If I Ruled the World (9/21/10)
Let's play a little game I like to call "If I Ruled the World." And this one is about respecting other people's time.
If I ruled the world, many more service businesses - like plumbers, appliance repairmen and cable companies - would keep regular evening and weekend hours instead of clocking out at 5 PM. What good does it do to know someone can do a job at your home "sometime between noon and 4" when you work full-time and can't be there?
If I ruled the world, appointment times would mean something - for all parties involved. For example, way too many doctors and other professionals don't think a thing about keeping you waiting when they deliberately overbook themselves. If patients and clients could refuse to pay a percentage of their bill every time that happened, I think that might stop.
If I ruled the world, when you're driving and see a line of cars waiting to go where you are going, you would not assume that your time is more valuable than everyone else in line. You would fall into line and wait your turn rather than race to the front of the line and cut in. You wouldn't cut line at a movie theater, or at the door walking into Freedom Hall. Why is it acceptable to do it in your car?
I spend a lot of time thinking about this stuff, but I'm very interested in what you would change if you ruled the world? Call us and tell us.
I'm Bill Lamb…and that's my Point of View