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Take it on the chin, boss.

Use this playbook to discuss Radical Candor and continue working towards a culture of open feedback and communication.

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Ray Dalio - founder of Bridgewater Associates - believes that you should create an environment of radical candor, where even the big bosses accept honest, and sometimes brutal feedback from their employees. Use this strategy to create an environment of giving direct feedback in a way that also conveys care and respect for team well-being.

If you need to know why radical candor and feedback are a must have, just read Kim Scott's book. Here's what she has to say on the matter, “You may be worried about earning their respect, and that’s natural. Unfortunately, though, being overly focused on respect can backfire because it’ll make you feel extra defensive when criticized. If, on the other hand, you can listen to the criticism and react well to it, both trust and respect will follow.\”

Activity Steps
Here's the secret sauce:

Discuss Radical Candor as a team (remember, the intention is not to put each other on blast).


Create a space for everyone to share and discuss their thoughts. Set some ground rules (i.e. no targeting, use \"I feel\" statements, etc.).


Start now; discuss the concept openly and prove you are receptive to radical candor yourselves.

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