Nobody likes it when you take credit for their work. Still, in some work environments it can be tough to see who actually did what. You can keep yourself in check with a quick assessment of the things you accomplished at the end of each day.
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There's nothing wrong with celebrating a win, big or small, but you don't want to become that person that acts like they do everything. Nobody wants to be around that person and nobody wants to work with that person. To ensure you don't start hogging all of the credit the belongs to the people around you, author and leadership coach Marshall Goldsmith recommends a simple review of the day's wins on his LinkedIn blog:
...make a mental note of every time you privately congratulate yourself on an achievement, large or small. Then write it down... Now, take apart each episode and ask yourself if it's in any way possible that someone else might deserve the credit for "your" achievement. As you go through your list, consider this make-or-break question: If any of the other people involved in your episodes were looking at the situation, would they accord you as much credit as you are claiming for yourself? Or would they hand it out to someone else, perhaps even themselves?
We tend to remember things in a way that makes us look better than we are sometimes. It's not always a bad thing, but you want to keep your credit taking in check. When you take a second look, you might find that someone helped you out more than you realise, and they deserve your thanks. Or maybe you'll realise that you've been coasting at work a little and you need to kick things up a notch. So ask yourself, Did you really do all those things today, or are you hogging all the credit?
Do You Work with a Credit Hog? [LinkedIn]