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Peter Koehler

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What's on your scorecard?

In basketball, the scorecard is easy: Whoever scores more points in 48 minutes wins the game.

In cooking, the scorecard is slightly more complex. It includes price (how much did the ingredients cost?), time (how long does is take to make?), health (is it good for you?), and deliciousness (does it taste good?). When you master all four . . .

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How to Be a Day 1 Person

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Jeff Bezos likes to call Amazon a "Day 1 company."

We are all familiar with the feeling of Day 1. 

It's that feeling of the incredible first date, starting a new job, the first day of school, the beginning of the playoffs, or launching a new idea or product.

Day 1 is all about movement, momentum, hard . . .

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Status Quo Bias

One of my favorite economists/philosophers, Tyler Cowen, has a great interview on the Ezra Klein Show, which I highly recommend.

At multiple points in the interview, they discuss status quo bias.

Status quo bias is exactly what it sounds like - an emotional bias in favor of the way things are.

The thing about status quo bias . . .

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March 30, 2017

The Adjacent Possible

and the exploration of unmapped territory

This is the fourth and final part of a series on learning. I encourage you to also read the intropart 1part 2, and part 3.


Isaac was daydreaming beneath the apple tree when one of the ripe, plump red apples dislodged itself from its branch and fell, smacking him right on the head.

As if struck by divine . . .

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August 13, 2016

Clarity

Next time someone asks you to hang out, instead of giving them a coded answer like "Yeah, crazy week, let's get together soon!" just be clear and honest:

"You know what, making more social plans just isn't one of my top priorities right now, but thank you."

"We've hung out a number of times now, and honestly I just don't . . .

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May 24, 2016

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 . . .

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April 05, 2016

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.

. . .

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February 12, 2016

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