Moving Up the Care Personally Axis (Radical Candor)

I just finished up with Radical Candor, a book on leadership by former Google and Facebook executive Kim Scott. Scott lays out two axes that exist within leadership—care personally and challenge directly. Together, they create the radical candor framework.

A visual depiction of the radical candor framework

This post on First Round Review offers a great breakdown if you just want to learn more about the framework. Image from Radical Candor.

Care personally is just that—demonstrating to your teammates that you give a damn about their well-being and success.

Challenge directly is all about helping them improve, giving them feedback, and pushing them to excel.

I want to talk about moving up on the Care personally axis and moving towards Radical Candor pulling both from the book and personal experience.

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Do You Raise the Average?

Using the law of averages in reverse as an introspection exercise

You’ve undoubtedly heard Jim Rohn’s famous quip:

You’re the average of the five individuals you spend the most time with.

A quick Google search will turn up articles on LifeHacker,, and more all pointing to the singular argument; who you spend time with matters. They influence how you think, how you act, and what you believe.

Generally, the “law of averages” focuses on what you adopt from others. Your mindset, beliefs, and habits are influenced by those close to you. We can flip the equation around though and look at it a different way. You influence the mindset, beliefs, and habits of your close friends, which leads to a simple question.

Do you raise the average?

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Monthly Review: June 2017

I publish a monthly review of habits, work, etc. You’ll be able to find them all here.

June was a pretty kickass month. Summer in Colorado is in full swing meaning we have some nice temps and little rain. It’s very tempting to spend all day every day outside in the sunshine by the pool or in the mountains. Here’s a snippet of my June highlights:

  • My wife and I took a trip up to Breckenridge with some family in town. We went on a short hike on an absolutely gorgeous day.
  • I completed Ragnar Trail Snowmass and my first GoRuck Tough event. Lack of sleep pervaded both events!
  • I traveled to San Francisco for a few days of learning at the True University.

I’m looking forward to July as we have a vacation planned to North Carolina and more friends visiting.

Here’s the full breakdown of books, goals, etc from the month of June and what I’m working on in July.

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