While listening to Season 1 of the Radical Candor Podcast, you may hear references to the Candor Coach App or the Candor Gauge. These are no longer available.

Starting with Season 2 the Radical Candor Podcast features Kim Scott and Jason Rosoff, is hosted by Amy Sandler and is written and produced by Brandi Neal. Subscribe on Apple Podcasts, or wherever you listen to podcasts.

To see the show notes for each episode, click on the title of each episode below. Search the audio and read the transcripts for all episodes on Sounder.
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Podcast Season 4, Episode 16: What Do Managers of Managers Do? (The Crank Call From Kim)

Does anyone actually want to be a manager of managers? And if so, what do these people actually do? On this episode of the Radical Candor podcast Kim, Jason and Amy discuss strategies for being an effective manager of managers. If you’re managing people who manage other people, then you’re managing managers. Whereas if you’re managing individual contributors, you’re managing a team. The most significant difference when you become a manager of managers is that now you have to become a thought partner, not just on the functional expertise and the business your direct reports are running or the product that they’re building, but you also have to be a thought partner to them on how they’re managing their team.

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Podcast Season 4, Episode 15: What Do Managers (of Small Teams) Do Anyways?

What do bosses do anyways? On this episode of the Radical Candor podcast, we’re starting a new series of episodes to answer that question! Is it a manager’s job to go to meetings? Send emails? Tell people what to do? Are they supposed to work alongside their teams and carry part of the workload, or dream up strategies and expect other people to implement them? At the end of the day, a boss’s job is to guide a team to achieve results. However, depending on the size of your team, that process could look very different. Today we’re going to talk about managers of small teams and we’re going to define “small” as a team of 10 people or less. Listen to learn three key things every manager of small teams needs to know.

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Podcast Season 4, Episode 14: Quiet Quitting Speaks Loudly About Bad Bosses

On this episode of the Radical Candor Podcast, Kim, Jason and Amy discuss the clear message quiet quitting is loudly sending to bad bosses and managers of managers. We know that relationships don’t scale, but culture does. This means that while you can’t have a close relationship with every person who reports to the people who report to you, practicing Radical Candor with the people you manage can impact how they interact with the people they manage and so on. On the other hand, if toxic stew is flowing from the top and being passed down from executives to managers of managers to individual contributors it should come as no surprise that people in this type of environment are disengaged at work. So, how do you fix it? Listen to find out!

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Podcast Season 4, Episode 13: Get Shit Done Step 7 — Create a Culture of Learning Where it’s Safe for EVERYONE to Fail

Once your idea has been implemented, you probably think you’re done with this whole Get Shit Done Wheel thing — but there’s one more step, Learn. On this episode of the Radical Candor Podcast, Kim, Jason and Amy talk about how creating a culture of learning can make it safe for people to fail, help mitigate future mistakes and ensure everyone knows how to repeat success. Sounds simple, right? Not so fast. There are two things that can get in the way of learning. Listen to find out what they are!

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Podcast Season 4, Episode 12: Get Shit Done Step 6 — Implement Your Kick-Ass Idea

Once everyone is on board with your idea, it’s time for action, which brings us to step 6 of the Get Shit Done Wheel. On this episode of the Radical Candor Podcast, Kim, Jason and Amy discuss the good, the bad and the ugly as it relates to the implementation of that decision you’ve just persuaded everyone to get behind. Listen to learn how to toggle between leading and implementing personally. You can’t abandon the first for the second. You have to integrate the two.

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Podcast Season 4, Episode 11: Get Shit Done Step 5 — Persuade Uncle Scrammy

On this episode of the Radical Candor Podcast the team explains that once a decision is made, you’ve got to get people on board, which brings us to step 5 of the Get Shit Done Wheel — Persuade. While getting others to accept your idea might feel like a foregone conclusion, persuasion isn’t easy, and it’s important to get it right. What’s more, persuasion at this stage of the GSD Wheel can feel unnecessary and make the decider resentful of people on the team who aren’t fully in agreement. Kim, Jason and Amy discuss why expecting others to implement a decision without being persuaded that it’s the right thing to do is a recipe for terrible results and why it’s vital to persuade people (like your friend’s Uncle Scrammy) that you’ve done your homework.

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Podcast Season 4, Episode 10: Get Shit Done Step 4 — Push Decisions Into the Facts

On this episode of the Radical Candor Podcast, Kim, Jason and Amy discuss how to make a decision after you’ve listened, clarified and debated your idea. Step 4 of the Get Shit Done Wheel, decide, is all about pushing the decisions into the facts. The Radical Candor Podcast team outlines 4 steps to follow when making decisions once you have shoved all ego — especially your own — out of the way. They also talk about the pitfalls of unconscious bias, the perils of skipping steps 1-3 and how to avoid garbage can decision-making.

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Podcast Season 4, Episode 9: How to Be a Thought Partner Instead of a Micro or Absentee Manager

On this episode of the Radical Candor podcast, Amy and Jason discuss managers who have low, almost non-existent involvement in their team’s work, aka absentee managers; those with extremely (maybe excruciatingly) close involvement, aka micromanagers; and thought partners — the ones who empower, enable and encourage their teams to do the best work of their lives. While a lot of us have tendencies to act in absentee or micromanager mode, it’s hard for us to want to look at ourselves that way. Listen to this episode if you want to understand how to be a true thought partner.

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Podcast Season 4, Episode 8: Get Shit Done Step 3 — Debate (Don’t Squish) Ideas

On this episode of the Radical Candor Podcast, we’re going to talk about the steps to follow for a successful debating process. If you skip the debate phase of the Get Sh*t Done Wheel, you’ll make worse decisions, you’ll be unable to persuade everyone who needs to implement, and you’ll ultimately slow down or grind to a halt. Kim, Jason, Amy and producer Brandi discuss a time when a debate went awry and what they should have done instead.

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Podcast Season 4, Episode 7: Radically Candid Conversations — Kim Scott & Russ Laraway

On this episode of the Radical Candor Podcast, we’re taking a break from our GSD Wheel series and welcoming back to the podcast Russ Laraway, author of the book When They Win, You Win: Being a Great Manager is Simpler Than You Think, coming out June 7, 2022. You can pre-order it now! You likely know Russ best as the OG co-host with Kim of season one of the Radical Candor Podcast. Russ is currently chief people officer at Goodwater Capital; and also is the creator of Career Conversations; which is covered in Radical Candor, and to which Russ dedicates nearly 100 pages of his new book. Kim and Russ discuss how to make every manager (measurably) great and to rid the world of assclown managers everywhere.

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