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An Open Letter to James Damore

James, you’ve touched the third rail that is gender. I’m writing not to add to the abuse pouring down on you, but because I believe that third rail is hurting not just you but all of us. I’m writing an open letter because I know that there are a lot of others who believe what you believe but are remaining silent. I think this stuff is better out in the open. I’ll admit as a liberal, a woman, and a…

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Roll Out Radical Candor On Your Team

Roll Out Radical Candor on Your Team

A number of you have asked how to roll out Radical Candor on your team. How can you get started with some of the ideas from the book and the podcast as a group? Last year, I wrote an Advice Column post answering a CEO's question about introducing the concepts and starting to build a Radically Candid culture. But let's get more specific. Here are a few simple things you can do: 1) Start a book discussion group. Have your…

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Video: Why To Avoid “Don’t Take It Personally”

Video: Why to Avoid “Don’t Take it Personally”

It's hard to take general management and feedback advice and visualize how to apply it in real-life situations. Some Radical Candor readers have mentioned to Kim that it would be helpful to see various feedback and management scenarios acted out. So she and Eleanor Scott did this fun improv role play to help with one of Kim's pieces of advice: Eliminate the words "Don't take it personally" from your vocabulary. Here's why it's such a bad idea to say, "Don't…

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A Big Change for Candor, Inc.

This year was a big year for Candor, Inc. We launched a podcast, Radical Candor: How Not To Hate the Boss You Have or Be the Boss You Hate. We also launched a new app, the Candor Coach. It was also a big year for me personally. In March, my book Radical Candor: Be a Kickass Boss Without Losing Your Humanity was published, after four years spent writing it, and it hit both the New York Times and the Wall…

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Civil Discourse: Try Some With Your Beer This 4th Of July!

Civil discourse: try some with your beer this 4th of July!

Civil discourse and Radical Candor in our country have been dealt a heavy blow by an innocent sounding phrase: “politics divides.” These two words have silenced millions of small conversations that should have happened, and resulted in a political food fight very few of us are enjoying. The phrase "politics divides" has silenced us at work, and even around our own dinner tables. It's caused us to turn our minds off, and to leave those hard issues to others. That phrase, “politics divides,” may…

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A Good Woman Decides To Become A Boss!!

A good woman decides to become a boss!!

This note from a nurse-midwife who decided to become a manager made our week. When a really good person decides to become a manager, the world becomes a better place. It's not only managerial leverage, it's good person leverage! Hi Kim and Russ, I am a nurse-midwife who long ago chose to "move up the ladder" in health care by becoming a clinician rather than going into management.  Well, soon it will be my turn to join management as first…

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Give Praise That Isn’t Patronizing

Give Praise That Isn’t Patronizing

Praise usually seems much easier than criticism, but a lot of people actually hesitate to give praise. They worry about coming across as patronizing, pandering, or just insincere. We think that praise is even more important than criticism, so we want to help people learn to give it the right way. https://twitter.com/candor/status/870311268208521216 Here’s a question we got from one of our podcast listeners: I am a new manager of two administrative employees. Their day-to-day tasks are important to my team.…

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Podcast Episode 23: Can I Give Feedback To Peers? Should I?

Podcast Episode 23: Can I Give Feedback to Peers? Should I?

The purpose of feedback is to help people find more success, so it’s CRAZY to think it’s only the manager’s job to give feedback. It’s everyone’s job! In this episode, Kim and Russ share stories and advice for giving feedback to your peers... and avoiding the pitfalls. Listen to the episode: This Episode at a Glance This is the last episode of the first season of Radical Candor! Kim and Russ start off with some stories about feedback systems they've…

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How To Turn Feedback Into Something You Can Act On

How to Turn Feedback into Something You Can Act On

Hopefully you’re out there asking for and getting feedback regularly. That’s great! Now, if you’re getting a lot of feedback, we can pretty much guarantee that it won’t all be high quality, actionable stuff. We’ve said before, “Don’t criticize the criticism,” and we’ve talked about what to do if you disagree with the feedback. But what about feedback that you’re not sure what it means, or how to act on? What do you do with that? We recently got this…

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Podcast Episode 22: It’s About Humans, Not Resources

Podcast Episode 22: It’s About Humans, Not Resources

Do you ever get so caught up in achieving results at work that you forget that the people around you are real people? Even the most empathetic of us can make this mistake. This episode, Kim and Russ are joined by guest Al Guido, President of the San Francisco 49ers, to share stories and advice for putting the human back in human resources. Listen now! In This Episode Kim and Russ kick off the episode with a discussion of why…

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A Great Start To A Radical Candor Journey

A Great Start to a Radical Candor Journey

A few weeks ago, we received an amazing email from Samir Sagar, Director at Manubhai Jewellers. He had shared some of our blog posts and videos with his team several weeks prior, and on the day of the email to us, had held a meeting with his five direct reports to ask for feedback. I told my team that I am at fault for not creating an atmosphere in which they can bring their honest feedback ...and that I never…

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Podcast Episode 21: More Time Hiring = Less Time Firing

Podcast Episode 21: More Time Hiring = Less Time Firing

Building a great team is critical for bosses, but how do you bring on the right people? Interviewing and hiring is so hard to do -- in this episode, Kim and Russ share some of their mistakes, what they've learned, and advice for a better hiring process. Listen to the episode: The Episode at a Glance A lot of listeners have written in to ask about their challenges with interviewing and hiring. Kim and Russ know it's a really difficult…

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What If You Need To Interrupt?

What If You Need to Interrupt?

In episode 12 of the Radical Candor podcast, Kim and Russ talked about how to give feedback to someone who frequently interrupts in meetings. Then a few weeks ago, we also shared advice for how to stop your own habit of interrupting. There’s one more question we’ve been getting about this topic...What if you need to interrupt someone? How do you go about gently telling a person that's speaking for way too long in a meeting, that his time's up?…

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Podcast Episode 20: Help! My Boss Is An Absentee Manager

Podcast Episode 20: Help! My Boss is an Absentee Manager

Absentee managers may not be as frustrating as micromanagers, but they're even more common and can have a negative impact on your career. Kim and Russ share stories of absentee managers, talk about whether to just make do with this type of boss, and give their tips for what to do when you find yourself with an absentee manager. Listen to the episode: In This Episode Russ and Kim have heard loads of stories about absentee managers. The episode starts…

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Radical Candor And The Candor Canary At Gem

Radical Candor and the Candor Canary at Gem

We have a great story to share with you about a company that rolled out Radical Candor in their organization. Gem, a Los Angeles based blockchain company focused on healthcare and supply chain, recently introduced their 20-person team to Radical Candor and developed a really fun way to recognize their successes. Read on for ideas on rolling out the framework with your team! - - - As People Operations Manager at Gem, Madeline Mann had been hearing some feedback from…

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Podcast Episode 19: Being A Boss Isn’t For Everyone… Including Some Bosses

Podcast Episode 19: Being a Boss Isn’t for Everyone… Including Some Bosses

How do you know if management is right for you? Maybe you're thinking about becoming a boss, or you're already a boss but aren't sure you want to be. Kim and Russ are joined by guest Hunter Walk, Partner at Homebrew, to share stories and advice for making this decision. Listen to the episode: This Episode at a Glance This episode starts with a conversation between Kim, Russ, and Hunter Walk, Partner at Homebrew (one of Candor, Inc.'s investors). Hunter…

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Are You An Absentee Manager, A Micromanager, Or A Thought Partner?

Are you an Absentee Manager, a Micromanager, or a Thought Partner?

In Episode 13 of our podcast we talked about the dreaded micromanager boss and how to work towards a better relationship with them. As a part of that discussion, we briefly talked about a few ‘modes’ a manager might fall into based on how close they are to the team’s work. We call managers who have low, almost non-existent involvement in their team’s work absentee managers. Those with extremely (maybe excruciatingly) close involvement are micromanagers. And in between those are…

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Podcast Episode 18: We Couldn’t Decide On A Title For This Episode

Podcast Episode 18: We Couldn’t Decide on a Title for This Episode

Decisions are critical to keeping your team moving forward, but a lot of people struggle to make them. Kim and Russ share advice to help you make sure that perfect doesn't become the enemy of good. Listen now! Episode Overview This episode is all about indecisiveness. Usually the problem around decision making is not that people aren't making the right decisions, but that they aren't make any decision at all! We want to help you avoid being indecisive or waiting until everything…

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Are You An Interrupter?

Are You An Interrupter?

We talked about one of the most frustrating meeting habits in episode 12 of our podcast -- interrupting! Kim and I gave some tips about how to handle being interrupted in meetings, and Kim explained some of the reasons that cause people to interrupt. Several listeners wrote in to commiserate about being interrupters and asked for our advice on how to stop. I just listened to Episode 12 of the podcast, and it really struck a chord. I have been…

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Podcast Episode 17: Promotion Schmomotion

Podcast Episode 17: Promotion Schmomotion

Everyone loves promotions, right? Well...not so fast. Kim and Russ talk about how promotions might be hurting you and your team and suggest some other ways to think about recognizing high performers. Listen to the episode: This Episode at a Glance Promotions, the kind that mean an increase in scope or responsibility, are not always the best way to recognize and reward your top performers. This episode dives into the dangers of promotion obsession for your team. Kim starts the episode with…

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