How do you know somebody is serious when they are working for you, or simply being a new friend. First way I judge is if that person is on time. I know it is a simple thing, but it is the most important way I judge if someone respects me.
The owner of the company at my old job did this to me one time which turned out to be the catalyst that made me start thinking about starting Grass Shack. He arrived 20 minutes late for my yearly review. The review was slated for an hour. He walked in plopped down in his chair and immediately asked why he should give me a raise when I bring in no money for him. Before I could answer him his assistant came in with some coffee and they chatted for a few minutes.
I felt I had been working my ass all year doing the job I was assigned to do which did not involve any sales work. Where I knew he would say something like this because he was a well known dick to anyone who met him, the being so late part really was the insulting part for me. It was so disrespectful because I worked all year for this one moment, yearly review. The rest of the year obviously was his because I received a paycheck from him.
I always plan to get to any meeting 1/2 hour before just to be on the safe side. If it is an important meeting it gives me time to collect my thoughts and walk in relaxed and ready instead of racing around trying to find parking and the meeting spot.