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Let’s get radical.


Improvising Radical Candor combines the expertise of Radical Candor, the executive education company based on Kim Scott’s New York Times bestseller, Radical Candor: Be a Kickass Boss Without Losing Your Humanity, with the innovation of Second City Works, the cutting-edge professional development arm of the world-renowned comedy theater.

The best way to get better at Radical Candor (Caring Personally while Challenging Directly) is to practice, and one of the best ways to practice is to use improv. Improvising Radical Candor, a new partnership between Radical Candor and Second City Works, offers an entertaining and effective opportunity to do just that. Teams will learn how to manage even the most heated moments at work with agency, grace and humor.  

Improvising Radical Candor is a suite of immersive, experiential learning programs that includes live events and digital content (currently in development). Through storytelling, improvisation and interactive exercises, participants learn how to solicit, deliver and encourage feedback in a way that helps them do the best work of their lives while building the strongest relationships of their careers.


Care Personally + Challenge Directly + Practice Playfully = Improvising Radical Candor

Radical Candor™ is Caring Personally while Challenging Directly, without being aggressive or insincere. It is first and foremost about being open to feedback from others. It’s also about offering praise that is specific and sincere, and criticism that is kind and clear.

Improvising Radical Candor takes that simple idea and brings it to life with the innovative and experiential learning expertise of Second City Works. Teams take the space and time to practice giving and receiving feedback while exercising core improvisation skills crucial to Radical Candor’s success like listening to understand, staying present and being others-focused.

Improvising Radical Candor provides a framework, a shared vocabulary and a platform to practice, empowering teams to create a culture of trust, guidance and psychological safety.

Radical Candor is a simple idea that’s not so easy to do. Yet like any other skill, Radical Candor can be improved through practice. Our workshops, keynotes and forthcoming digital content are designed to provide people with the knowledge and tools to make Radical Candor a part of their daily lives. It’s not a one and done, but rather an ongoing commitment.

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