Many people who know me, know that I am obsessed with time. This means, being on time for calls, never being late for meeting and so on. I think it is due to me being crazed for achieving optimal efficiency, which is often helped through computers and a strict routine.
So when I speak with a prospect, client or even a personal friend who has no respect for time – my time or their own time – it bugs me.
This happens often enough, but this afternoon I had someone call me to have a meeting. Let me take you back a bit to give you more history.
I don’t remember exactly when, but maybe a month ago, we spoke on the phone and told him, to give him a price, I need to meet. He then said he will call me, but hopes to call me next week to set something up. That flew by. Yesterday, around noon, I get a call from this guy. I answer, he said, without telling me who he is – what time are you around until today. I said, who is this? He gives me his name. I said, what is this in reference to? He reminds me. So I tell him about 6pm.
Fast forward to today. Yea, he never showed or called after that yesterday. But today, he calls the office. Someone else answers. He talks to whomever answered like he would be aware of a meeting between myself and him, which never happened. The guy who answered put him on hold, spoke to me and then schedule a meeting at 3pm today.
I figured he wouldn’t be here at 3, based on our past conversations. So I told him that it can’t go past 4pm.
The guy shows up at 3:45pm. I decide to talk to him until 4pm and then say goodbye.
This potentially can be a large project but do I want to get involved, knowing that we conflict on how we value or view time?
Update: Seems like nowadays most people reply to me via Twitter (which kills my comments):
@rustybrick don’t do it. I’ve had the same exact experience with contractors and regretted every time.
@rustybrick no, it’s definitely not too much to ask. If they don’t value your time now, imagine when/if they were a client.
@rustybrick that guy either has no respect for you or is a total flake and the project will be a disaster – RUN!
@rustybrick You can’t work with dorks maintaining such an attitude. You won’t be happy, he won’t be happy, it’ll cost both of you money. Run
@rustybrick: People often have very different priorities but differences in attitude don’t preclude being good at what’s really important.
@rustybrick I’d say no too. I’m a stickler 4 punctuality. It’s a mark of how much you value the other person’s time.