To continue with my insights on the book by Marshall
Goldsmith, “What Got You Here Won’t Get You There,” this
week I will be discussing the habit of: Claiming Credit
That Is Not Deserved.
I have no patience for people who blatantly claim credit
for the work of someone else. In my book, this is
stealing. And if you are a manager, you should be fired
for such actions. For me, it’s a matter of trust.
But, I want to talk about claiming credit on a more subtle
level. As a manager, do you subconsciously take credit or
“pat yourself on the back” for achieving the goals of your
operation? If you do, you may be unconsciously claiming
more credit than you deserve.
HR CONTRARIAN POINTER: If you are a manager who is
responsible for a group of employees and a specific work
product, you will almost never achieve goals without the
assistance of others. As such instead of being a credit
miser, be a credit philanthropist and brag about those
accomplishments that your department achieved.
Sure “take a bow” and have that victory drink when things
go well. But remember, you are the conductor of the
orchestra; you don’t play all the instruments. So give
credit to the musicians as well, otherwise the music may
not sound so sweet the next time around.