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Can I run an analogy by you?

For my upcoming leadership book I’m trying to figure out if the analogy between learning to program and learning to lead is helpful.

Would you take a minute and hit REPLY with an answer these questions?

There’s no right/wrong answer – I just want to see if what ideas/insights the analogy brings.


On learning to program

Question 1A: When you were first learning to program, how did you describe programming to non-programmers?

Question 1B: How would you describe programming to a non-programmer today?


On learning to manage

Question 2A: When you were first managing people, how did you describe it to a non-manager?

Question 2B: How would you describe managing to a non-manager today?


Looking for meaning

Question 3: What similarities do you see between your two transitions?

Question 4: What realizations did you have?


Looking forward to hearing back!

Stay curious,


About Marcus Blankenship

Where other technical coaches focus on process or tools, I focus on the human aspects of your Programmer to Manager transition. I help you hire the right people, create the right culture, and setup the right process which achieves your goals. Managing your team isn't something you learned in college. In fact, my clients often tell me "I never prepared for this role, I always focused on doing the work". If you're ready to improve your leadership, process and team, find out how I can help you.

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