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My three hopes for 2020

This has been a year of change for me.

Old friends passed, new friends came.

“Sure fire” ideas failed, and “long shots” succeeded.


Somehow, without my noticing, this email list became more than a “marketing channel.”

And you become more than just a “target customer.”

It might be a stretch, but I think we’re friends.

I think this because you share your ideas, suggestions, and problems with me.

And, I share mine with you.


In 2020, I want these patterns to continue.


Let me tell you what 2020 looks like for me.

First, I’m exited to tell you that I’ve joined Heroku/Salesforce as an Engineering Manager. I’ve been wanting to “get back in the game” of engineering management for a while, and am excited to put my consulting experience to work in new contexts.

Second, I’m going to keep writing. The new job should be excellent ‘fodder’ for these emails. Expect to hear reflections about being dropped into an existing team and the uncertainty, anxiety, and chaos it brings. Plus, I’m going to continue working on the book.

Third, I’m going to keep talking, through the podcast and conferences.

Fourth, I’m playing with new ways of working with other people who are passionate about excellent leadership.

Now, that might sound like a lot, but there’s at least 3x as many things I don’t plan to do in 2020. Workshops, trainings, consulting, coaching – I’m setting that aside for a season to focus on what my new team needs.

What I don’t want to set aside, is us.


Let me end the year by simply saying…

  • I appreciate you.
  • I hope to hear from you often.
  • I hope my writing and speaking helps you become the manager you want to be.


What do you hope for in 2020?

Happy holidays, and see you next year!


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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