Christiaan Lam – over de dagelijkse avonturen van een mobiele manager
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Manager attitude principle 2: time

On time is on time
At first glance, this may seem a specific form of principle 1. It does have, however, its own nuances and specific impact on your subordinates.
time [tahym]
1. the system of those sequential relations that any event has to any other, as past, present, or future; indefinite and continuous duration regarded as that in which events succeed one another.
2. duration regarded as belonging to the present life as distinct from the life to come or from eternity; finite duration.
3. (sometimes initial capital letter) a system or method of measuring or reckoning the passage of time: mean time; apparent time; Greenwich Time.
4. a limited period or interval, as between two successive events: a long time.
5. a particular period considered as distinct from other periods: Youth is the best time of life.

Being on time (or, oh horror, being late) gives a certain message to those you are going to meet with (more about that subject here). So, which messages does it give.

First off, if you are not in time, you have explicitely not kept to your part of a deal (also known as agreement). Therefore, you have then committed a sin towards Principle 1!
Secondly, every minute you are late and others have to wait for you, the number of minutes times the number of participants is lost forever;
And thirdly, it fits not your role of example (more about that in a later installment).

And remember, time is money, and wasting time is therefore wasting money.

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