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My daughter was hit in the face

My 23-year-old daughter, Maggie, has a scar above her right eye.

She was hit in the face,

by a guy with a golf club.


She dropped like a rock,

blood streaming down her dress.

My wife screaming.

I was frozen, stunned.


I bent to help her,

still holding the club.


I have a careless backswing,

during putt-putt mini golf,

on Maggie’s 8th birthday.


I didn’t intend to hurt anyone,

but intentions often don’t matter.

The scars remain.


Be careful with your backswing,

and other unintended consequences of your powerful actions.


When you falter, which we all do, bend to help.

Apologize, and don’t pretend scars won’t remain.


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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