Scott Hanson is always on time. In fact, he is generally 10-15 minutes early to everything – including parties. (Don’t worry, for parties he circles the neighborhood so as not to arrive before everything is ready)
And of course he is – he is a Green Bay Packer owner.
It was Vince Lombardi, the legendary coach of the Green Bay Packers and winner of five NFL championships, including the first two Super Bowls, who famously had his team on “Vince Lombardi Time,” which meant 10 minutes early. When he said practice started at 10 a.m., for example, if you arrived at 9:51 a.m., you were one minute late.
Today, thinking that New York Jets quarterback Geno Smith wished he was more a Packer than a Jet. Over the weekend, Smith – who has had a lackluster start to his career and been accused of not taking his role seriously enough – didn’t just show up late to a Saturday night team meeting, but he didn’t show at all.
His excuse – the time change confused him. In fact, when the meeting started, he was out seeing Gone Girl.
You can guess how effective he was in his game on Sunday – NOT.
“Being confused about time” might very well play a role in him losing his job.
Respecting other people’s time is a big deal – whether in football or in business.
And while I am a Chicago Bears/Arizona Cardinals fan, I’ve learned through Scott the importance of not just showing up – but doing so on time and ready to work/learn.
So I ask you this – are you always on time? Early? Chronically late? Think it has had an impact on your life or career? Is there anywhere it is acceptable to be late?