Radical Candor: Be a Kick-Ass Boss Without Losing Your Humanity

Kim Scott is a kick-ass boss and after listening to her New York Times bestselling book, Radical Candor: Be a Kick-Ass Boss without Losing your Humanity and podcast, Radical Candor, I’m guessing that she’s also a kick-ass twin mom!

Another amazingly successful twin mom

I always get really excited when I learn that a woman I admire, like Kim, is a twin mom. I learned Kim was a twin mom when she mentioned her children during a podcast.  In this instance, I almost fell off of the rowing machine I was so pumped.

Do you get excited about this too? I find it inspiring and experience a genuine sense of awe when I see all of the great things that our fellow twin moms are doing. If we can raise twins, we can do anything!

Radical Candor and leading teams

Kim’s book introduces and walks through how to implement the Radical Candor framework that applies the concept of caring personally and challenging directly to workplace teams. It’s a must read (or listen) if you lead a team, especially a global team.

While Kim agrees that sometimes there’s no substitute for face-to-face meetings, she implemented some great ideas for staying connected with her global team during and after her twin pregnancy. If you missed my previous post about my first post-maternity leave international trip see it here.

Approaches include having the team come to her home office (a perk for most team members), working Asian hours (or other applicable location) one week per quarter and daily 10-minute check-in calls with a direct report in an opposite time zone at the beginning or end of your day so that you still develop a personal report.

I definitely implemented her first approach for our global team meeting while I was pregnant with twins. I’m not sure my team found traveling to sunny Dayton as much as a perk as Kim’s team would have traveling to Silcon Valley, but they were good sports about it.  And it is was beneficial for them to travel to the hub to meet several other colleagues face-to-face.

I also recently worked alternate hours, some set days and some set nights each week to team with folks based in Sydney and Manila. It gave me some extra daytime hours with my little guys and was convenient for everyone to have set times each week to plan meetings that were convenient for them.

Sometimes your global team members are so polite that they don’t call you when something’s wrong or they spin their wheels on something that could be quickly solved because they don’t want to bother you after your standard working hours, so guaranteed availability makes a big difference.

I wish I had thought of Kim’s ideas of daily check-ins and working opposite time zone hours one week per quarter in one of my previous roles. I think that would have been extremely beneficial for the team, especially those who felt like they were on an island thousands of miles away – you know – Australia.

Rock stars and superstars

As a working mom of young children, I found the section on rock stars (high performers who want to stay in role – think Rock of Gibraltar) and superstars (high performers on a high growth trajectory) to be incredibly helpful.

I’m a growth-minded person and have been struggling with the “dial down” mindset. By reframing this life stage as temporarily becoming a rock star and then moving back into the superstar space later, it has really helped me to get past my own mental roadblocks in this area.

I appreciate that Kim so openly shared her own experience here, including turning down the opportunity to interview for a prestigious C-suite role and then later jumping back into superstar mode.

Check out Radical Candorand unleash your own kick-ass moves.

And, if you’re a bit busy to read the book (can’t imagine why) I am a huge fan of Audio Books for utilizing commute time or pairing “reading” with working out.

P.S. This is NOT a sponsored post.  I genuinely enjoyed this book so much that I wanted to share it with you.

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