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What’s your Radical Candor story? Radical Candor means giving a damn about the people you work with, sharing more than just your work self and encouraging everyone who reports to you to do the same.
This means actively soliciting feedback from your manager, peers and direct reports about what’s working well and what could be better.
It also means giving feedback — both praise and criticism — that’s kind, clear, specific and sincere, even when it feels awkward to do so.
Sounds simple, right? We like to say that practicing Radical Candor is simple but not easy. Despite it feeling daunting at times to deliver difficult feedback, most people are grateful they’ve been told something they need to know.
After all, no one can fix a problem or change their behavior if they don’t have information about what needs to change and why.
In the six videos below, some of our Radical Candor Coaches share stories about times they received feedback that helped them succeed, correct a mistake, leave a job and be better leaders.
1. The ‘Thinking Face’ Radical Candor story
Radical Candor CEO and Co-Founder Jason Rosoff shares a story about a time a colleague gave him invaluable feedback about how he came across during an important presentation.
His colleague’s kind and clear feedback allowed Jason to address and correct misperceptions about how he felt about a big project moving forward.
2. The ‘Do You Want This Job’ Radical Candor story
Stephanie Usry, our first Candor Coach, shares a story about a time she received feedback she was falling short in one area of her job performance.
The question was less about whether Stephanie could meet expectations and more about whether or not she wanted to.
After some soul searching, Stephanie realized that what she really wanted to do was to be her own boss and she may have never had the courage to take the leap if she hadn’t received this specific piece of feedback.
3. The ‘Intention Verus Impact’ Radical Candor story
Candor Coach Farrah Mitra received feedback as she was moving on to a new job that helped her be a better boss in her next role.
Farrah’s direct report shared with her that while it was clear Farrah cared about the team deeply, sometimes that care manifested in her withholding information from her direct reports and this made some of them feel unsafe.
This feedback allowed Farrah to recognize that her good intentions were having a negative impact.
4. The ‘Too Many Sports Analogies’ Radical Candor story
Candor Coach Mike Pugh shares a story about the time he was delivering a Radical Candor workshop he was sure was going brilliantly.
The feedback he received from the organizer during the break helped Mike change his approach for the second half of the workshop and give attendees a more inclusive experience.
5. The ‘You Could Have Sounded More Confident’ Radical Candor story
She took this feedback to heart and it changed her life and career.
6. The ‘It’s Not Mean, It’s Clear’ Radical Candor story
What’s Your Radical Candor story?
*This post was updated July 17, 2023.
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