"Radical Candor: How to be a kick-ass boss without losing your humanity" by Kim Scott is truly a must read! Even if you aren't in a supervisory (or "boss") position you should read this book. This no-nonsense guide to open and authentic conversations is overflowing with practical application - in both professional and personal settings.
The author doesn't hold back in disclosing her fair share of failures, and the lessons she's learned can save you a lot of wasted time and headaches. Ms. Scott describes how to care personally about those with whom you work, while simultaneously challenging them directly. Avoid those difficult conversations no more!
"Reading Radical Candor will help you build, lead, and inspire teams to do the best work of their lives. Kim Scott's insights--based on her experience, keen observational intelligence and analysis--will help you be a better leader and create a more effective organization." ―Sheryl Sandberg author of the New York Times bestseller Lean In
Description of the book from Amazon:
From the time we learn to speak, we’re told that if you don’t have anything nice to say, don’t say anything at all. When you become a manager, it’s your job to say it--and your obligation.
Radical Candor is a simple idea: to be a good boss, you have to Care Personally at the same time that you Challenge Directly. When you challenge without caring it’s obnoxious aggression; when you care without challenging it’s ruinous empathy. When you do neither it’s manipulative insincerity.
This simple framework can help you build better relationships at work, and fulfill your three key responsibilities as a leader: creating a culture of feedback (praise and criticism), building a cohesive team, and achieving results you’re all proud of.