I really liked George Carlin's last book; "Last Words - A Memoir". In it he wrote the following, which I find very scary and very profound all at once.
"The worst thing about groups are their values...you will do things in the name of a group that you would never do on your own...because you’ve lost your identity, because you now owe your allegiance to this thing that’s bigger than you are and that controls you.
What are your group's values? Honesty, trust, cooperation, respect, or get it done at any cost?
Project management is about groups of people working together to bring to realization the project's objectives...and doing it on time, on budget and with expected quality and scope.
In my experience, most project teams are staffed with decent, cooperative, competent people, but many times there can be one or more toxic team members bent on steering the group to service their personal agenda. These toxic turkeys don't care about the project's objectives, they only care about themselves and their own agenda (usually hidden). When you see this type of person on your team remove them or get your sponsor to remove them before they poison the rest of the team and stop your project's progress.
Remember what Carlin said about large groups, "the larger the group, the more toxic it is, and the more of your beauty as an individual you have to surrender for the sake of group thought."
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