Xerox chairwoman Ursula Burns credits a disagreement with a company executive — who must, himself, have been a proponent of Dalio’s communication style — with fast-tracking her career.
Still, not everyone is a fan of the hedge funder’s methods. In a Bloomberg View column, Matt Levine questions whether publicizing this kind of communication is just a different way of reminding employees who’s still in charge.
“If you send your boss an email criticizing his performance, and he says, ‘You’re fired,’ that is one kind of power move,” Levine writes. “But if he says, ‘Ho ho ho, you old rascal, well done,’ and then tells a room full of chuckling TED listeners about his benign tolerance, that is a different kind of power move.”
For his part, Dalio encourages everyone to consider becoming as radically candid as possible — with one exception.
“You don’t have to tell people that their bald spot is growing or their baby is ugly,” says Dalio. “I’m just talking about the important things.”