Peter Koehler

The Myth of Great Decision Making

In this recent interview between Tim Ferriss and General Stanley McChrystal, McChrystal articulated something that I've been thinking about lately:

"A decent decision now is better than a great decision later."

I agree. As a lifelong analyzer myself, recently I have been working on thinking less and doing more. Not eliminating . . .

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August 20, 2015

On Making Associations and New Ideas

Don't consume the same stuff as everybody else

Recently I was listening to a stellar episode of On Being featuring an interview between host Krista Tippett and the late Irish Poet and Philosopher John O'Donohue.

Multiple times throughout the interview I was struck by the ideas that were surfaced that I would not have necessarily expected.

For example, O'Donohue made the following . . .

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August 19, 2015

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