Why Don’t Kenyans Respect Time?

Why Don’t Kenyans Respect Time?

I read somewhere recently that if you want 30 mins of quality alone time, call a meeting in Kenya and arrive on time. It immediately struck me as both funny and true, time is not respected in the +254! Oh yes. Nothing pisses me off more than people who are habitually late. We already waste so many hours in traffic moving from A – B that surely we should be time conscious but sadly we aren’t, why is this?

What is even more disturbing is that many of us take it for granted that other people have nothing better to do with their day that sit around waiting for them. I once lost a major deal for my employers because I refused to be happy that a client arrived 30 mins late for a meeting. I had another meeting scheduled after the client meeting. so when the client arrived, I listened for 5 mins and then excused myself. There was no way I was going to be late for an appointment because the client was late to this one. I was told I was “arrogant” and the company chose to advertise elsewhere. I felt sorry for the sales rep who lost her commission but what else could I do.

Of course, sometimes it works for you. Two days ago, a pal of mine who’s here on business had a 2pm meeting. I knew the person he would be meeting would be late, and I had to meet him too, so I showed up at the venue of his meeting and managed to have a THIRTY MINUTE with him before his appointment turned.

The point I’m making is that we need to be more respectful of each others time. We always seem to make it in time to get “Turnt up” but are less like to turn up on time for matters that will define whether we make it life. It’s like we are hustling backward. You need to demand that the people that you do business with respect your time and you need to respect theirs. It’s a cliche, but time really is money.

Jedi Master T

March 16th, 2016

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