I was watching the Bears get blown out by the Packers earlier this week. The Packers have dominated the Bears for a long time. There is a lot to admire about the Packers. There is a reason Green Bay is called Title Town USA.
The most famous coach in the history of Green Bay is Vince Lombardi. As I was watching the game the announcers began talking about “Lombardi Time”. In tribute to the iconic coach the clock at the entrance to Lambeau Field is deliberately set 15 minutes ahead.
“On time” for Lombardi meant being 15 minutes early. If players showed up for a meeting only 14 minutes early, they would be considered late. It is all a part of the Lombardi legend.
Timeliness tells us a lot about a person’s character. It is a matter of integrity. When we tell someone we will be to a meeting at a certain time we are making a commitment. When we fail to keep that commitment we are communicating that we do not value that other person’s time.
We do make mistakes. Last night I had a meeting scheduled at 7pm. Unfortunately, I made a mistake in my scheduling that caused me to be late for the meeting. Instead of showing up before 7pm, I did not arrive until about 7:10pm.
Tardiness happens. There are unexpected events that occur. The problem was that I had my calendar stretched to the max. I had two events scheduled with no margin in between. So when my first commitment went longer than expected it encroached upon my second commitment.
It would be easy to blame circumstances. It would be easy to blame others for complicating my schedule. The truth is that I am the one to blame. I was the one responsible for my calendar. I was the one who did not account for the unexpected.
Maybe there is something we can learn from Packer legends. The unexpected will happen. There is traffic. There are kids who are temperamental when you are trying to get out the door. The GPS takes you to the wrong address and gets you lost. A good rule of thumb is to expect the unexpected. If I would have had a 15 minute margin in my schedule, everything would have been fine.
It is a lesson learned! How will you build more margin in your schedule to honor your commitments and live with integrity?