I have a bowl of chocolate on my desk. For any of you who know me, you know that I don't eat chocolate. So why do I have a bowl of it on my desk? To make friends and influence people of course!
There is one manager who likes the Hershey's Special Dark Chocolate mini bar, so every time he comes over I give him one. Mostly when we are done with him, I give him one, he thanks me and he leaves, no matter what he was doing. Rare occasions does he stick around after getting the chocolate.
He had already received his piece for the day (not that there is a limit, but beyond one piece I just make him ask...plus I am running out). So when he came over in the afternoon to give me something I thanked him and went to put it in the scanner. He was walking away, but saw me lean towards the scanner (which is right next to the candy dish) so he turned around and took a few steps towards my desk. I looked up to see if he needed anything and he laughed, mostly at himself, and explained that he thought I was going for the candy dish so he turned around to get the piece of candy, but just realized I wasn't doing that.
I had to laugh too and I said, "I really have you conditioned don't I?" Pavlov would be proud.
It made me think of an episode from The Office when Jim conditions Dwight to salivate for an Altoid every time his computer starts up...that makes me smile.