Everyone knows what it’s like to have a bad boss. It’s a universal feeling. Some of use even know what it’s like to be the bad boss or to struggle with feeling like you’re doing a bad job. Kim Malone Scott’s Radical Candor addresses these feelings head on. She’s not here to judge you, just to look at the problems and fix them.
While it could be easy to look at the title of Radical Candor and boil it down to bosses being too direct jerks, that’s not what this is about. It’s really an antidote to a lot of the toxicity of the workplace. I don’t even know if I think Radical Candor itself is the exact thing that most offices need, but the book should be read regardless.
I’m not huge on self-help books. I have nonfiction books I love, but self-help in general is hit or miss. Radical Candor, however, has a universal feel to it.
We need to fix our office cultures and while offering bagel Fridays is nice, Radical Candor can help with the deeper problems.
Radical Candor: Be a Kick-Ass Boss Without Losing Your Humanity
by Kim Malone Scott
[October 1st, 2019]
The Pitch: Radical Candor offers a guide to those bewildered or exhausted by management and shows the sweet spot between managers who are obnoxiously aggressive on one side and ruinously empathetic on the other.
Have you had a bad boss? Have you been a bad boss? This book has thoughtful and non-judgmental step by step advice on how to better yourself.
It’s not easy, but it is straight forward. One step at a time to a better working environment for you, your employees, and everyone in the office.
4.16 out of 5 on Goodreads
I’ve been unlucky to have had quite a few bad bosses. I’m talking about bosses who were forcing all their work on me then calling me useless or bosses who would try to subtly manipulate the team against each other behind the scenes. Bosses that left me thinking that it was entirely my fault if I was unhappy in that environment.
There are places I worked where I dreaded going into the office and no one can do their best work if they feel like that. I’m not saying that I didn’t have faults in this, even with the most toxic of bosses there’s some responsibility with the employee as well.
This was the first book I’d read that had talked about valuing the employees who don’t want to move up into management. This was the first book I’d read for people who wanted an alternative career trajectory.
The main takeaway that I have from this book is the behaviour of bad bosses. Even well-meaning bad bosses and how to recognize that. Even more important and why I think employees should read this as well, it helps to separate your own work and issues from those of your boss. I can’t recommend it enough. The only issue I have is that there isn’t enough focus on what the employee can do.
I know, I know, it’s a book for bosses.
But I really wish it was a book for everyone. Where is the Radical Candor for employees and office mates?
Who Should Read Radical Candor: Be a Kick-Ass Boss Without Losing Your Humanity?
All bosses or those who work in an office environment.
Even if you’re not going to manage people, you’ll get a very clear out line of how bad bosses act. Beyond that, you’ll get the idea of how good bosses should act. Even if you don’t embrace Radical Candor, you can still catch issues with your management style.
It’s truly a great book for those in an office environment.
4.5 out of 5 from TrulyBooked
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