Radical Candor — how to get what you want by saying what you mean — Book Summary
by Andrew Wien
Posted on February 19, 2021
Radical Candor by Kim Scott
Boss job description: guide a team to achieve results. This is only possible with strong relationships where you can both (1) show you care and (2) say what you mean.
On giving criticism: The simplest advice is "just say it." More nuanced advice is to worry more about praise and less about criticism. When you share either, do so in a way where (1) the person knows you care, (2) you are not criticizing them as a person, and (3) you say what you mean, leaving no room for interpretation.
On career tracks: You need both superstars and rockstars. Superstars want constant challenge and change and want to be promoted. Rock stars want consistency and to continue to do their job well. Understand what motivates people on your team, recognize them authentically, and reward them appropriately.
On managing: You can't tell people what to do. Instead, drive results collaboratively through these steps: listen, clarify, debate, decide, persuade, execute, and learn.
On relationships: First care for yourself. Then care for others. Form relationships while working rather than relying on outside social events, and consider hugging.
On guidance: Reward people that criticize you, especially publicly. Give praise and criticism often, frequently, and quickly rather than waiting for a 1:1
On building a team: You must understand folks to build a successful team, including their career ambitions, what they want to learn now, and how to recognize them without promotion.
On meetings: This is how you get stuff done. 1:1s, staff meetings, decision and debate meetings, and think time (which are meetings with yourself). Schedule them wisely.
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