I would like to see a test of some top CEOs, to examine whether they actually really and truly produce 50 to 100 times the value of one of their minions.
How could you do such tests? Well, they'd be multi-part. There would be typing speed; analysis of email production time and quality; tracking of the number of phone calls made while on the job; and presumably the standardised tests that are often used to choose office staff.
There would also need to be several controls, to simulate the average employee's situation more closely. These could include the 'family simulator' whereby the CEO is woken in the middle of the night by a crying baby. An automated elbow could be employed to accompany this, along with the recorded "It's your turn to do feeding". There would be regular drug and alcohol tests, and any evidence of alcohol in your system that costs more than the local supermarket's weekly specials would be cause for instant dismissal!
Then there is the 'budget test', whereby the CEO is expected to live on the average Australian wage while paying off the average home loan and managing the average family.
Finally, at random intervals during the testing period emails would be sent through the company about its poor performance and likely imminent need for layoffs.
Is this the kind of 'extreme testing' you had in mind, or is it just me?
There are plenty of politicians I can think of who would be unable to keep their mouth shut for thirty seconds.
You may be able to use mobile phones without ever scratching or breaking them, @tndkemp, but most of us are human. While I haven't run over my mobile phone, I did have an incident many years ago in which had I failed to notice that it had absconded from my belt clip I would have run over it. I keep my phones in rather bulky and decidedly ugly after-market cases (including screen covers), which somewhat defeats the purpose of 'newer/thinner/lighter', but see plenty of people with cracked screens or other damage to these valuable pieces of equipment.
I would love to have a mobile phone that did not need to be completely covered in order to protect my investment - but have not yet seen a decent one that is durable enough to match the demands of normal, everyday life. Thus, I think 'extreme' testing is a great idea.