“Time management training is excellent ” said someone.
“Only if the trainer comes on time” said someone else.
Have you faced a situation ….
when a 10’O clock meeting might start at 10:30(tentative). When people you don’t know would be taking part in the meeting hanging around in the room and walking away as soon as their cell phones ring/vibrate. When the participants would be hanging outside the room until you poke your head out and say “lets start???”. When, you are called for a meeting only to find that, that room is already occupied by someone else who update you every 5 minutes that their meeting will be over in the next 5 minutes. When, you are called for a mandatory meeting only to find that it has nothing to do with you or your team.
For some, time is not a fixed quantity, well time is variable, but that doesn’t mean that you plan for a meeting at 10 and turn up at 10:30. And worse when the meeting is prolonged often with discussions out of topic and which can be taken offline!
Time in India can be classified as
1. Railway Time – When you start or stop a meeting very late.
2. Bollywood Time – When you are on time for the meeting, but the meeting has already started 10 mins early ! This is called Bollywood Time as you always miss the parts of movies as they start issueing tickets late and start the movie ahead of scheduled time. Not applicable to multiplexes though.
3. Politics Time – When people are only concerned about their own time and not about the rest.
Let me conclude with a true story.
A friend of mine (A) is well known for his tardiness. His conversation with B:
A : “B, you asked me to wait at the Bus depot at 10 AM and I was on time. Where were you???”
B : “You were on time ?”
A : “YA ! you guys blame me for not being punctual and there I was waiting for you for an hour”
B : ” WHAT THE beep beep beep” followed by 3 mins of abusive language..
After 3 mins
B : “I said 10 AM yesterday! You are 24 hours late !!!!!!”