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Podcast Season 3, Episode 2: Context Matters — Share Your Radical Candor Stories

On this episode of the Radical Candor podcast, Amy and Jason discuss why it’s so important to share your stories with your team. Show some vulnerability. Your personal stories will explain, better than any management theory, what you really mean and show why you really mean it. That’s why Kim tells all those personal stories in Radical Candor. Your stories will mean a lot more to your team than other people’s stories do because they mean something to you. So, what makes a good story, and what’s appropriate to share? Amy and Jason break it down. 

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Episode at a Glance

When you implement Radical Candor with your team, it’s important to explain Radical Candor so they understand what you’re up to. Sure, you can ask them to read the book and use our chapter-by-chapter study guide to deepen understanding.

You can also show them videos from the series we created with Amazon, Day One: Insights for Entrepreneurs. But it’s best if you explain it in your own words. Tell your stories to your team. Show some vulnerability. You can use the resources below for inspiration!

Radical Candor Book Club
Radical Candor Book Club Discussion Questions: A Complete Guide

Radical Candor Overview
Radical Candor In 6 Minutes
Watch: Day One: Insights for Entrepreneurs

Examples of Stories
A Story of Obnoxious Aggression
Watch: Radical Candor and Ruinous Empathy: The Bob Story
Watch: A Story of Manipulative Insincerity

The Radical Candor Podcast Checklist

  1.  Tell your stories to your team, model vulnerability, explain what radical candor means in your own words. And by doing this, you’re creating an environment of psychological safety, where you show your humanity to the team and you invite them to do the same.
  2. Be specific. Good stories have details that bring them to life. Make sure to include context: what you observed, what the results are, and what happened next.
  3. Good stories help us build empathy. So think about the people you work with, especially those you might be having some difficulties with and the situation that you’re involved in. What does it look like from their perspective? What story might they be telling?
  4. Try out the six-word memoir practice. It could be about you, your weekend, your company’s mission, or your radical candor story, but do it as a group. It’s an opportunity to get different perspectives.

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The Radical Candor Podcast theme music was composed by Cliff Goldmacher. Order his book: The Reason For The Rhymes: Mastering the Seven Essential Skills of Innovation by Learning to Write Songs.


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