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coke machine syndromeJoe Segen2016-12-08T18:38:19+00:00
coke machine syndrome
A popular term referring to highly focused interest by a group or enterprise on an irrelevant and minor issue, while often giving short shrift to critical and significant issues.
The term refers to the prolonged discussion that may occur during a business meeting about the 5%–where to put a soft drink machine, which contrasts to the short discussions in the same meeting about the 95%–budgets, inventory, sales, staffing, etc.
Explanation for coke machine syndrome
• Everyone knows something about coke machines.
• Everyone is personally affected by the decision.
• Everyone has an opinion.
While this term–as here defined–arguably fills a lexical void, it is clearly not a syndrome.