Give Credit Where Credit Is Due

I came across an article on Inc online the other day that listed seven habits that bosses hate.  Here they are…

  • Complaining
  • Making Excuses
  • Putting Things Off
  • Running Everything by Your Boss
  • Caring Only About Getting Credit
  • Lack of Motivation and Drive
  • Personal Brand Slippage

You can read the entire article here.

None of these are good habits, but in this post I want to delve into caring only about getting credit.  Tweet 137 in Success Tweets says…

Do your job. Give credit to others for doing theirs.

Everyone likes to work with people who share the credit

for a job well done.

Rarely will you accomplish a goal or complete a project with no help from others.  Take the time, and expend the energy, to thank, reward, recognize the people who help you succeed.  Make sure you are specific, both when thanking a peer and when discussing his or her contributions with the boss.

When you do this, you’ll be helping the people around you find their greatness.  Every person has talents, skills, and experience.  Sharing the credit helps people harness their best abilities – to grow and develop.  And personal growth and development benefits everybody.  Compliment, recognize, praise, and notice contributions people make.  You don’t have to be a manager to help create a positive, motivating environment.

Doing these two things will help you build the effective work relationships that are so vitally important to your career success.

Your career mentor,


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