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Peter Koehler

It's Time To Fight Back

Against the Modern Workplace

The modern workplace can be an existential minefield.

Urgent trumps important.

Productivity trumps true value.

Multi-tasking trumps single-minded focus.

Interruption trumps silence.

Notifications trump airplane mode.

Meetings trump flow.

Their agenda trumps your agenda.

Before you know it, your days are sliced up into a million pieces.

It . . .

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February 12, 2016

The Aluminum Rule

We've all heard the golden rule:

"Do unto others as you would have them do unto you."

What if we treated ourselves with the same respect?

I propose the aluminum rule:

"Treat yourself the way you would like to treat others."

Before we can reliably share our best selves with the world, we must first learn to treat our . . .

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February 11, 2016

A New Year's Reader

Readings for all of us

This New Year's Eve, inspired by Seth Godin's Thanksgiving Reader, Keeley suggested we do a New Year's Reader of our own.

So the six of us who were together all selected readings to share with each other over our last dinner of the year.

I have compiled those readings, along with a few other selections into a readable, printable, . . .

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January 03, 2016

Be First

Paraphrasing Gabby Reece from her conversation with Tim Ferriss:

Be first.

The first to smile.
The first to say hello.
The first to say something nice.

Try it. It makes you happy.

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December 20, 2015

11 notes on raising money for your startup

Earlier this week I was on a panel for the Oregon Entrepreneurs Network about preparing for investment. I sat on the panel with Brad Zenger who happens to chair our Board,and Terry St. Marie, who is one of our investors (indirectly through the Oregon Angel Fund).

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We had lunch and a conversation with 15 early stage entrepreneurs, almost all . . .

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December 19, 2015

To Gramps

My Gramps died last Tuesday at the age of 86. You can read his obituary here.

Grampsy and me in Tumalo.

















I love this part:

Peter lived with unending humility, sweetness of heart, dry and clever humor, loyalty and love. He gracefully demonstrated the true meaning of appreciation and gratitude through his actions and words every single day, to his very . . .

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November 29, 2015

Our New Moral Dilemmas

There is a runaway trolley barreling down the railway tracks. Ahead, on the tracks, there are five people tied up and unable to move. The trolley is headed straight for them. You are standing some distance off in the train yard, next to a lever. If you pull this lever, the trolley will switch to a different set of tracks. However, you notice . . .

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November 28, 2015

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