Here’s how to channel that negative envy into a positive force:
- Outline the special skills or abilities your designee brings to the task. That shows your choice was not arbitrary and motivates others to tell you what they can do.
- Invite other people to suggest how they can help the person you chose complete the job. That gives everyone a chance to access the limelight. They win by supporting the person you chose, not undermining him or her.
- Point to the positive outcomes that will result if the chosen person excels.