Peter Koehler

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

Stop the Jargon and Start Connecting

Information Asymmetry and Adding Value

The other morning I was talking to my cousin Nick, who works in the finance industry. We were discussing how a lot of jobs (including in finance) are based on information asymmetry between the "professional" and the layperson.

To maintain this advantage, entire industries (like finance) develop and overuse technical jargon to mask . . .

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June 06, 2015

Leveraging Stress

The Wall Street Journal recently posted this article titled Use Stress to Your Advantage.

Imagine that you work for an organization with hundreds of employees and you’re about to give a presentation to the entire group. The CEO and all the board members are in the audience. You’ve been anxious about this talk all week, and now your heart is . . .

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June 05, 2015

Organizational Debt and Credit.

Building a sustainable organization of one.

We are all familiar with financial debt.

Engineers and programmers are familiar with technical debt, which tech startups often incur in the early days when they are building fast. The code works fine for the moment, but it is not structured in a sound way, and ultimately as the company grows and gains more users they must spend a lot of . . .

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June 02, 2015