Chapter 30. Promises Made, Promises Kept: Finishing on Time Matters

Ever worked late into the night on an assignment, sweating to finish something as the hours tick by? Almost everyone has pushed to meet a deadline. We push ourselves because we know deadlines matter. But beyond that short-term panic, how many of us stop and consider quite how much they matter?

True professionals understand that finishing on time is a fundamental promise of business. Barring fire, flood, or earthquake, if you make a commitment to do something at work, you should do everything you can to get it done, and done on time. Failure to do so not only causes short-term problems for the organization and embarrassment for you, but in the long term, repeatedly missed deadlines ...

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