10350425_10102940515934325_1061710205122688594_n_large

Peter Koehler

4 Things I Learned from Jay-Z

Silvrback blog image

“What you reveal, you heal.”

The current president embodies a lot of ugly qualities. Jay-Z knows that. But he also knows that there are two sides to every coin.

This week, the NYT published an interview with Jay-Z (highly recommended reading and watching).

“The great thing about Donald Trump being president is…”

WAIT. Pause there.

If you’re . . .

Read More

December 05, 2017

The Final Draft Fallacy

This is part 2 of a four part series on learning. Be sure to also check out the intro and part 1

loading....

Photo by Chang W. Lee / New York Times

 We never read the first drafts of books. If we did we would know they're terrible.

We never see the gold medalist when he struggles through his first practice. . . .

Read More

August 10, 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 . . .

Read More

February 22, 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 . . .

Read More

February 11, 2016

A Bias Toward Action

I recently read The Everything Store by Brad Stone about Amazon and Jeff Bezos.

One of Bezos' key tenants that really stuck with me was having a "bias toward action."

I introduced the phrase to our team at Green Zebra, and I am slowly trying to integrate the principle more into my daily life - both at work and in the rest of my . . .

Read More

April 30, 2015

Archive