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Video: The Radical Candor Origin Story

Have you heard Kim tell the origin story for Radical Candor? When she was living in New York, a complete stranger approached her on the street and Challenged her Directly while also showing that he Cared Personally. Kim was amazed by the interaction, and further inspired by the words the stranger left her with: It's not mean, it's clear. Watch the video for the full story: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ViLau3YpVLU Also check out episode 2 of the Radical Candor podcast for more about…

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Radical Candor from a School Principal

One of our podcast listeners, Nadia, wrote in to share this story with us and gave us permission to share with you as well. It’s such a great story about advice that Nadia received years ago, that has stayed with her all this time. We’ve re-written her story here: When I was in middle school, so about 15 years old, I was chairperson of the Middle School Council. Each week I met with the principal of my school, Adam Heath,…

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6 Key Lessons for Every New Manager

CONGRATULATIONS! You’re now a manager! You’ve worked hard, done well and been promoted to lead a team. That in and of itself is a HUGE accomplishment. But it’s only the beginning. Because now you need to figure out how the heck you’re going to actually be a successful, inspirational, motivational leader. That, my friend, is no small task. In fact, I am not sure that there exists a more jarring transition than the transition from individual contributor to manager. I…

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Navigating Radical Candor and Cultural Differences

When talking about Radical Candor, I often get asked about how it applies to different cultures. Can Radical Candor be used for feedback and interactions across countries and cultures? Do you have to approach it differently for different cultures? Here are my thoughts on Radical Candor and cultural differences: Radical Candor is universally human, but interpersonally and culturally relative   I introduced this idea in a post about self-awareness and Radical Candor — the key is that Challenging Directly and…

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The Financial Risks of Ignoring Feedback

Feedback is a critical, integral skill for success and growth in the workplace, not only for managers but for everyone. It’s very hard to give and receive feedback, and you may hate doing it. But if you don’t do both, it can create bad situations for you and the teams around you. Don’t believe us? Read this story from one of our readers for an example of the financial importance of providing and accepting feedback. Building a Relationship Several years…

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Jerry Maguire – Help Me Help You

We recently launched the Candor Gauge, an app that helps you improve your impromptu feedback. So to celebrate, we wanted to share a clip from Jerry Maguire that embodies the spirit of the Gauge. "Help me, help you." This is exactly what the Gauge is built to do. It allows people to help their managers, peers, team members... whoever, give better feedback. Better feedback helps people do better work and have more fun working together. So by asking someone to gauge…

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Rocky Balboa Cares Personally and Challenges Directly

Coach Russ has all of us here at Candor, Inc. convinced that Rocky delivers the epitome of a Radically Candid speech. In this speech to his son, Rocky shows that he cares deeply and issues very clear, direct challenges. What he has to say isn't easy, but he knows it needs to be said. He motivates change. We encourage you to use this speech as inspiration to give the feedback that you know is needed. If you don't say it, you're not giving…

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Radical Candor in "The Sound of Music"

We're starting a Media Fridays series where we'll show videos, songs, TV show clips, etc. that are fun examples of Radical Candor, Obnoxious Aggression, Ruinous Empathy, or Manipulative Insincerity. First up, The Sound of Music. Maria criticizes her boss, Captain von Trapp, with Direct Challenges (pretty strong ones!), but she also shows over and over that she Cares Personally. Maria doesn't hesitate to "Just say it!" As often happens, Captain von Trapp doesn't react well to Maria's criticism at first. Radical Candor is hard. It…

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Radically Candid Hugs

Show you Care Personally in just 6 seconds My friend Stacy Brown-Philpot, who just became Task Rabbit’s CEO--go, Stacy!--recently shared a great tip for establishing that you “Care Personally” in just 6 seconds. Stacy learned this tip from much-loved Silicon Valley coach Bill Campbell. The first time Stacy ever met Bill was when he came up to her after she gave a talk she’d given and told her that she flapped her hands in front of her face when she…

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