Summary of Radical Candor

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Good managers know that they often need to be cruel to be kind. Learn how to deliver constructive feedback.


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Management consultant Kim Scott presents a delightfully candid talk on how to deliver feedback in order to nurture employees. By sharing her personal management missteps and other anecdotes, Scott offers fresh, witty and useful guidance that is applicable to neophyte and veteran leaders alike. getAbstract recommends Scott’s wisdom to human resources personnel and to managers at all levels of the corporate hierarchy.

In this summary, you will learn

  • Why managers should seek to lead with “radical candor,”
  • Why great leadership involves caring for and challenging others, and
  • What management styles to avoid.


Praise and criticism are the building blocks of guidance, a manager’s primary duty. Good bosses not only give guidance but solicit it for themselves and encourage it among their employees. The best guidance occurs through “radical candor” – the ability to offer frank criticism without creating an adversarial...
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About the Speaker

Kim Scott is an author, entrepreneur and management consultant.

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