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What I saw when I turned my head to the left

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I need to lose weight, so I try to walk every day.  Some of you might recall that I went to Europe 18 months ago, and I’ve gained 20 pounds since then.  Ugh!

To try and reverse this trend, I walk for 45-60m each day.  And I always walk the same familiar route each day.  I don’t pay much attention to the surroundings because there isn’t anything new to see.

Or, so I thought.

Today I turned my head to the left at a place I never had before, and I saw something new.  I saw a familiar landmark from a new perspective.  It surprised me so much; I stopped in my tracks.
“Oh, that’s what it looks like from the other side!” I exclaimed aloud.

I was so surprised that I spent the rest of the walk looking for new things.  Swiveling my noggin from side-to-side, looking for new perspectives.

It reminded me of when I was a Team Lead, and I used to walk down the hall with my head down, thinking there wasn’t anything new to see.
What new things would I have seen if I’d turned my head more often?

New things about my team, my customer, our process and our code.  New perspectives open up new possibilities.

What will you see if you turn your head left today?

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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