- I’ve worked with people who defined the objective as making everyone happy. Unfortunately, “happy” is sometimes a short-term thing. What makes people happy now, may make them very unhappy later, if the happiness comes at the expense of unnecessary work or a less successful project.
- There are also the well-intentioned people who work very hard to do their best, who end up unthinkingly maximizing their own performance at the expense of the team as a whole.
My objective as a team player is to do what I can to maximize the performance of the team to meet the goals of the team. The “Team Player” search results provide a lot of strategies for doing that. I think being useful is one of the best.Oh, and, as Mike implied, eating your vegetables usually won’t make the top 10; but, that’s no reason not to eat them.