Western Washington University Alumni Book Club - September Event

Book cover of the Radical Candor by Kim Scott

Wednesday, September 8, 2021
5:15-6:30 p.m. PDT




Join us for our 4th meeting of the WWU Alumni Association Book Club on Wednesday, September 8.

Make sure to pick up a copy of the book from your favorite local bookstore, and register for the September Book Club meeting through the link below.

Radical Candor: Be a Kickass Boss Without Losing Your Humanity

by Kim Malone Scott 

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. While this advice may work for everyday life, it is, as Kim Scott has seen, a disaster when adopted by managers. 

Scott earned her stripes as a highly successful manager at Google and then decamped to Apple, where she developed a class on optimal management. She has earned growing fame in recent years with her vital new approach to effective management, the “radical candor” method. 

Radical candor is the sweet spot between managers who are obnoxiously aggressive on one side and ruinously empathetic on the other. It’s about providing guidance, which involves a mix of praise as well as criticism—delivered to produce better results and help employees achieve. 

Great bosses have strong relationships with their employees, and Scott has identified three simple principles for building better relationships with your employees: make it personal, get (sh)it done, and understand why it matters. 

Radical Candor offers a guide to those bewildered or exhausted by management, written for bosses and those who manage bosses. Taken from years of the author’s experience, and distilled clearly giving actionable lessons to the reader; it shows managers how to be successful while retaining their humanity, finding meaning in their job, and creating an environment where people both love their work and their colleagues.

Dennis Dashiell

Dennis Dashiell


Dennis Dashiell, MSW, LICSW, Organizational and Talent Development, Executive Coaching & Training. Mr. Dashiell is the head of Organizational and Talent Development for Western Washington University.  Additionally, he does private consulting, executive coaching, training and keynote speaking through is company Northwest Professional Development.  Having spent two decades as a mental health and employee assistance professional, Dennis has experienced the intimate inside workings of hundreds of organizations in the Pacific Northwest.

Questions and Accommodations

Daryn Vorderbruegge is the Program Director for this event. Feel free to contact Daryn at (360) 650-3262 or vorderd@wwu.edu if you have any questions or comments.

There will be auto-captions available for this event. To request closed captions, please mark the request on the registration form. Advance notice of three days to one week is appreciated.