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Monday question: Credit-grabbing boss

Posted by Robin Abrahams  August 29, 2011 05:47 AM

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Let's assume that this really is about a "friend," shall we? 

My friend's immediate supervisor gloms onto her ideas and claims them as her own when meeting with senior management. My friend, new to the job and eager to get on solid footing with all of the staff, does not know what to do. Confront her immediate supervisor? Pipe up to the big bosses? She realizes that being indispensable to her supervisor is a good position to be in, but the idea theft leaves her feeling taken advantage of and unappreciated. What can she do to make this situation work, especially since no new jobs are on the horizon?

What's your advice? I'll post mine on Friday.
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