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Peter Koehler

How to Master the Art of the Aggressive Follow Up In Five Simple Steps

My first job out of school was on a political campaign. 

I always recommend campaigns to soon-to-be graduates because you quickly learn a bunch of general skills which are valuable and relevant across sectors. So even if you don't end up in politics, you will acquire skills which you can put to . . .

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December 04, 2016

Three Strategies for Better Learning

This is Part 3 of a four part series on learning. Be sure to also check out the intropart 1, and part 2.


At the end of Part 2: The Final Draft Fallacy, I shared the following formula:

High Impact Learning = Growth Mindset + Strategy + Discipline

Parts 1 and 2 were about the growth mindset part of this equation.

This post is . . .

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August 12, 2016

Shoshin (初心)

Approaching Life with a Beginner's Mind

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Have you ever heard someone say one of the following phrases? Have you ever said them? 

"That's the way we do things around here."

"That's the industry standard."

"We can't do it that way."

"That's just the best way to do it."

Almost all of us hear these phrases or ones like them. Not infrequently, but daily.

The more we hear them, . . .

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August 09, 2016

The Jam Strategy

Before she died, my Nana wrote a memoir.

A true love labor, she spent months crafting her stories, working with a local writer to hone the tone of each memory. It was a work for end of life. For reflection. And for sharing of wisdom.

When she finished, she wanted it printed. A small run for friends and family.

She asked her daughter-in-law, . . .

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July 24, 2016

Hacking the Weekend

It's Friday afternoon and I am working remotely in Oregon's high desert.

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I woke up early this morning and hit the road for the three hour drive.

By 10:00 AM I was plugged in at my quiet and peaceful "desk" with a beautiful view.

In an hour or so when I wrap up, I won't be rushing out the . . .

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July 01, 2016

My Tactical Setup for Ultimate Productivity

the tools and methods that work for me

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This is the 7th and final part of Productivity Week. 

A quick recap of what we've covered so far:

Part 1: The problem with most productivity advice

Part 2: What is productivity anyway? (Hint - it's NOT getting to inbox zero)

Part 3: Time - we don't have that much of it. Do you know how you spend yours?

Part 4: Prioritization is . . .

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June 26, 2016

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