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Radical Candor: Be a Kick-Ass Boss Without Losing Your Humanity

Kim Scott

At a glance:

The book addresses a common challenge that many managers face: how to be an effective leader while also being kind and compassionate to the people they lead. Kim provides a framework for "radical candor" to help managers strike the right balance between being direct and honest in their communication, while also being empathetic and understanding of their employees. This approach can help to create a more productive and positive work environment, where employees feel respected, valued and supported.

It also emphasizes the importance of empathy, self-awareness, and humility in leadership. Overall, the book aims to help managers become more effective leaders while also being kind and human to the people they lead.

Key takeaways:

"Radical candor is both a clear and kind, it's not mean and not manipulative, not sweet and not sour, not bitter and not syrupy."

"The best way to show you care is to deliver results that matter to the people you care about."
"The highest form of intelligence is empathy."

"The most important thing you can do as a leader is to create a culture of candor, where people feel safe to speak truthfully and respectfully."

"The only way to build a culture of radical candor is to be radically candid yourself."

"The first step to radical candor is to get your own head on straight."

"When you're radically candid, you're helping your team members to be better, happier, and more productive people."

"The ultimate goal of radical candor is to build a culture of people who care deeply about one another and are willing to challenge one another to be their best selves."


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