If you don’t design company policies to optimize for justice, you’ll reinforce systemic injustice, hurt your team’s ability to collaborate, and fail to get shit done


Leading in these times is tough. I wrote Just Work: Get Shit Done, Fast and Fair to help leaders navigate some choppy waters. A core premise is that if you ignore the “fair” part, you won’t get shit done. Issues of social justice come with us into the workplace. This is why Basecamp’s ban on political discussions just can’t work. A ban on speech is going to be a much bigger distraction than just doing the work of creating a better working environment. The list of names being mocked at Basecamp was the distraction, not pointing out that it was…

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#StopAsianHate is a call to action to stop anti-Asian hate and violence. In solidarity with our Asian community, let’s talk about how to confront hate and injustice when we see it happening, whether it’s on the street or at work. We can no longer be silent bystanders. Instead, we must be upstanders.

Why Being an Upstander is So Important

Confronting injustices, even verbal bullying, is a crucial intervention for preventing violence. In his book The Nature of Prejudice, Gordon Allport explores some of the worst examples of systemic injustice: Nazi Germany and the Jim Crow South, among others. …

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If you’d asked me five years ago whether being a white woman had an impact on my work, I would’ve shrugged and said, “Not really.” It’s hard for the author of Radical Candor to admit, but I was in denial.

To expose the depths of my refusal to recognize reality, let me tell you about my first job after college. Shortly after I took the job the CEO’s chief of staff gave me a creepy back rub and then reached over my shoulder and touched my breast. …

Trier Bryant and Kim Scott, co-founders of Just Work

Introducing ‘Just Work’ the Book and Just Work the Company!

I am so excited to share with you my next book, Just Work: Get Sh*t Done, Fast & Fair, when it makes its way into the world and on to bookshelves everywhere March 16!

Publishing a book feels like giving birth and sending that child off to their first job, all on the same day. So please read the book, and be radically candid in your assessment of it.

I care so much about this book, and also about working with organizations to roll the ideas out. I really want to get it right, and that means I want to hear from you about what is helpful in Just Work, and also where I got things wrong.

Just Work offers a framework that helps us parse the different attitudes and behaviors that combine to…

Trier Bryant, CEO and co-founder of Just Work the company, and Kim Scott, author of Just Work the book and co-founder of the company.

By Kim Scott & Trier Bryant

We―all of us―consistently exclude, underestimate, and underutilize huge numbers of people in the workforce even as we include, overestimate, and promote others, often beyond their level of competence. Not only is this immoral and unjust, but it’s also bad for business. Just Work is the solution.

JUST WORK is Kim Scott’s new book, revealing a practical framework for both respecting everyone’s individuality and collaborating effectively. This is the essential guide leaders and their employees need to create more just workplaces and establish new norms of collaboration and respect. …

Care Personally + Challenge Directly = Compassionate Candor
Care Personally + Challenge Directly = Compassionate Candor

There’s no manual for how to lead your team through a pandemic like COVID-19. Most people in the workforce today have never lived through a global crisis of this magnitude, so it can be difficult to know what you’re getting right and what you’re getting wrong.

While there’s a lot we don’t know, there are a few things we know for sure:

  • Everyone will remember how their boss responded during this crisis, and getting your team to challenge you can be the difference between success and failure.
  • COVID-19 is going to be with us for the foreseeable future.
  • The leadership…

Antiracism, Antiracist
Antiracism, Antiracist

We have been compelled by recent, tragic events — including the murders of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor and Ahmaud Arbery, as well as the disproportionate toll of COVID-19 on Black, Indigenous and People of Color — to take a hard look at ourselves and ask, how has Radical Candor contributed to systemic racism, and what specific steps will we take to be part of the solution?

For a company committed to helping everyone kick ass at work without losing their humanity, we are keenly aware that this will be an ongoing effort and involve a retooling of not only our…

Like many white people, I have been thinking about how I can best actively be engaged in the Black Lives Matter movement and dismantle systemic racism in the U.S. One thing I think white people can do to become more antiracist in this moment (and going forward) is to be candid with ourselves and others about the racist things we have said and done in the past.

The purpose of telling these stories is educational, not to shame ourselves or others, but ensure we do better in the future. It is in this spirit that I’d like to tell a…

The Radically Candid Coach
The Radically Candid Coach

I’ve received a lot of questions over the last few months about how to apply Radical Candor in a crisis . The coronavirus pandemic has disrupted the workforce in ways we’ve never experienced before. Suddenly, millions of people who are used to working in offices are now working from home. In addition, tens of millions of people have been laid off or furloughed. People have asked me, in these situations, does Radical Candor still apply?

The answer is yes. In fact, COVID-19 has made me double down on Radical Candor, not shy away from it. In its most basic form…

Kim Scott, the author of Radical Candor, explains what happens when managers pretend everything is business as usual

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The coronavirus pandemic has disrupted the workforce in ways we’ve never experienced before. And through it all, I’ve noticed a wide range of examples of leadership — the good, the bad, and the toxic.

One of the best examples was a leader who gave everyone on their team a four-day weekend when they started working from home. They said: “Take Friday and Monday off and figure out how you’re going to rearrange your life so that you can take care of whoever is at home with you and still show up for work when possible.” …

Kim Scott

Kim Scott is co-founder of two consulting companies based on her bestseller Radical Candor & her newest book, Just Work: Get Sh*t Done, Fast & Fair.

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