Peter Koehler


The benefits of the less obvious path

Last Monday I was on multiple deadlines and in the final stages of a negotiation which was threatening to fall apart at the last minute.

I woke up and glanced at my calendar and realized I had totally forgotten about a previously scheduled lunch on my calendar with an old friend and mentor.

'Not a good day for this' I thought. Too . . .

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September 24, 2015

Ignore Most Advice

(Including this)

Trust your gut. Or make a plan backed by data. Or do a combination of both.

But don't just take someone else's word for it. Or their advice.

Six weeks ago I hiked the Timberline Trail around Mt. Hood (AKA Wy'east) with Keeley.

In order to get to the trail, we had to park at a trailhead for an offshoot path that connected to the . . .

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September 08, 2015

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