When the boss steals your idea

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Is it a problem when your boss takes credit for your ideas?

Peter Handal, CEO of Dale Carnegie Training, says “no.”

He admits to sometimes letting people assume that he thought of an idea.

“I may pull my punches and pretend his or her idea is mine, simply because I know it will get a fairer hearing,” he explains. “But of course, I still know whose it was. Your boss does, too.”

Handal recommends saying “thank you” to a boss who’s latched on to your ideas.

Making your boss look smart to higher-ups, says Handal, and having your boss depend on you for good suggestions—“is certainly not going to do you any harm.”

And remember, as the plaque on Ronald Reagan’s desk used to say: “There is no limit to the amount of good you can do if you don’t care who gets the credit.”

— Adapted from “Does it matter if your boss steals your ideas?” Anne Fisher, Fortune.

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