Tuesday, November 02, 2021

Is "On Time" Late?

"If you're on time, you're late" is an expression that resonates with those of us who so value punctuality that we almost always arrive early.

Arriving late may work for some social receptions and parties but never for a business appointment.

At the same time, cooling your heels in a lobby 15 or 20 minutes before a meeting is strange and excessive. [If you're that early, stay in your car and read or review your plans for the meeting.]

Culture, of course, makes a difference. I recall being told in the Army that if you are scheduled for a 3:00 social event at a general's home, you ring the doorbell at 3:00.

Not at 2:59.

And certainly not at 3:01.

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