A man living in Florida is awakened one morning by the ringing of his phone. In answering I the finds the caller to be his boss.
“How soon can you be in Chicago?” His boss asks him.
“Tomorrow morning if I hurry,” the man says.
“Great!” his boss replies and hangs up the phone.
The man scrambles about to arrange a flight to Chicago. His efforts require great inconvenience and expense but he manages to board his flight and arrives in Chicago the next morning with only the barest of essentials to last him through the trip.
He presents himself to his boss as soon as he makes his way from the airport to the office.
On seeing him his boss demands, “What are you doing here?”
“You asked me how quickly I could get here when we spoke yesterday,” the man says.
“Yes, but I don’t need you here until Sunday. I just wanted to make sure you could get here by then. Oh well. Try to keep yourself occupied until Sunday then be back here bright and early.” His boss says.
The man leaves the office and makes arrangements to stay in the city four nights. He acquires clothes and necessities he needs for a longer stay than he had originally anticipated. He spends the next four days trying to make use of his time but spends most of it wandering without direction through the city.
Finally Sunday arrives and presents himself before his Boss bright and early.
“Where are the musicians?” his boss asks?
“Musicians?” The man replies.
“Yes. Musicians for the performance tonight.”
“I haven’t brought any musicians,” the man says.
“Well you had better hurry up and get some here before noon. They need to practice before they perform.”
The man hurries away and begins calling everyone he can think of to find the musicians. With barely enough time left he manages to find a group available and willing to play that evening that can be ready to rehearse by noon.
At the appointed hour the man arrives at the office with the musicians in tow. But his boss is no where to be found. His cell phone rings. It is his boss and he is not happy. “Where are you?” His boss demands
“I’m at the office with the musicians.”
“Why are you there! I’m at the venue. They should be here!”
“I’ll send you the address. Get them here now!”
His boss hung up and the address appeared on the man’s phone. Thirty minutes later the man and the muscians arrived at the location. They hurried into the venue and found the man’s boss pacing back and forth. He looked at the man and muscians puzzled.
“What is this?” he asked.
“These are the muscians,” the man replied.
“I need a marching band for the pre-game show! What am I going to do with them!”
The man couldn’t think of anything to say. He just stood there in shock.
“We’re done,” his boss said. “Get on a plane back to Florida. You’re fired.”
The man slowly turned around and walked away.
Question: Have you ever acted without fully understanding your requirements? What was the outcome?