Getting Credit from the Execs
Power / August 14, 2017

Getting Credit from the Execs In the last post, you were disappointed that your boss was tapped to do an important presentation on the pre-kindergarten game that you designed. You should get credit for your achievements and, to be fair, your supervisor, Melody, has done so. But I get why you might want the powers-that-be to know also—it’s a way to build your credibility and career. Let’s discuss how to come to the attention of senior people when you are in a large company. Offer to do technical demo In the previous conversation, Melody justified doing the presentation because she could present the financial and marketing background. It makes sense, but you might be able to wrangle doing the technical demonstration of the game. Might work, might not. A lot will depend, not so much on Melody’s good will (although that’s important, also) but on your company’s usual way of handling the situation. How to act at the executive meeting Say you get permission to do the technical demo. Congrats but you need to ensure you make the most of the opportunity. You want everyone to think, “What an up-and-comer,” not “Who does he think he is?” Here are some…

My Boss is Taking Credit for My Work
Power / August 7, 2017

My Boss is Taking Credit for My Work This post will apply primarily to those working in large companies or very established ones. It might have less relevance if you’re in a small company or a new one or a young one. The situation You have been working on a great new game for smart pre-kindergarteners. Your boss (Melody) has been unstinting in her praise. You have done a prototype and it’s now ready for prime time—that is, presentation to the executive committee. But it becomes clear that Melody will do it, not you. This annoys you and you decide to have it out with her. Should you do the presentation? You: Melody, got a moment? Melody: Sure, Nick. What’s on your mind? You: I have a bone to pick. How come you’re doing the presentation to the executive committee? Melody: Well, because the VP asked me to. You: In my last company, I got to do the presentations. Melody: But here, it’s usually the manager who does it. You: How come? I know the product best. Melody: Absolutely, but do you know about the costs, the projected sales and the ROI? You: The what? Melody: Return on Investment—the executive…