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Construction and Application of Radical Candor: Efficiency of Criticism at Work

Marek Vich and Marina Y. Kim

Central European Business Review, 2016, vol. 2016, issue 4, 11-22

Abstract: Negative feedback has been repeatedly identified as beneficial for organizational learning, adaptability, and performance. Despite having these advantages, most organizations still do not use negative feedback to its full potential, as they fail to spread it correctly among their members. The application of negative feedback, therefore, faces several issues like misuse or process avoidance that are mostly driven by psychological factors. The purpose of this paper is to discuss potential benefits of a newly emerged organizational approach called radical candor for contemporary state of the art in feedback-related behavior and to propose how it might be successfully applied in organizational settings. We define radical candor as a proactive and compassionate engagement in an unpleasant and direct feedback process. Radical candor may help reduce the influence of psychological factors like extreme levels of attachment, harsh emotions or low self-esteem in order to make organizational members more engaged and satisfied with the negative feedback process. Organizations willing to apply radical candor might consider either official implementation from top to bottom (through managers and leadership) or unofficial intervention through the agents (employees of all levels) depending on company characteristics.

Keywords: radical candor; feedback-seeking behavior; feedback-giving behavior; compassion; self-compassion (search for similar items in EconPapers)
JEL-codes: M14 M53 O35 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Date: 2016
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