Peter Koehler

Stop for Pedestrians

The act of stopping for pedestrians when we drive encapsulates many good qualities:

  1. Consideration: for others and the situation.
  2. Patience: not being hurried.
  3. Presence: actually noticing that people are waiting in the first place.
  4. Intention: overcoming inertia and momentum with a deliberate decision to stop.
  5. Leadership by example: do you ever . . .

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July 13, 2015

Let's go Exploring

When I was a kid I would "go exploring."

I'd tell my parents "I'm going to go exploring" and then I would walk all around the neighborhood (often with one or both of my sisters), finding thrill in all the new things we saw, the people we talked to, and the unknown behind every corner.

Exploring was a part of daily . . .

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July 09, 2015

Sunday Roundup

Five things I enjoyed reading/watching this week.

Magic Cannot be Scheduled: The Power of Family Dinnertime
by James T. McDeavitt

I would estimate that, on average, nine dinners come and go without anything of consequence occurring. Talk is sparse or inconsequential. Nothing is really new. School was fine. Then, suddenly and . . .

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June 28, 2015

What's your routine?

The habits of success behind top performers.

I read and listen to a lot of interviews with top performers, and one of the most common questions that gets asked is "What's your routine?" or some variation on that.

"What do the first three hours of your day look like?"

"How do you structure your work day?"

The responses are always fun to hear. And they . . .

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June 24, 2015

Solving the wrong problem

Last week I read this post by James Altucher where he talked about the manure problem in New York City in the late 19th century.

Everyone was using horses to get around, and the piles of manure and foul odors were just getting worse and worse.

The manure problem needed to be solved. So committees and task forces were created. Politicians . . .

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June 22, 2015

An Unconditional Attitude

What will happen today? Tomorrow? This year?

We cannot know what will happen.

We cannot control what will happen.

The only thing that we can choose is our perception and our response.

Viktor Frankl, in the must-read Man's Search for Meaning reminds us:

Everything can be taken from a man but one thing: the last of the human freedoms- to . . .

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June 10, 2015

10 Keys To My Ideal Work Schedule

Doing good work has a lot to do with managing our time, focus, and energy.

Wasting our time, focus, and energy by being unproductive does not feel good.

Yet we all do it!


One of the main reasons this happens is because we insist on scheduling ourselves, our employees, and others in ways which don't pay any respect to our natural . . .

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June 08, 2015