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“Dude, crank it to the left!”

I’m on “vacation” this week, which means I’m writing you from a trailer on the Oregon coast.  I was backing my travel trailer into the campsite when a voice boomed from the bushes: “Dude, crank it to the left!”

This 6′ 4″ guy with a buzz-cut emerges from the bushes and starts barking orders at me.  “You’re gonna hit the bush.  Stop… no slower… turn it…  Nope, start over.”

Without thinking, I followed his orders and assumed he knew what he talked about.  My wife was at the back of the campsite, guiding me, but I quickly lost sight of her as I tried to follow his directions.

The third time I had to circle the campsite and re-approach, he walked over to my wife and asked, “Is this his first time backing in a trailer??”

“Nope, we’ve done it many times by ourselves.”

Surprised, he paused and went back to his campsite.  When I pulled up, he was gone, and Amy and I backed it in without any problems.

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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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