Is someone else taking credit for your successes?
Research shows that more and more employees are complaining to management that colleagues are stealing their ideas, blaming others, or setting co-workers up as scapegoats.
So what do you do?
It’s simple – you take control back.
Action – First, have a little compassion and realize that often people pull these tricks because they have little confidence in their own abilities.
Second, keep track of what and when you do things by email or a paper trail.
Third, let your management know your situation, but don’t rely on them to solve it.
Fourth, talk to the person and tell them you’re happy to share the glory or blame when it’s warranted but in the meantime you want them to respect your boundaries as you do theirs.
And fifth, learn to speak up if someone is talking out of turn. Only you can stand up for yourself.
(photo thanks to Andres Rueda at Flickr.com)