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Peter Koehler

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

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

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