When I lectured at MIT at the Entrepreneurial Masters Program, I promised the CEOs in the class that we’d start on time.
When I actually delivered on that promise, they were dumbfounded.
If CEOs weren’t present at the start of class, or hadn’t returned to the class after a break, we shut the door and started without them.
A gesture this simple respects people’s time and helps you stay on course.
I coach and mentor CEOs to try to also ’compress time’ when you are booking meetings. When you are thinking of booking a meeting if what ever time amount you first think you’ll need to have the meeting in – reduce it by fifty percent and book it for that shorter period of time. So instead of booking it for one hour, book it and finish it in thirty minutes.
Like so many other obligations, meetings tend to fill the space you give them. By compressing the time of meetings, you increase everyone’s productivity, and implement a highly profitable system of time management.
For more information on this topic, check out: Leadership at 100MPH.