a professional voice actor.

Great stories and lessons though. Will likely buy the book and go through it again.

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  • Alex M Rutkowski
  • MARINA DEL REY, CA, United States
  • 2018-02-03

Good content - bad narration

For a book about direct feedback, I am surprised that nobody was radically candid with Kim Scott about her narration abilities. This book has some good lessons but I had to stop listening after a few chapters of this monotone, nasally narration. She should have used a professional narrator!

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  • Samantha
  • New York, NY, United States
  • 2017-03-30

So helpful!

As a newer manager who wants to be "nice," I found the advice in Radical Candor to be especially helpful. Hearing it in Kim Scott's voice was like having her there to coach me through it.

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  • Joe
  • Metro Washington DC Area
  • 2017-09-21

Mostly Amazing

I read this book before bed, and listened during my commute, so I was able to blaze through it very quickly, and loved it. Much of what Kim Scott had to say about Radical Candor felt a lot like common sense to me (fortunately, I'm already doing a lot of what she suggests), which was great, as it reinforced those actions. I also learned a lot about a handful of things I was doing wrong (such as holding on to my criticism or praise until the next 1 on 1) and taught me several new tricks. Overall, a fantastic read.

This is, however, more proof that authors shouldn't read their own work. Kim Scott is a marvelous speaker. I've enjoyed several videos featuring her. And there are shining moments within this audiobook where she is talking to us, not reading. However, the majority of the book it sounds very much like she's reading to us. Very halting and unnatural. Not unpalatable by any means, but this great book would have been much better served with a professional voice actor.

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  • allarminda
  • 2017-05-19

Hire a Professional Reader

The book is good. There are lots of wonderful insights, ideas and strategies to test. But the author should not be the one reading this. Do yourself a favor and read the physical copy before listening.

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  • J. Shipp
  • 2017-06-19

Narration Terrible

The readers shrill and nasal voice makes this book very stressful to listen to. Her robotic meter, blurting out words, sentences, and sometimes syllables in fits and starts reminds me of a high schooler reading unknown material at a presentation. I cannot even get past the beginning of the book. Im sure the narrator is a nice person, but her presentation in this audio book with her vocal properties, I liken to Stevie Wonder as a taxi driver.

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  • Terry K. Schmitt
  • 2017-04-11

A must read for all managers, leaders and entrepreneurs

Addresses the problems of how to generate a culture of being candid. This commonsense approach along with the actionable "how to" is sorely needed in today's extremely over dramatic culture of political correctness. A field manual on how to navigate the rules and the relationships of your direct reports. A how-to guide in developing your entire workforce.

Beyond that it was an interesting story that compares how radical candor can work in two extremely different organizational cultures. As in the do it now and then "ask for forgiveness" culture of Google and the precise and design "Measure twice cut once " orientated culture of Apple.

A must read.

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