Keynote: The talk

Radical Candor author Kim Scott, or a trained Candor Coach, will introduce key Radical Candor concepts, providing tips and tactics to get you started on your Radical Candor journey.

Interactive Workshops

Through storytelling, a trained Candor Coach will introduce you and your team to the core Radical Candor concepts and a shared vocabulary as well as tips and techniques that demonstrate for your team how Radical Candor can become an integral part of their success at work.

Improvising Radical Candor

Improvising Radical Candor combines the expertise of Radical Candor, the executive education company based on Kim Scott’s New York Times bestseller, Radical Candor: Be a Kick-ass Boss Without Losing Your Humanity, with the innovation of Second City Works. Ask about our in-person and virtual learning programs.

Videos to Help You Learn the Framework

Radical Candor In 6 Minutes

Learn the basics of Radical Candor in six minutes. Obnoxious Aggression is what happens when you challenge someone directly, but don’t care about them personally. Manipulative Insincerity is praise that is non-specific and insincere or criticism that is neither clear nor kind. Ruinous Empathy is “nice” but ultimately unhelpful or even damaging. Radical Candor is criticism that is kind and clear, and praise that is specific and sincere.

Mini Keynote With Kim Scott

Kim breaks down the concepts on Radical Candor, provides specific stories and examples, and reveals the two incidents that prompted her to bottle the magic of Radical Candor and share it with the world. Radical Candor not only become a best-selling book, but it’s also blossomed into a company creating BS-free zones at workplaces around the world.

The Talk that Started a Revolution

Kim’s talk at First Round Capital went viral and started a feedback revolution around the world. Why? Because implementing a feedback-first culture will improve your relationships and help your team achieve more success than you ever thought possible. Next, Kim is tackling bias and bullying in the workplace. Order her new book, Just Work: How To Root Out Bias, Prejudice, and Bullying to Create a Kick-Ass Culture of Inclusivity, to learn how we can recognize, attack, and eliminate workplace injustice ― and transform our careers and organizations in the process.

Radical Candor Learning Guides

Our Radical Candor guides are designed to help you deepen your learning. Each section of each guide includes text as well as links to go further down the road to Radical Candor by listening to a podcast episode or watching a video.
Radical Candor Learning Guides

The Radical Candor Quick Start Guide

This one-page quick-start guide gives you the quick and dirty on Radical Candor complete with definitions for the quadrants and the order of operations. Print it out and keep it by your desk!

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The ‘Radical Candor’ Book Club Discussion Guide

We’ve put together this list of questions to get you started with your Radical Candor book club. Visit our book page to buy copies of Radical Candor in bulk at a reduced rate. After your club members have read the book, use the critical thinking questions to help guide the discussion.

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The Radical Candor Practice Playbook

So, you’ve read the book, listened to the podcast, watched the videos and attended a workshop or keynote. Now what? Continue developing your skills with our Radical Candor Practice Playbook, a workbook that takes you through each step of the Order of Operations.

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5 Tips for Practicing Radical Candor with Direct Reports

Your ability to build trusting, human connections with the people who report directly to you will determine the quality of everything that follows. Despite these relationships being vitally important, most of us are at a loss when we set out to build relationships with our direct reports.

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6 Ways to Encourage Feedback Between Others

It’s a lot easier to lead by example than it is to change other people’s behavior. If you want to encourage feedback between the people on your team or at your organization, you’re going to have to create an environment where people feel safe and encouraged to give real feedback.

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Quick Start Guide: Encouraging Feedback

Encouraging feedback between others will facilitate stronger relationships between peers, allow for more praise to be shared and provide more perspectives on what’s going well and why.

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11 Ways for Managers to Get Feedback From their Teams

As a manager, it’s crucially important for you to get feedback and find out what people really think. Getting people to Challenge you Directly can be the difference between success and failure, which means you need to make a concerted effort to get feedback.

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6 Steps for Rolling Out Radical Candor On Your Team

Radical Candor builds trust and opens the door for the kind of communication that helps you achieve the results you’re aiming for. If you’re ready to introduce Radical Candor to your team, follow these six steps to roll it out like a boss.

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How to Have Radically Candid Performance Development Conversations

It is a manager’s job to help each person on their team develop and grow their careers, as well as manage their performance. Balancing the intrinsic desire to improve and grow and the extrinsic desire for rewards like bonuses, equity, and promotion is one of the most difficult things about being a manager. We can help you navigate.

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Use the C.O.R.E. Model to Give Effective Feedback

Radically Candid praise and criticism both include caring and a challenge. In order to make sure your feedback lets the other person know what was good and what wasn’t — what to do more of and what to do less of — use the four-step CORE method.

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Use 7-Step Get Sh*t Done Wheel To Get More Done With Less Drama

The GSD Wheel has 7 steps: Listen, Clarify, Debate, Decide, Persuade, Implement and Learn. When run effectively, the GSD Wheel will enable your team to achieve more collectively than anyone could ever dream of achieving individually.

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Radical Candor Case Studies

Education Elements

Speaking of candor

Every day people tell us that learning to Care Personally and Challenge Directly has made their teams happier and more productive.

“It’s been an incredible journey for us — from book studies to informal discussion, the Radical Candor quadrants have become a new vocabulary in our district. The positive impact of Radical Candor has been far-reaching, thank you!”
Becky Peters
St. Vrain Valley School District
Colorado, USA

“The AsiaPacific leadership team used this workshop to assess and improve how they communicate to their teams and each other, integrating learnings from the Indian, Singaporean, and Australian cultures while together. Having a Radical Candor coach and peers from other regions to practice with was invaluable.”
Clare Martin
Bangalore, India

“Thank you so much for coming and working with our team. Everyone loved the workshop…everything you shared with us will help us be our best selves and best Hireologists.”
Christen Calloway
Illinois, USA

“I loved it! I was already familiar with the concept, and still it was a great conversation…Meeting these world-class business ‘gurus’ is very inspiring and aspirational.”
Nubank team member
São Paulo, Brazil

“I’ve only heard GREAT things about the training. It makes me so proud of this team to hear them reflecting on their styles and thinking about what they need to change in their behaviors.”
Janel Lao
California, USA

Radically Candid Resources for You

A great way to practice the principles of Radical Candor is by starting a virtual book club. Buy copies of Radical Candor in bulk at a reduced rate, save over 50% per book!

Radical Candor books by Kim Scott
Kim Scott Radical Candor podcast