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Peter Koehler

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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

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 . . .

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February 26, 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 . . .

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February 13, 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 . . .

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February 11, 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

Second Nature

Is up to you

The term second nature connotes a layer over one's "first nature."

While first nature may be immutable (a debate for another time), second nature describes behaviors, habits, and automatic responses that we can practice and learn with nothing more than intention and time.

When you google "second . . .

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November 02, 2015

Can vs. How Can

A mental framework

In a recent episode of On Being with Krista Tippett, the guest, Ellen Langer, describes a mental framework she recommends.

Rather than asking "can I do X?", ask yourself "how can I do X?"

She sums it up nicely:

When you ask yourself 'how do you do something?', you are bypassing your . . .

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Setember 29, 2015

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