I remember sitting in a productivity seminar in an Entrepreneurs’ Organization Conference in Chicago a few years ago when the speaker asked a series of interesting questions.
The first was: “Who in the room is habitually late for everything?” The second was: “Who in the room prides themself with being on time?”
Then he asked: “For those of you who are always late, what do you think the impression you leave with people is?”
The answers around the room were, “I’m busy, important, successful, value my time, etc.”
Then the speaker asked: “For those of you who are always on time, what do you think about people who are late for meetings?”
The answers they gave included: “rude, inconsiderate, poor planners, not very thoughtful, selfish, disorganized, etc.” You could have heard a pin drop.