happened to her at that time back to back.
First, 10 employees independently emailed her
the same article. “[It] said that people would
much rather have a boss who is an asshole than
one who is nice and incompetent,” Scott says.
It made her wonder which kind of boss her
employees thought she was, and if those were
the only two options.
Then, while Scott was walking her golden
retriever puppy, it jumped into the street and
was almost hit by a car. A man who saw the near
accident said to her, “I can see you really love
that dog, [but] you’re going to kill that dog if
you don’t teach it to sit.” Scott realized that the
man cared about her but was also challenging
her. Those two events coalesced into her concept of radical
candor, which combines caring with challenging.
Scott believes it is important to be candid with your
employees. “Ever since we learned to speak, our parents have
told us some version of ‘If you don’t have anything nice to say,
don’t say anything at all.’ But when you become a boss, it’s
actually your job to say it,” Scott says.
Much of Scott’s background is in coaching CEOs in Silicon
Valley. She was also a member of the faculty at Apple University
and worked at Google, leading its AdSense,
You Tube, and DoubleClick teams. But Scott
believes that the idea of radical candor isn’t only
for bosses in the tech world. It’s just as impor-
tant for other types of bosses, including
In writing Radical Candor, Scott, who has also
written three novels, wanted to create a management book that felt more like a collection of short
stories. “Management can feel so dry and so
boring. But it’s actually incredibly, intensely
emotional,” Scott says. “It’s all about human relationships.” In the book, Scott focuses on the boss/
employee relationship and the institution of
“bossdom,” which she describes as a recent
“The reason why I have loved my career in business and the
reason I wrote the novels and this book is at a certain level all
the same reason,” Scott says. “I’m really interested in how people
can learn to love their work and the people who they work with.”
See Scott’s breakfast keynote on Monday, January 30, 7:45–8: 45 a.m.
in Nicollet Grand Ballroom.
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