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Radical Candor Emotional Reaction

Emotional Reactions At Work Are Awkward: Here’s How To Deal

When you’re delivering difficult feedback, even in a caring way, people are likely to get emotional. That’s OK; emotional reactions are normal. While you might be tempted to deliver feedback you know will elicit strong emotions in email, chat, or on the phone to avoid awkwardness, in-person or video conversations are best for two big reasons. The clarity of your feedback gets measured not at your mouth, but at the other person’s ear. So if you can’t see the reaction,…

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Radical Candor

6 Ways to Roll Out Radical Candor Like a Boss

We love working closely with teams rolling out Radical Candor, and offer coaching, training and customized workshops. We can help teach you to: Share the ideas with your team and learn how to tell your feedback stories; Practice key skills like soliciting feedback, offering meaningful praise, and giving helpful criticism; and Create a culture of guidance so that all the burden of feedback doesn’t fall on your shoulders. We also work with leaders to help you build more cohesive teams…

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Radical Candor Feedback

11 Ways to Get Feedback From Others

To be really great at feedback you have to get it, give it, and encourage it. All of those things feel weird to do at first, but there are some easy things you can do to make them feel much more natural. As a manager who wants to start introducing Radical Candor on your team, we suggest that you start by asking for feedback from your team. In this post, we’ll share some tips for managers who want to get…

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Radical Candor

Applying Radical Candor to Dysfunctional Family Dynamics

This post, Applying Radical Candor to Dysfunctional Family Dynamics, was contributed by one of our readers.  My mother, now deceased, (“K” for respectful privacy) had been moving through her early and middle senior years. Our relationship had never been easy — boundaries are not something she understood or respected. This worsened and became a serious crisis as K encountered financial and relationship troubles. She expected me to instantly solve any issue she encountered, frequently late at night, or in impossible situations…

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Radical Inclusion

Radically Inclusive Virtual Workshops: Real-Time Learnings From Zoom

This post about Radically Inclusive virtual workshops is by Candor Coach Melissa Andrada. As a Candor Coach, I’ve been fortunate to facilitate remote workshops on creating cultures of Radical Candor through a lens of diversity, equity and inclusion for myriad organizations over the past few months. For those facilitating any kind of virtual workshop, I want to share real-time learnings from the field on how to create a radically inclusive virtual workshop as we adapt to this new normal over Zoom.  Begin…

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Radical Candor Schools

The Need for Radical Candor In Schools

*This blog post about the need for Radical Candor in schools is by Katie Novak and Mirko Chardin, authors of Equity by Design: The Power and Promise of UDL. Our schools, despite our best efforts, are not meeting the needs of all learners. Beverly Daniel Tatem, a nationally recognized authority on racial issues in America, educator and author of the critically acclaimed book, Why Are All The Black Kids Sitting Together in the Cafeteria? And Other Conversations About Race, urges…

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Constructive Feedback

The Problem with "Constructive Feedback"

A question that we’ve gotten from a number of readers is: I tried to give X constructive feedback, but then X got all defensive. How can I get through to X? When a person begins a conversation by saying or even just thinking, “I’ve got some constructive feedback for you,” the other person’s defenses go up right away. There are three problems with the way that’s phrased. The first is the construction of the sentence--basically, “I’m gonna tell you a…

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Candor

The 3 Best Leadership Traits for Managing Through a Crisis

There’s no manual for how to lead your team through a pandemic like COVID-19. Most people in the workforce today have never lived through a global crisis of this magnitude, so it can be difficult to know what you’re getting right and what you’re getting wrong.  While there’s a lot we don’t know, there are a few things we know for sure: Everyone will remember how their boss responded during this crisis, and getting your team to challenge you can…

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Antiracist

6 Steps the Radical Candor Team is Taking to Be Antiracist

We have been compelled by recent, tragic events — including the murders of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor and Ahmaud Arbery, as well as the disproportionate toll of COVID-19 on Black, Indigenous and People of Color — to take a hard look at ourselves and ask, how has Radical Candor contributed to systemic racism and what specific steps will we take to be part of the solution? For a company committed to helping everyone kick ass at work without losing their…

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Radical Candor And Racism

I Received Some Important, Radically Candid, Criticism About My Own Implicit Racial Bias

Like many white people, I have been thinking about how I can best actively be engaged in the Black Lives Matter movement and dismantle systemic racism in the U.S. One thing I think white people can do to become more antiracist in this moment (and going forward) is to be candid with ourselves and others about the racist things we have said and done in the past. The purpose of telling these stories is educational, not to shame ourselves or…

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