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Tips to Avoid Obnoxiously Aggressive Praise

If you think you've given praise that was Obnoxiously Aggressive, check out these tips for moving towards Radical Candor! Praise Sincerely Focus on the good stuff — but if you don’t mean it, don’t say it! If somebody has rated your praise as Obnoxiously Aggressive, you’re not showing that you really do Care Personally. When you see something you genuinely like, just say it! Praise helps people turn great work into insanely great work You’re not “babying people’s egos” when you…

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Video Tip: Giving Humble Feedback

One of our recommendations for giving Radically Candid praise is Be Humble. But how can you be humble when saying that something is good? Aren't you then also saying that you're the one who decides what is good and what isn't? That sounds somewhat arrogant. But when you explain in detail why you admire something and what you learned from it, you rarely seem patronizing or insincere. And luckily, Kim and Russ have some actionable tips for giving humble praise. Watch the…

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Juggling Praise and Criticism

Feedback (praise and criticism) is the atomic building block of management. To be a great boss you have to give frequent feedback. Praise is the best way of letting people know what to do more of. Criticism lets them know what to do less of. Management should never be compared to back scratching or animal training, but… Getting results out of an employee has similarities to getting your back scratched. “No, no, not there, up a little, yes, that way,…

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Tips for Radically Candid Praise

The purpose of praise is to help people know what to do more of. Check out these tips for offering Radical Candor: Radically Candid praise is specific and sincere Easy to say, hard to do. Being specific about what’s great rather than just saying “good job” inspires growth rather than plateauing. Sincerity usually flows from the combination of specificity and caring personally. Be helpful When you explain exactly what is good and why, it helps people know what to do more…

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Video Tip: Radically Candid Praise is Helpful

In our previous video tip, Kim and Russ explained that Radically Candid praise is specific and sincere. This week, they start diving into the HIP approach with tips for making your praise helpful. When you explain exactly what is good and why, it helps people recognize when they've gotten it right. They know what what to do more of and can repeat their success in the future. Watch the video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Vgx8VxTS6mQ Check out more tips for giving helpful feedback.

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Video Tip for Radically Candid Praise

Radical Candor means that you Challenge Directly and Care Personally. How can you apply these ideas when giving praise? Be specific and sincere. Being specific about what’s great rather than just saying “good job” inspires people to grow rather than to maintain the status quo. Sincerity usually flows from the combination of specificity and Caring Personally. Kim and Russ offer some tips on making your praise specific and sincere. https://youtube.com/watch?v=CAi7bLg4Hk4&rel=0 More tips for praise: Radically Candid Praise is Humble Radically Candid Praise is…

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A HIP Approach to Feedback: How to Achieve Radical Candor

We’re all about helping people become more Radically Candid with their feedback. By feedback, we mean praise and criticism. Being Radically Candid means: Being more specific and sincere with praise Being more kind and clear with criticism This will improve your relationships at work AND help you achieve a better business result. But it’s easy for us to give this advice and hard for you to do it. Here’s a way to think about how to be more kind and clear…

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