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Claim what’s yours

Earn the credit that you deserve

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in Leaders & Managers,Management Training

The CEO bumps into you and a coworker, Jim, and mistakenly thanks Jim for doing “a super job” on your project. Jim just says “thank you” and doesn’t give you any credit. Afterward, Jim winks at you and walks away.

You’re steamed. You did the heavy lifting, but you didn’t get recognized.

Here’s how to get the credit that’s rightfully yours the next time around:

Leave a paper trail. Write brief memos or e-mails to update key execs on your project. Customize each correspondence by asking for advice or sharing good news that’s especially relevant to them.

For example, if you’re recommending ways to trim your firm’s expenses, write to a sales manager that her team has among the lowest expenses in the firm and that you plan to single out her group as a model of excellence.

People love praise, and they’ll remember what you wrote more readily if you share some positives that reflect well on them. And they’ll surely give you credit.

Note: When writing long memos or reports, include your name, date and the recipient’s name on every sheet. That way, if one page gets separated or circulated on its own, readers will know that you’re the author.

Survey your colleagues. Get feedback on your project. Examples: Create a short survey that assesses needs or hold small meetings to invite input. By seeking others’ views, you enhance your visibility while benefiting from their insights.

Be inclusive but clearly in charge. Personally make sure each player knows who is responsible for what, and what to expect next in the process. Coordinate key elements of the project yourself.

Make the presentation to upper management yourself. If you can’t, at least be at the meeting and find a way to contribute meaningfully.

Follow up. After completing your project, don’t sit back and wait for accolades to pour in. Offer to provide more information and answer any questions. This way, you stay in charge.

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