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Designing problems is harder than it looks…

“Today you’re going to learn lessons about delegation, communication, observation, and team alignment. More importantly, you’ll learn about yourself and the impact you have on those around you. You’ll receive the instructions once you’re in your learning groups.”

The small learning groups move to their zoom videoconference rooms, where they receive their instructions.

“It is your job to design a complex problem which will take the other team no more than 60 minutes to solve. They must be able to solve the problem using tools and materials that are readily available to them, and working remotely. You have 60 minutes to design and document a problem for another team. You may ask your learning leaders questions via slack, or we can step into your zoom room for questions. Your time begins now.”

An hour passes faster than you ever imagined. Turning in your assignment, your group regroups for a few minutes.

Over the next hour, you watch another team struggle to solve the problem you designed. You clearly see areas where the instructions were unclear and gaps in understandings. Hard things get done easily, and items you thought would be easy seem impossible. The team struggled, and eventually achieves the goal! The room erupts in applause, as you realize how much you were cheering for their success.

Together you participate in a structured learning session, led by the leaders. Reflecting back on the experience, you see similarities and differences in your real life. You are surprised at what others learn and share your realizations with others.

After the session, your learning group huddles to discuss experiments and decisions you will take back to your job.

This is unlike any online leadership workshop, but it’s not for everyone. It requires five weeks of investment and a drive to improve your leadership skills.

If you’re ready to commit to being a better leader, I encourage you to apply today.  We’d love to have people like you.

Questions? Write me back and I’ll help you see if this is right for you.

Take care,


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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