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Peter Koehler

Year 1

 I started this blog 1 year ago today.

What prompted it?

I was spending the day alone in Portland's St. John's neighborhoods doing one of my solo personal reviews where I consider my life and work and question whether the way that I am spending my time aligns with my bigger picture goals and values. 

One of . . .

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April 30, 2016

Rethinking Political Power

Do a quick mental exercise:

Imagine for a moment that you can hire a staff of 17 full-time people, control a multi-million dollar budget, and a have wide range of influence over a variety of valuable resources.

Your mission: Affect positive change in your city.

What would you do?

Who would you hire?

What would they do?

How would you and your . . .

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April 28, 2016

Why You Shouldn't Shop At Walmart

 My last post - Why You Should Shop at Walmart - garnered a bit of a reaction. (I even lost subscribers!)

One of my readers responded and said:

Provocative piece and lots to disagree about.

Two things that jump out:

1. Walmart's reprehensible labor practices and pay scales 2. One reason their prices are so low is because they beat up . . .

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April 27, 2016

Why You Should Shop At Walmart

Working in grocery - one of the most competitive, low-margin industries on earth - we are always trying to understand our competition.

Green Zebra is a small format healthy and convenient neighborhood store.

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The original Green Zebra Grocery.

At first glance, we are the opposite of Walmart. The easy way of thinking would be to say . . .

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April 26, 2016

Free is Cheap

and nobody wants cheap

The other day I was at the Home Orchard Society.
 
I was talking with the manager, and I noticed an apple press against the shed. I asked her if they made a lot of cider.
 
Then she said something fascinating. 
 
"Oh yeah - we invite the public to show up with jugs and help press apples and take home cider. . . .

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April 23, 2016

How I Organize & Prioritize

 
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I think one of the most valuable skills I've learned so far in my career is the power of effective prioritization.
 
While I am certainly no master, I am way better than I used to be at understanding the Pareto Principle (also known as the 80/20 rule).
 
If you can figure out what the most . . .

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April 19, 2016

5 Lessons From The Golden State Warriors

The Golden State Warriors are one game away from setting the all time record for most wins in a season. 

As I've been watching this historic achievement unfold, I've found myself asking - what lessons can the rest of us learn from the Warriors?

Here's my best take at boiling down Golden State's success into 5 key lessons that the . . .

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April 12, 2016

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