#Punctuality February 5

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If you attended college you probably heard of students needing to wait 15 minutes for the professor to show up before they would leave. Some have said that is by-product of something in academia called Academic Quarter.

At one US College Campus UC Berkley there is an unofficial practice called Berkley Time


In essence classes start 10 minutes later than the posted time at Cal. Berkley Time is a rather unusual practice at  college campus. Not ever college student has the luxury of Berkley Time.

Here is an editorial opposing it in 2014. To my knowledge it is still a practice.

If you research the traits of character development you often find PUNCTUALITY as one of those characteristics. Why is it important?

To me it is important because time is the most limited resource any of us possess. Daily, we all have just 1,440 minutes in each day. When we abuse the time of others through lack of punctuality, we are stealing a part of their daily bank account of 1,440 minutes.

Punctuality is doing the right thing at the right time. Being late is a me-centered character trait. Being on time is a we-centered trait. I also believe that being on time shows management skills. When we are on time for commitments we have made we demonstrate to others we can be trusted. We are reliable.

When I was coaching college basketball having a culture of starting on time was important to me. I would tell my teams at the beginning of each season the following : “I have left taller people than you behind”. I unhappy to report that often I would leave a player on campus who was not on time for the bus. I am happy to report that it didn’t ever happen twice with that player.

As a leader you may have to confront team members who don’t possess the characteristic of punctuality. More importantly if you are a person who is always running late it is sending a powerful but silent message about your character.

You may want to visit this website Lateness.org and learn techniques to help you improve. We all can’t be on Berkley Time.






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