I’ve been thinking about this a bit lately but more in the context of which work I take on. Some clients mean well but their expectations can be disproportionately draining and counter-productive. Seth Godin has sage advice (as usual) in his post titled “The care and feeding (and shunning) of vampires” which includes this gem:
Don’t buy into the false expectation that in an organizational democracy, every voice matters. Every voice doesn’t matter–only the voices that move your idea forward, that make it better, that make you better, that make it more likely you will ship work that benefits your tribe.
Although vampires may be emotionally related to trolls, don’t confuse them. They are not necessarily the same.