Defending Against Credit Stealers
Power / July 31, 2017

Defending Against Credit Stealers In the last post, you found out that you and your collaborator, Wes, had completely different interpretations of whether he had hogged the limelight. You were eventually able to work out things out. But what if you have suspected all along that Wesley, hail-fellow-well-met that he is, is unlikely to be trustworthy in sharing credit? How do I know? It’s not always easy, especially since Wesley has been helpful with your project and added value. But some things you can look for: Does he use ‘I’ a lot? I did it rather than we did it. This can be an indication of his penchant. Is he the first off the mark? That is, he consistently grabs the first word even in just regular get-togethers. Does he go on and on? He never takes a breath so someone else can break in. All of these are annoying but can just be the signs of a vigorous extrovert. The real kicker is: Do you trust him? If you already find yourself picking your words carefully when with him or avoiding sharing ideas, you might have something to worry about. Setting up differently Knowing that you are both going…

When to Take One for the Team
Groupthink / May 1, 2017

When to Take One for the Team As in life, people who never compromise, volunteer,  or take the wishes and needs of others into account—well, they might be successful but they surely aren’t popular in teams. And frankly, I doubt they are all that successful either. Purely pragmatically, it is in your best interest to be seen as someone who will put the good of the group ahead of your own wishes. From your own experience, I’m sure you know that your colleagues like you more and are therefore more likely to help out when you need it. In addition, a team where all members are willing to give and take is a good place to work, as well as (usually) more effective. We all want to have a job where we love to get into work—being a good team member can contribute to that environment. So when is the right time? There can be any number of right times, but here are some you might want to consider if we are talking about the previous situation where someone can’t go to a high-value conference. Others have not had the opportunity. You’ve already attended twice. Is there another team member who…