To make sure you show that respect, review your skills in these three key areas:
- Punctuality. Arrive on time for appointments. Start meetings on time. When people arrive at scheduled times, don’t keep them waiting.
- Brevity. Keep meetings compact and short. Don’t require people to go to long lunches with you when they should be working.
- Efficiency. Create structures that help people eliminate repetitive, unnecessary duties. But also remember that certain routines — such as filing quarterly budget reports or holding weekly staff meetings — provide a repetitive structure that helps people work better.