Working on a joint project with a less-than-competent colleague can lead to less-than-stellar results. In order to avoid sharing in the blame where you weren’t in charge, the Harvard Business Blog suggests making sure to distinguish your contributions from theirs.
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The post offers three ways to avoid getting blamed for a sub-par group performance when your work was anything but. One key to making your work visible without bragging: use the pronoun “I” when speaking about the work you did and, if you have to present your work, take the lead and become the more active participant during the presentation where your work is highlighted.
Both are ways to take credit where credit is due. Of course, doing so requires some degree of tact, especially if you’ll be working with the same colleague in the future.
Browse the full post for other ways to avoid becoming the fall guy, then tell us your own tips for how you’ve successfully confronted a colleague for below average work in the comments.
When a Colleague’s Mistake Affects You [Harvard Business Blog]