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Video Tip: Radically Candid Criticism is Immediate

Our goal is to help you improve your impromptu feedback. And that word "impromptu" is key. We think it's extremely important to give feedback immediately, rather than saving it up for a scheduled meeting, or even worse, for an annual performance review. So today's tip is that Radically Candid criticism is immediate. It's easier to be specific when the details are fresh and it's also more kind because it gives the person an opportunity to fix it faster. In this video, Russ explains why…

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Radical Candor and Software Engineers: Interview with ZenHub

We frequently hear about companies who are excited about Radical Candor and trying it out in their organizations. Each time, our first reaction is to ask, “Wow! How’s it working for you? What have you learned? How can we make it easier?” We’ve been chatting with a few different companies to learn about their Radical Candor experiences, and we think their stories and specific contexts can help others as well. So we want to share those experiences with you, so…

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Video: Ruinous Empathy Leads to Obnoxious Aggression

We recently shared a video of Russ telling a story about Ruinous Empathy. He talked about a time when he withheld his direct challenge in order to be "nice," but the story doesn't end there. In this next video, he tells us how his feedback turned from Ruinous Empathy to Obnoxious Aggression. As you watch, you may recall similar situations when you behaved a certain way because you were angry, tired, busy, etc. Remember that the quadrants in our 2x2 are not labels…

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Soliciting Feedback from Your Boss

What happens when your boss doesn’t give you feedback? At first it will seem like your boss is extremely pleasant to work with, but as time goes by you’ll start to realize that the only feedback you’ve received is “good job” and other vaguely positive comments. You’ll start to get the feeling you’ve done some things wrong, but you’re not sure what, exactly. You’ll never know where you stand, and you won’t be given an opportunity to learn or grow.…

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Video Tip: Radically Candid Criticism is Helpful

Radically Candid criticism is helpful. When you are really clear about what's wrong and why, you help the person fix the problem. But you may hesitate to give your criticism when you don't have actual help to offer or when you're worried that you might be wrong. Kim shares tips for overcoming these concerns and giving helpful criticism. Watch the video: https://youtu.be/Ea5KoAqACzY Read more tips for giving helpful feedback or revisit our video with tips for offering helpful praise.

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4 Ways to Help New Managers Succeed

I’ve had a 22 year operational management career, and naturally, I’ve had a lot of new managers in my organizations over the years. ‘New managers,’ in this case, means ‘new-to-management’ not so much ‘new-to-me’ or ‘new-to-the-org.’ I’m talking specifically about people new to the practice of management. Oh yeah, I was also a new manager once, many moons ago as a young Lieutenant in the US Marines. So I really understand the struggles and challenges of being a new manager.…

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Video: A Radical Candor Story

Here's a story about Radical Candor from our evangelist Joe Dunn. Remember that Radical Candor Challenges Directly and shows you Care Personally. Often, you can establish a relationship of caring personally over time, and that will naturally show through in the moment you deliver feedback. You can emphasize this by offering feedback in a spirit of helpfulness. https://youtu.be/5gVUkb71WJY For more tips on giving Radically Candid feedback, check out the following posts: Video Tip for Radically Candid Criticism Video Tip for…

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5 Ways to Encourage Feedback Between Others

We’ve written a lot recently about getting feedback from others and also giving feedback to them. You have to lead by example, so it makes sense to start by soliciting feedback and then to focus on giving it. But real managerial leverage comes when you learn to encourage feedback between others. As just one person, if all the praise and criticism goes through you, you become a bottleneck. In order to foster a feedback culture and ensure that it scales…

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Tips to Avoid Obnoxiously Aggressive Criticism

If you think you've given criticism that was Obnoxiously Aggressive, check out these tips for moving towards Radical Candor! Criticize kindly This doesn’t mean sugar coating. It means seeing your criticism as an act of kindness, meant to help the person improve. If others have rated your criticism as Obnoxiously Aggressive, you’re not showing that you Care Personally. Try to pause for just a moment and imagine the face of somebody you really care about. Bring the kindness you’d show…

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