Episodes
Sixty percent of employers will reportedly send employees to “office etiquette” training in 2024. Whether it’s folks returning to the office after years of working remotely, or recent college grads without office experience — apparently people don’t know how to act around one another anymore. The team discusses the impact of decreased human interactions and the need to establish office behavior norms. Kim, Brandi and Jason also emphasize the importance of open communication and creating...
Published 02/28/24
Common human decency is something everyone deserves, but not everyone gets. Especially at work. Kim and Amy discuss a case study Kim learned about during a recent visit to Harvard Business School. In this case, the co-founders of CloudFlare considered the implications of five employees' resignations over the prior three months and whether or not the resignations were symptomatic of bigger issues with CloudFlare's culture and management processes. The HBS alums then put on their case study...
Published 02/21/24
You've heard us say often that it's important to praise your employees in public (if they're comfortable with it) but to always give criticism in private. While there is almost always something for others to learn from an individual's mistake, criticizing or shaming them in public has been shown to make the person more likely to hide mistakes in the future, hurting them and the company. So how can we separate and honor our concern for the individual with the needs of the team? Get all the...
Published 02/14/24
For a podcast about communication at work, we sometimes use corporate jargon that doesn't always make sense—even to us. We disagree about corporate speak and what it means. Case in point, managing out. What does managing out mean? How do you know if you're being managed out? There’s definitely some misalignment on what “managing people out” means versus what it’s supposed to mean — maybe we need a new word. According to the business dictionary Jargonism, The definition of Managing Someone Out...
Published 02/07/24
Learn how the shift from command and control to a culture focused on collaboration. Stephen M.R. Covey joins us for our first Radically Candid Conversation of 2024 to discuss how trust-and-inspire leadership leads to happier teams, improved retention, increased productivity, and improved company culture because telling people what to do doesn't work. Get all of the show notes at RadicalCandor.com/podcast.
Published 01/31/24
Loud laborers talk big about their projects at work while accomplishing very little. Join us to explore the characteristics of these self-proclaimed workplace heroes, as they often gravitate toward tasks that boost visibility rather than genuine productivity. Discover the impact of "loud laborers" on team dynamics and how to navigate this common workplace scenario. Don't miss out on this insightful discussion shedding light on the not-so-quiet world of office chatter! Get all of the show...
Published 01/24/24
Hey there you introvert in an extrovert culture — we see you! Extroverts are often overrepresented on management teams and many leaders are unsure how to coach, give feedback to, and advocate for a thoughtful introverted employee in a culture where multi-tasking extroverts are rewarded. On this episode of the Radical Candor podcast, Kim, Jason and Amy answer a listener's question about how to communicate the unseen efforts and accomplishments of introverted employees to senior...
Published 01/17/24
Managers are burned out AF. A boss’s job is to guide a team to achieve results. However, in the current landscape of constant disruptions, this job is feeling impossible for some managers. What’s more, disengaged managers lead to disengaged teams. Is all hope lost? Kim, Amy and Jason weigh in. Get all of the show notes at RadicalCandor.com/podcast
Published 01/10/24
What makes a good story and why do leaders need to know? Kim and Amy discuss storytelling at work, how our brains are wired for stories and why Kim focuses so much on stories in Radical Candor. Get all the show notes and resources at RadicalCandor.com/podcast
Published 01/03/24
Holiday communication with your family can be rife with stress. But you can survive it by practicing Radical Candor with your nearest and dearest. this holiday season to avoid defaulting to Obnoxious Aggression, Manipulative Insincerity or Ruinous Empathy. Get all of the show notes and resources at RadicalCandor.com/podcast
Published 12/20/23
The team explores a year-end management dilemma — how to fairly evaluate a hot potato employee who's been bounced from team to team and manager to manager. They also reveal why everyone needs an "I love me" folder. Get the complete show notes at RadicalCandor.com/podcast
Published 12/13/23
Learn how to identify the elephant in the room when a direct report's performance isn't meeting expectations. Kim and Jason roleplay how to be kind and clear when delivering feedback to someone who'd rather not hear it. While it can be tempting to default to Ruinous Empathy, the team explains why it's important to double down on the challenge directly axis of Radical Candor instead. Read the show notes at RadicalCandor.com/podcast This show is part of the Spreaker Prime Network, if you are...
Published 12/06/23
Can a “nice” workplace culture be as toxic as an abusive one? This past summer, our content intern Katie Bartlett (hi Katie!) wrote a piece about the workplace culture trend toward “niceness” investigating whether or not prioritizing “nice” feedback that’s full of vague platitudes over specific and sincere feedback that could make people uncomfortable is harmful. Is toxic positivity Ruinous Empathy or Manipulative Insincerity? Perhaps it's both. Read the show notes...
Published 11/30/23
Management expert and former Twitter CEO Dick Costolo joins Kim for Managerial Musings. Kim and Dick answer listener questions, read between the lines and offer advice for your trickiest workplace problems. Get the show notes at RadicalCandor.com/podcast This show is part of the Spreaker Prime Network, if you are interested in advertising on this podcast, contact us at https://www.spreaker.com/show/5711404/advertisement
Published 11/22/23
Should you become a manager? For folks who thrive on building a team and guiding others to achieve results, becoming a manager may be a dream come true. On the other hand, management could be a nightmare for high-performing individual contributors who are experts in their fields but have a low frustration tolerance for herding cats. How do you know if management is right for you? Kim and Jason discuss their paths to management. Get the show notes at RadicalCandor.com/podcast This show is...
Published 11/15/23
The group talks about the making of MasterClass, strategies for managing cross-functional teams and how to get everyone home in time for dinner. Kim, Jason and Amy welcome two very special guests, Ezra Rose and Davis Carter. Ezra and Davis were integral in the production of the Radical Candor Sessions by MasterClass. Get the show notes at RadicalCandpr.com/podcast This show is part of the Spreaker Prime Network, if you are interested in advertising on this podcast, contact us at...
Published 11/08/23
Feedback vs. feedforward — both of these words are well-intentioned euphemisms that tend toward either Ruinous Empathy or Manipulative Insincerity. On this episode of the Radical Candor podcast, Kim, Jason and Amy discuss the trend of prioritizing future-focused feedforward over backward-looking feedback. Kim has strong opinions on the words "feedforward" and "feedback." Tune in to find out why one word makes Kim want to put her hands over her ears and the other makes her want to throw up in...
Published 11/01/23
In times of trauma, it’s all about care personally. This is not the moment to challenge directly. Or to make policy pronouncements, especially if that’s not your job. On this episode of the Radical Candor podcast, Kim, Jason and Amy discuss leading with compassion amid the chaos and catastrophe in Israel and Gaza. See the show notes at radicalcandor.com/podcast This show is part of the Spreaker Prime Network, if you are interested in advertising on this podcast, contact us at...
Published 10/25/23
If you're the boss, it all starts with you. For better or worse, a boss establishes the tone and sets the standard for everything that follows. On this episode of the Radical Candor podcast, Kim, Jason and Amy welcome Peloton and TODAY show contributor Ally Love! Ally shares how Radical Candor can help you boss up and increase your confidence at work, the best #RadyCandy she got from her husband, a few of her favorite things and so much more! You're def gonna want to download and favorite...
Published 10/12/23
October is National Bullying Prevention Month! On this episode of the Radical Candor podcast, we're dropping a bonus episode from Kim's Just Work podcast featuring a conversation about mobbing, a form of group bullying. Mobbing involves a group of people working together directly or indirectly to remove the targeted individual. Mobbing is rooted in groupthink and group aggression with underlying elements of fear, competition, and envy. Unlike bullying, mobbing is not hierarchical. The target...
Published 10/04/23
On this episode of the Radical Candor podcast, Amy and Kim talk about performance improvement plans (PIPs). When used correctly, performance improvement plans can be valuable if there is a commitment to help the employee improve. However, they are often weaponized by frustrated managers who want to get rid of an employee who is struggling. Listen to find out how to tell the difference. Get all the show notes and resources at radicalcandor.com/podcast This show is part of the Spreaker Prime...
Published 09/27/23
On this episode of the Radical Candor podcast, Amy and Jason answer a listener's question about how to give feedback about nervous laughter. As you may have noticed, we like to laugh on this podcast when we think something is funny. But, did you know that a lot of laughter doesn’t have anything to do with hilarity? In fact, in the absence of an underlying medical condition, laughing is often a stress response — a way for people to regulate their emotions and avoid being overcome with...
Published 09/21/23
On this episode of the Radical Candor podcast, Kim and Amy welcome Amy C. Edmondson, the Novartis professor of leadership and management at the Harvard Business School and author of several books, including The Fearless Organization: Creating Psychological Safety in the Workplace for Learning, Innovation, and Growth and Right Kind of Wrong: The Science of Failing Well — available now! From managers seeking to inspire their reports to parents wanting to model a healthy failure mindset for...
Published 09/05/23
On this episode of the Radical Candor podcast, Kim, Amy and Brandi discuss coming out at work and Amy and Brandi share their stories. In response to an unprecedented spike in discriminatory legislation, The Human Rights Campaign recently declared a state of emergency for LGBTQ+ people in the U.S. Visibility matters — we want folks who might be struggling to know that we see you. That you deserve to be here. And to thrive! Read all of the show notes and episode resources at...
Published 08/31/23