Radical Candor

Radical Candor

Be A Kick-ass Boss Without Losing your Humanity

Book - 2019
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Radical Candor has been embraced around the world by leaders of every stripe at companies of all sizes. Now a cultural touchstone, the concept has come to be applied to a wide range of human relationships.
Publisher: New York : St. Martin's Press, 2019.
Edition: Fully revised & updated edition.
ISBN: 9781250235374
1250235375
Branch Call Number: 658.409 SCO84
Characteristics: xxxi, 297 pages : illustrations ; 25 cm

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dixithanoop
Sep 26, 2019

I read this upon the recommendation of my seasoned Engineering Manager. And it didn't disappoint. Kim Scott comes with an extensive experience from many Silicon Valley biggies, so her insights and guidance are worth a shot. That said, even though the book is organized well, it just seems a lot more pedantic than most "guide" styled books. I believe more real life stories and examples would have added much more color and credibility to the topics that are discussed in the book.

While the concept of "Radical Candor" itself is innovative and appealing, and while the graph that divides things on "Challenge Directly" and "Care Personally" quadrants is very sensical and novel way of looking at managing people and team, the explanation of those looks very verbose at times. I guess it mattered that I read this right after Jack Welch's Winning and Adam Bryant's The Corner Office, both of which were very real-life-example heavy, that in turn made the theory the authors were trying to convene both convincing and inspiring.

Some of the unique things like allocating "Think Time" (which I'm totally going to try), "Walking Time" etc are very cool and adoptable, others like Kanban boards already seem old and outdated. The classification of top performers into SuperStars and RockStars made sense too.

I also saw an overwhelming bias (for good, to be fair) towards policies at Google (right from the very beginning of the book where the author writes of her interaction with Larry Page while he was in a meeting with someone else). I particularly liked the story about AdSense cold-calling big firms all the while getting huge number of calls from small-firms.

Overall, I feel this is a one time read, as opposed to be treated as sort of a Reference Guide for first time managers. I think books like this that fall into the "Theory-Example" category needs a lot more examples that there are in this book.

nwhite1 May 03, 2018

I keep hearing about this book! Build great relationships and support your team to do the best work of their lives by learning to challenge directly while showing that you care personally. It has gone to the top of my to read list.

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