GIVE: Give By The Spirit — Credit Where Credit Is Due

GIVE … by the Spirit™ Guest Contributor — Grace Ste. Croix

Credit Where Credit Is Due

© 2011 Grace Ste. Croix

August 19th, 2011

After any major project, it is appreciated when you receive recognition for your hard work. To have acknowledgement for hours of thought and effort makes it worth while. Promotions at work, accolades at school or other advancements aid the betterment of your company or your personal grades. However, there is a growing trend where others take credit where credit is due somewhere else. A supervisor absorbs his employee’s hard work and takes credit for it himself. A student puts no effort into a huge group project but receives the “A” the other group members receive. Stealing credit not only displaces the acknowledgement of talent, but also advances those who are not qualified.Even if one is a credit stealer and receives unnecessary credit, that person will never have the knowledge of the process to reach success (an important tool for any advancement). Secondly, there is no personal pride in stealing from others. Even though you may receive that “A” or promotion, it still eats your self esteem, basically, you were unable to achieve a certain goal yourself, and thus, you had to steal from others.

A positive work force or school environment is about giving credit where credits due. If your employee has come up with exemplary work and you approach your supervisor about this wonderful project, you too will receive accolades for noticing talent. You have completed your task as manager; you manage properly. That A plus student who finished a huge presentation with you deserves credit and a compliment, he or she may be more apt to share information for a winning grade.

When you give credit where credit’s due, either personally or professionally not only raises the bar, but helps others become better workers, friends and students when there is another to model after.

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