Wednesday, November 4, 2009

Who Cares Who Came Up With the Idea?

Where Credit is Due
Originally uploaded by noicework

"You can accomplish much if you don't care who gets the credit." ~ Ronald Reagan

It's easy to take credit. Deserved or not.

It's much harder to not care who gets credit. Even when you deserve credit.

A team that has individuals clamoring for credit, is a team that will eventually crumble. Does it really matter who came up with the idea? Anyone can come up with an idea. Does it really matter who did the most work? There will always be someone who picks up some of the slack and does a little more.

If you cared as much about the details of the plan and making it work as much as you cared about the fact that you came up with the plan, you'd accomplish more faster. The team would work together better too. No one likes people who brag they were first, they are better, or if it weren't for them everything would crumble.

When it comes to who gets credit, resist the urge to lay claim to it and give credit to the team. Besides, if you really do deserve the credit, everyone will know it. Even if they never say it.

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