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Peter Koehler

Sin and Virtue and Happy Birthday

A birthday note to my sister

My sister just turned 26. Below is the birthday card that I wrote for her (shared with permission!).

At the end of the card, I offer this wish:

Let that little light of yours shine.
Keep your loves in order.
And don’t apologize to anyone about it.

When I write, I am often writing to/for myself as much as anyone else. So this wish is not only . . .

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January 08, 2018

4 Things I Learned from Jay-Z

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“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 . . .

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December 05, 2017

The most hopeful bridge in the world

A Parable of Rush Hour Diplomacy

There is a bridge in Portland called the Ross Island bridge. It’s a relatively nondescript bridge architecturally. It’s not very pedestrian friendly. Sure, there are some nice views, but nobody is writing home about the Ross Island Bridge.

But maybe they should be. Because tucked away at the west end of the bridge is one of the . . .

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October 18, 2017

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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August 29, 2017

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 work, and . . .

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April 13, 2017

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 feel like . . .

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May 24, 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

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