You probably thought from the title that you’d get in-depth advice on fixing the financial services industry. Ha! Sorry, I was not an Economics major. I was a Communications major. And we all know what you do when a Comm major comes to your door… you pay them and take your pizza. But I digress.
As a continuing student of communication, I sense a new kind of credit crisis looming today… people starving for idea credit. We see politicians scramble to take credit for any shred of positive news, and we see them as slimy when they claim sole ownership.
Is there a credit crisis in your company culture? In tough times people are naturally nervous about keeping their jobs. It’s important to make sure your good work is recognized by the boss, but if you go too far it can be considered as over-trumpeting of your own accomplishments. I know I have been guilty of this from time to time.
I believe the collaborative culture in my company gets results because of constant “crowd-sourcing” from our awesome talent pool, and more importantly, because of shared ownership. This breaks down when one individual is glorified too much, especially when other team members have a big hand in the success. So how do you get “visibility,” without coming across as overly ambitious?
I know one sure-fire trick that will safely bring you more credit… give credit away. That sounds counter-intuitive, but you should make it a regular practice to publicly compliment those who help you achieve your goals, and cc their boss in an email. Take them to lunch or send them a small gift or card. And then forget about it. I guarantee you will see good things come back your way when you deserve credit in the future.
More than compensation, more than benefits, more than the satisfaction of a job well done, people remember when they are appreciated… and usually return the favor.
Do you agree?