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Peter Koehler

Ask. Be Specific. Be Quiet.

I was listening to Ezra Klein interview lobbyist Tony Podesta.

Ezra asked Tony to share advice with people who wanted to lobby their congressperson or advocate for their cause. Tony's advice:

"Don't forget to make sure they know what you want. You've got to make an ask."

This sounds so obvious, yet so often we forget to . . .

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February 22, 2016

Recognizing Sunk Costs

Last night I was having a drink with my cousin and we started talking about sunk costs.

You may be familiar with the concept:

A sunk cost is a cost that was previously incurred and cannot be refunded, and thus should not be taken into consideration when making decisions. 

The sunk cost fallacy . . .

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February 20, 2016

Repeat, Repeat, Repeat

As a leader, you have to repeat yourself a lot.

As a leader, you have to repeat yourself a lot.

See what I did there? 

If you're not used to repetition, it can feel strange.

But do not fear the repetition!

Often, it takes 3, 4, 8, 10, 20 times before a message begins to resonate with the people you are trying to change.

That's OK. Keep . . .

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February 17, 2016

Deep Work Wednesday

creating space for focus and flow

In my previous post I wrote about the challenges of the modern workplace.

Such challenges are especially relatable for knowledge workers, but from people I've spoken to across industries and trades, it seems that many of us can relate to some extent.

Inspired by Cal Newport's latest book Deep Work (which admittedly I haven't . . .

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February 13, 2016

It's Time To Fight Back

Against the Modern Workplace

The modern workplace can be an existential minefield.

Urgent trumps important.

Productivity trumps true value.

Multi-tasking trumps single-minded focus.

Interruption trumps silence.

Notifications trump airplane mode.

Meetings trump flow.

Their agenda trumps your agenda.

Before you know it, your days are sliced up into a million pieces.

It . . .

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February 12, 2016

The Aluminum Rule

We've all heard the golden rule:

"Do unto others as you would have them do unto you."

What if we treated ourselves with the same respect?

I propose the aluminum rule:

"Treat yourself the way you would like to treat others."

Before we can reliably share our best selves with the world, we must first learn to treat our . . .

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February 11, 2016

A New Year's Reader

Readings for all of us

This New Year's Eve, inspired by Seth Godin's Thanksgiving Reader, Keeley suggested we do a New Year's Reader of our own.

So the six of us who were together all selected readings to share with each other over our last dinner of the year.

I have compiled those readings, along with a few other selections into a readable, printable, . . .

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January 03, 2016

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