I just finished the New York Times Bestseller, Radical Candor by Kim Scott, and I wanted to share some insights and recommend the book to everyone in management or anyone aspiring to become a manager.
Here’s the basic synopsis: From the time we are little, we are taught to only say nice things about other people. And while that might be sage advice in your normal, everyday life, Kim Scott thinks it’s a disaster in the workplace. Kim thinks that managers need to hit the sweet spot between being overly aggressive and being too egregiously empathetic. Effective managers learn to mix praise with criticism, helping employees produce better results.
I love her three simple principles for building better relationships with your employees:
- Make it personal
- Get (sh)it done
- Understand why it matters
And Kim Scott has some impressive chops to back up her position – she was a highly successful manager at Google, developed a class of optimal management at Apple, and is the cofounder and CEO of Candor, Inc.
There are some great insights in the book and I highly recommend it!