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Do you work with a ‘bragaholic’?

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Work with a shameless self-promoter? You know, the one who shows off relentlessly and even takes credit for things you’ve done?

Three ways to handle it:

1. Focus on doing good work that sells itself, rather than spending energy discussing the other person’s “bragaholic” ways.

As Marshall Goldsmith observes in his best-selling book, What Got You Here Won’t Get You There, “Being smart turns people on. Announcing how smart you are turns people off.”

2. Write a formal, dispassionate letter to your boss to set the record straight if the braggart takes credit for your work. Point out the person’s misstatements and how your work led to the project’s success. Be ready to show any records or e-mails from key players.

3. Read Stop Pushing Me Around!: A Workplace Guide for the Timid, Shy, and Less Assertive by Ilise Benun. Getting ahead in your career requires being assertive, so if you’re an introvert, some extra reading might help.

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