If you have been to London, you know the phrase “Mind the Gap”. It is painted on the platforms in the underground tube stations. A woman’s voice with a lovely British accent reminds riders as they exit to Mind the Gap (though she pronounces it like “Moind thee Gop”). Now, try saying “Moind thee Gop” with your best British accent. Did you try it? You actually did, didn’t you?
Being in London, Cambridge and the UK was surreal. They have a fabulous transit system of buses, trains, and the underground tube. The history and architecture is rich; the people and culture even richer. You can’t beat riding around the UK listening to Love Me Do by the Beatles! We walked the cobblestone streets of the University of Cambridge system of 31 colleges; we visited Trinity College of Cambridge where Isaac Newton dormed as a student; we walked St Johns College where William Wilberforce began to develop convictions and character that led to the abolition of slavery. In London, we saw Westminster Abbey, the place of Princess Diana’s funeral in 1997 and the royal wedding of William and Kate last year. The many sights of the London Eye, London Bridge, London Towers, cathedrals, double-decker buses were like a mix of Harry Potter, Narnia, Chariots of Fire and James Bond. I had to watch Skyfall on the plane ride home!
My wife and I were there as part of our job. We are part of a task force to help our organization train our new leaders worldwide in 39 desired outcomes in attitude, knowledge and skill. We are moinding thee gop (your accent is improving!) between past and present organizational needs. Our leadership development/human resources leaders in Western Europe were meeting to evaluate their current curriculum against the new desired outcomes. They are doing a wonderful job!
Mind the gap is a good reminder for me as well. I have gaps in my own life to which I need to pay attention. If you are self aware, I bet that you do too. I have thought of a few places I need to mind the gap:
- between who I am on the inside and who I pretend to be
- between what I sell and what I deliver
- between what I say and what I do
- between what I promise and what I actually fulfill
- between my beliefs and my behavior
- between my image/reputation and my true character
If I don’t mind the gap between the train and the platform, I will stumble. When I don’t mind the gaps in my personal life, the results can be even more disastrous to me and the people I lead.
What gaps do you need to mind today? What other gaps are missing from my list? Leave a thought here.
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