Never Turn Up Late To A Meeting With The CEO
By Donovan Grant
“You will never “find” time for anything. If you want time, you must make it” – Charles Bruxton
Getting to an appointment on time is essential. Whether you have a meeting with a CEO or with a clerical assistant, you have a duty to turn up on time and ready to do business. In fact your punctuality will say a lot about that type of person that you are.
Now don’t get me wrong, because sometimes we all turn up to meetings late due to reasons outside of our control. Stuff happens. If you’re reaction is like mine, you may go into a panic because you are someone who loves to be on time. If this does happen, it’s a good idea to ring ahead and let them know that you are running late. It’s always best to be honest rather than make up a good excuse even if you are worried that you’re going to be judged on the lateness.
Just as an aside, are you someone who often seems to be late for appointments? The best advice I ever heard give was to set your watch five minutes fast. Hopefully, you will always be on time for meetings and you’ll finish all meetings five minutes early!
Anyway, back to the topic…as article is being written, I am sitting on a train and running 22 minutes behind schedule. I have got a meeting with the CEO this evening and will definitely be late. Everything was set up to catch an earlier train, what I didn’t build into the plan was being held up by a connecting train with a faulty door! It’s not my fault. It could not help it. It’s just one of those things.
What would you say to a CEO if you arrive late for a meeting?
“Sorry, I’m late sir; our train had a defective door so it was cancelled.”
It’s the truth, but it’s still an excuse and it sounds so feeble to have to say that to a CEO. I really don’t like to give excuses or being late!
The CEO is actually my 8 year old son Emmanuel. We do live in the same house and see each other every day just like normal families. Monday evenings have become special. We have an appointment that is called the meeting with the CEO. We discuss progress since last week’s meeting and discuss issues that have come up for the CEO this week. For example, last weeks issue was how the CEO could replace the funds that he lost because he broke mum’s glass ornament. He had been fined a large sum of pocket money and wanted to raise the funds to replace his loss. In the meeting we came up with the following plan:
My Ways To Make Money
Help wash mum and dad’s car £3
Do laundry for sister £2
Help other sister with dish washing £2
Do typing for dad £1
Listen and be respectful
The CEO had it all figured out and he would report back next week. These meetings between us are quality time and we treat them that way. All of our other father and son moments between me and Emmanuel are normal family life and equally as important. However on Monday’s he’s the CEO and I’m his personal assistant. It’s an appointment that we treasure, we look forward to and we take seriously.
Taking time out with our children is important. If you are blessed with more than one child, then it’s great if you can have time where you can share with them on a one to one basis. When your children know that you care about them and are willing to make time and give them responsibility, they will grow even more. They will love you even more as a parent; and their self esteem will improve as they grow. When we share great character building moments with our children at home, this will spill over into school life and social life too. Let’s take time for our children and remember to be on time and be respectful when we meet them. Treat them like you would if you were going to a meeting the Mr Microsoft, Bill Gates.
They deserve the best!
Ps. The CEO forgave me for being late as long as I help him to do the dishes!
Let’s hear about your special moments that you share with your family by leaving a comment below. Your testimony could be just the inspiration that someone needs to hear right now!
I believe in you and I am grateful to you for allowing us to serve you each and everyday!
Donovan Grant is a "Honest and True Step By Step Work-life balance and Career Coach. His systems help the average career changer as well as high flier get extra-ordinary results quickly. www.donovangrant.com.