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Peter Koehler

Default Yes

Recently an opportunity came across my desk.

I asked the other person what their deadline was for the next step. Wednesday after next.

Two days before the deadline, I still hadn't done the work to figure out whether it was a worthwhile opportunity.

Oh well, I'll just tell them that we're busy right now, and it's not a good time. Thanks . . .

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April 05, 2016

Things You Aren't Born With

When you are born, you are not:

- Socially skilled

- Financially savvy

- A great manager

- An active listener

- A captivating storyteller

- A remarkable cook

- Good at math

- Well-versed in wilderness survival

- An effective interviewee

- Good at working out everyday

- Proficient at frying eggs

- A . . .

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February 28, 2016

Embracing Mistakes

In his book When Breath Becomes Airneurosurgeon Paul Kalanithi writes about the medical practice of holding a periodic morbidity & mortality conference.

We reviewed overnight events, new admissions, new scans, then went to see our patients before M&M, or morbidity and mortality conference, a regular meeting in . . .

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February 26, 2016

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

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