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Peter Koehler

A New Year's Reader

Selected Readings for New Year's Eve

Last year Keeley and I co-produced the first edition of the New Year's Reader - a selection of readings to read quietly or aloud, alone or with others, upon the New Year.

This year, we are back with the second edition, and boy is it a good one.

I am excited to share it with you.

You may view and download the 2017 New Year's Reader at:

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December 30, 2016

Personal Reviews

and the power of prioritization

The Power of The Personal Review

On a sunny morning in April 2015 I woke up early, took a shower, and grabbed my backpack like I do everyday to go to work.

But on that Saturday, I wasn't going to work.

I was heading across town to Portland's St. John's neighborhood - a neck of the woods I don't visit very often.

Over the next . . .

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June 23, 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 feel like . . .

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May 24, 2016

Why You Shouldn't Shop At Walmart

 My last post - Why You Should Shop at Walmart - garnered a bit of a reaction. (I even lost subscribers!)

One of my readers responded and said:

Provocative piece and lots to disagree about.

Two things that jump out:

1. Walmart's reprehensible labor practices and pay scales 2. One reason their prices are so low is because they beat up . . .

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April 27, 2016

How I Organize & Prioritize

 
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I think one of the most valuable skills I've learned so far in my career is the power of effective prioritization.
 
While I am certainly no master, I am way better than I used to be at understanding the Pareto Principle (also known as the 80/20 rule).
 
If you can figure out what the most . . .

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April 19, 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

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

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