I recently returned from a trip to London with my husband. We were blown away by how little traffic there was in the centre of the city. Dublin is a much smaller city than London but we still don’t have anywhere near the level of transport infrastructure that is needed for a capital city.
The London Underground is amazing, particularly as it was the world’s first underground system and designed in 1843 by Brunel! There is no doubt though that you need to have your wits about you when using it! Having so many choices and ways to navigate the city is a huge bonus but as a transport system it has its positives and negatives.
In a spirit of self awareness, I am happy to acknowledge that I am not great with maps. I was delighted that my co-traveller was my husband – he is a wizard at reading underground maps quickly. Whenever I travel on my own, I know that I need to be more mindful of where I am going and that speedy map reading is not my strong point! So planning is crucial if I am to get where I need to be.
I love to use analogies to help land concepts with clients. So, as I started engaging with clients again this week, I was struck by the obvious similarities between navigating the underground and navigating the twists and turns of a scaling business.
If you are a seasoned business or social traveller, maybe the expanded journey map below will resonate and there are some tips we can all remain mindful of as we continue our adventures…