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Kim Scott, NYT Bestselling Author on Just Work and Getting Work Done Fast and Fair
Episode 4227th April 2021 • The CEO Sessions • Ben Fanning
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Kim Scott is the New York Times Bestselling Author of Radical Candor: Be a Kick-Ass Boss Without Losing Your Humanity. and author of the Just Work, Get *t Done Fast and Fair.

Kim was a CEO coach at Dropbox, Qualtrics, Twitter, and other tech companies. She was a member of the faculty at Apple University and before that led AdSense, YouTube, and DoubleClick teams at Google. Earlier in her career Kim managed a pediatric clinic in Kosovo and started a diamond-cutting factory in Moscow. 

Kim’s LinkedIn Profile: https://www.linkedin.com/in/kimm4/ 

WHAT YOU WILL DISCOVER IN THIS EPISODE:

  • What it’s like being a CEO for Dropbox and Twitter.
  • Advice for those who are coaching top tech executives.
  • What Jeff Bezos is rumored to have had on the top of his white board.
  • Kim’s first experience with “Unjust Work” in her first job and why it took for her to tell her story.
  • The moment that broke through three levels of denial.
  • Why it’s essential to distinguish bias, prejudice, and bullying…and what to do when you experience it.  
  • A practical playbook for facing bias and prejudice on a team.
  • Advice for leaders who believe employees are being just “too sensitive”.
  • What to do about bullying if you’re the leader or the person being bullied.
  • A trick to make your quarterly numbers while reducing bias on the team.
  • Why bias can often lead to bad decisions.
  • How leaders can positively respond when a bias is called out.
  • The BIG problems that power creates.
  • Moneyball, Billy Bean, and measuring bias.
  • The first step you should take if you suspect you’re being underpaid or not promoted because of bias or prejudice.
  • "Brutal ineffectiveness", and how to address it.

HIGHLIGHTS:

Actions that are destructive in collaboration:

  • Bias
  • Prejudice
  • Bullying

Consequences of layering power on top of bias, prejudice and bullying:

  • Discrimination
  • Harassment
  • Physical violation

QUOTES:

“Remember that when you’re winning you’re never good as they say you are, and when you’re losing you’re never as bad as they say you are.”

“You are not your stock price.”  Unverified quote from the top of Jeff Bezo’s white board.

“I got a lot of advice on how to navigate around nonsense, but I didn’t get a lot of advice on how to change the nonsense.”

“You must distinguish bias, prejudice, and bullying so you can respond in an effective way.”

“Privilege compounds over time.”

RESOURCES:

Just Work: Get *t Done Fast and Fair, Kim Scott

https://www.amazon.com/Just-Work-Done-Fast-Fair/dp/1250203481 

Radical Candor: Be a Kick-Ass Boss Without Losing Your Humanity, Kim Scott

https://www.amazon.com/Radical-Candor-Kim-Scott/dp/B01KTIEFEE 

Thinking Fast and Slow, Daniel Kahneman

https://www.amazon.com/Thinking-Fast-Slow-Daniel-Kahneman/dp/0374533555 

The Stanford Prison Experiment 

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Stanford_prison_experiment 

Money Ball. Billy Bean 

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Moneyball_(film) 

Francoise Brougher, The Pinterest Paradox

https://medium.com/digital-diplomacy/the-pinterest-paradox-cupcakes-and-toxicity-57ed6bd76960  

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