ls 20 minutes late the new “on time”? – Why you shouldn’t accept lateness

Are you one of those people who cannot bear to be late – or one of those people who seems to be always running late?

For some people, being on time is an “obsession” –  and they can be very hard on themselves if they are running late. It makes them feel physically uncomfortable. The “on time” people also expect punctuality from others.

Former Hollywood and Facebook exec Chris Adams has very strong views ON TIME  about being on time.

Even though time and tardiness were not planned topics for our CAP videos – here’s how lateness became a topic for discussion. Does lateness drive YOU crazy?


I’m at Chris Adams’s office for our catch-up to record some more videos for the Chris Adams Project. We are both busy guys and we catch up every month or so in between doing all the tasks of our respective careers.

Chris is at least 10 times busier that I am – but he seems less stressed than I am – at least when I see him!

We’ve arranged to meet at  his office at 1:30 p.m. and he’s not there – but I have confidence he’ll be there – usually exactly on time. Sure enough –  he walks in at 1:30 – exactly!

Now for some of you being punctual  may not be a big deal and looking back at the video I think my question may sound sound kind of lame – How do you do it?   How do you make sure you are on time?  

Yet –  I sincerely want to know how Chris arranges his busy life to be on time – and why punctuality is so important to him.

I know that “creative” types can get so immersed in projects that interest them – that they can “lose track of time”.  Chris is a busy creative type with 1000 things going on at the same time – yet he is “fanatical” about being ON TIME – EVERY TIME!

From my experience working with all sorts of execs in Australia and around the world , people are so busy these days they are usually running late.  Meetings, phone conferences, training sessions usually start late  and then run late because at least one person is late.

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Earlier meetings run over…or someone has to finish up a phone call… or someone is stuck in traffic…or the  presentation or communication technology isn’t working… or…or…or!

Also, I’m seeing lateness more often as in these challenging economic times with all the cost cutting and job cutting in business there seems to be less people to do more work. 

“More on the plate – makes people late” and I’m finding in business more people are just shrugging their over-burdened shoulders and accepting lateness.

As Chris says: 20 minutes late seems to be the new “on time”.  For him that’s unacceptable!

Chris has strong opinions – and isn’t afraid to express them.

Some of you may find his views extreme, inflexible and even unrealistic

Others of you may say “Right on! He says what I feel but don’t come out and say!”.

See what you think.  Is he being realistic with his “hate of being late”?

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Who is writing this?

I’m Tony Biancotti – an Australian  journalist turned communication consultant, presentation trainer and coach and business writing “teacher”.  I learn lots from former Hollywood exec and Facebook exec Chris Adams (who now lives in Brisbane). Chris and I catch up every month or so and I capture his views (on business, presenting, pitching etc) on camera. I write the text (my opinion)  in these posts and Chris gives his opinion in the video.



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