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Mind the Gap: Building a Business for Success

Mind the GapYes, I've got another life lesson post for you. For those of you wondering if I've abandoned writing about technology, rest assured that I'll be getting back to the techy stuff soon. I can't avoid it. It's in my DNA. For now, there are a lot of things I have learned in my life, both personal and professional, that I think could be valuable to others, so I felt the need to share. 

Recently, I took a trip to the UK, and it’s almost shameful to admit that I hadn't yet made it to Europe.   Anyone who travels to the UK obviously has to use public transportation, so the Tube was a regular source of passage.  One thing that caught my attention was the phrase “mind the gap” when entering or exiting the train.  While at first this seemed a little comical to me, I later thought about it and wanted to draw this similarity to the business world. 

Often times we get caught up in the day-to-day and miss out thinking about the future and building a business for success. This gap in our thinking can limit our success.  It’s critical to allow people you surround yourself with to grow, take risks and be accountable.  As an effective leader, I feel the most important responsibility is to remove barriers and allow people to achieve their full potential.  Those who take advantage will help themselves, and the company, to reach amazing heights.  So make sure you mind the gap and give people a platform to get on the train. 

Posted by: Tim McQuillen at 9:04 AM
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