How to Give and Get Criticism Well & How to Use Computer Algorithms to Solve Your Problems
Published August 9, 2018
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    Somehow I simply cannot walk and text at the same time. And that turns out to be a good thing. I begin this episode with some fascinating research about texting and walking – and how the people around you hate you when you do it. Criticism can be tricky. It is often hard to give it effectively and it is even harder to hear it when it is aimed at you. That may be because we are not doing it correctly, according to Deb Bright, author of the book The Truth Doesn't Have to Hurt : How to Use Criticism to Strengthen Relationships, Improve Performance, and Promote Change. . Listen as Deb reframes the topic and shows how criticism can be a very valuable tool in shaping behavior and getting things done. And it doesn’t necessarily have to sting. ** BTW, if you wish to be part of Deb's research on criticism, send an email to Anyone who has made the effort to eat healthy knows how hard it is to resist a sudden craving for junk food. You know nothing else will do and you know the craving isn’t going to pass any time soon. So what do you do? Well, it turns out there is a way to stop that craving dead in its tracks and I’ll reveal it in this episode. What if you could use computer algorithms to solve everyday problems in your human life, such as where to eat dinner or how to choose a home? Well, you can! In fact you should, according to Brian Christian, author of the book Algorithms to Live By. Brian explains how many of our personal problems can actually be better solved by using algorithms if you understand what they are and how to use them.  This Week’s Sponsors Hoka One One. Get free expedited shipping on your first pair of shoes by going to and use the promo code SYSK FIXD. Buy 2 FIXD devices and get a third one free plus get 10% off your already discounted price at and use the promo code SOMETHING Check out this incredible security system and if you order one through this special link, Simplisafe will donate a security system to a family in need. Go to
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