Episode 67

Kim Scott on Changing the Business World with Radical Candor


Kim Scott is the author of Radical Candor: Be a Kickass Boss Without Losing Your Humanity, a New York Times and Wall Street Journal Best Seller. She is also the co-founder of the company, Radical Candor, LLC.

Kim has been an advisor at Dropbox, Kurbo, Qualtrics, ReelGoodApp, Rolltape, Shyp, Twitter, and several other Silicon Valley companies. She was a member of the faculty at Apple University and before that led AdSense, YouTube, and Doubleclick Online Sales and Operations at Google.

Kim sat down with host Robert Glazer on the Elevate Podcast to discuss why Radical Candor is so crucial to building healthy, productive professional relationships.

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Show Notes

  • How Sheryl Sandberg practiced radical candor with Kim
  • The 2×2 Radical Candor matrix
  • Why radical candor requires that we undo training we learned as a child
  • Three steps to giving caring, candid feedback
  • Why criticizing someone’s personality is never helpful
  • Why giving feedback immediately is important
  • How giving and receiving feedback well is essential to capacity-building
  • What “Speak Truth to Power” meetings are and how it can help build a culture of radical candor
  • Why companies need to create growth opportunities for people in individual contributor roles – without requiring them to become managers of people
  • One of Kim’s most painful experiences in her career NOT being radically candid with an employee
  • The only way you can know whether you’re being radically candid or not
  • Why it can be more challenging for people to practice radical candor with their colleagues in a remote environment


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Episode Transcription
Radical Candor: Be a Kick-Ass Boss Without Losing Your Humanity by Kim Scott
Guest: Kim Scott
Twitter: https://twitter.com/kimballscott/
LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/kimm4/

Host: Robert Glazer
Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/robertglazer_/
Twitter: https://twitter.com/robert_glazer/
LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/glazer
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/RobertSGlazer/
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