You pride yourself on doing good work quietly without a lot of flash, but what should you do if you're tired of co-workers and bosses taking credit for your ideas?
This happens if good ideas aren't being championed by their originator - namely you.
When dealing with your boss, balance tact and directness, planning the most effective strategy to make your point. Consider having a conversation about development goals, including ways to have a more visible presence.
You may be as direct as acknowledging that you've stayed in the background in the past, but feel ready to step up and advocate for your own ideas. Ask for support for that and feedback on ways to be more effective.
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With other co-workers, take responsibility for protecting your ideas. If you have an especially good idea in a meeting, document it by a follow-up e-mail, being selective about the ideas you actively champion.
Sometimes new ideas get lost in the shuffle, so idea snitches can easily claim them. Use humor: "Didn't I just say that?"
With repeat offenders, you may need to have a chat. Plan ahead so you're organized in your message, calm and energized. Acknowledge others' ideas and contributions; you'll build good will and others will watch your back.
- Star Tribune (Minneapolis)