Source | www.forbes.com | Dan Pontefract
Normally I have a 10-minute rule.
If I am scheduled to have a virtual meeting with someone (telephone, Skype, Zoom, etc.) I’ll give him or her 10 minutes to show up before I move on. It’s not rude; it’s about being protective of my calendar.
Just as I was about to hang up on my 12:30 pm meeting last Friday—when the clock was yearning to strike 12:40 pm—my acquaintance came barreling onto the telephone scene.
“I’m so sorry, Dan,” she pleaded, simultaneously gasping for air. “The last meeting ran late, and I had to run to my office to take this call.”
It happens all the time. Punctuality is now poisonous.
Two weeks ago I was in a face-to-face meeting with four other people. It started on time. Miraculously everyone was present and punctual.