I was in a conversation today and someone brought up a story that most of us have probably heard of in some form or fashion. It is eccentric and over the top so that would lead to the story being twisted many times in its retelling. It doesn't matter how you twist it the genius of the story is still there and it escapes most people. So with that, I thought that I would let you see the wisdom of the story so that in the future it may help you identify the method behind other events that may seem absurdly eccentric.
Have you heard the story of the "Rock Star" that requests that at each show there is a bowl of jelly beans or m&ms with a certain color removed? The rocker checks this bowl and finds the offending treat and promptly cancels the show, calling it a breach of contract. I have never seen such a genius move but I am willing to bet that there are many other situations where a small insignificant detail is a deal endear.
If you consider what a contract for a major rock band must look like, it would be amazing to even find the small snippet about colored candies. But what about all the smaller details like the weight that the stage has to hold? how about the power levels and requirements for the sound gear and engineering restrictions that make the show safe for the band and the audience? If the promoter is so incompetent that they miss the small details like colored candies, they have most likely missed seemingly insignificant details that could end the show on a bad note.
So if the first thing that the rocker checks is the candies it is a good indication that they must check every little detail to have a successful show. More importantly to avoid a disaster or lawsuit. Pure Genius!
How does this apply to you, if your boss is asking for an absurd seemingly insignificant detail in his coffee order this might mean that he is testing your attention to detail. If you are the boss and you need to make some cuts this could also be a detail test to ensure that you don't cut the most valuable players. Why would you need a test? Because as we all know, the one who gets the credit for an outstanding job rarely acted alone and may have a habit of accepting misplaced accolades. NM