If there was a hard but exciting project to do, would you rather do it by yourself and get all the credit or work with your friends knowing that everyone would share the credit?
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Maybe it’s just me but…..
I think anyone who does something simply to “get credit” and have everyone “pat them on the back” is lacking something in their inner being. Kind of like mom or dad never gave them credit for anything and they’ve been trying to “earn it” ever since.
But I’m no shrink.
It depends on the project, but mssc54 is right. It wouldn’t be about the credit for me. It would be about the challenge of accomplishing the project. There are some projects I really want to do on my own, but there are others where a group approach is the only way to go. Both are fun, even if there may be some social politicking that has to go on with group projects.
For me, it would depend on whether I felt it would be most efficient to work individually or on a team. I wouldn’t team just to team – but for knowledge sharing or on a project where complementing strengths are needed I would collaborate.
I have had my ideas stolen and relabeled as someone else’s many times, so I can understand why some people might be reluctant to team. It’s not so much that I want to look better than others who contribute. But what about people who haven’t even pulled their own weight, and still claim most of the credit? When that happens, it’s nice to say “just be above it,” but it can wrongly reflect on our worth at work, with the result that the people contributing the most are the ones making less and fearing for their jobs and eventually working FOR the idiot who stole all their ideas. Now, for a friend who would reciprocate in other ways, I’d still let it pass, but for a backbiter, no way.
It’s like my dad says: hurt me once, shame on you; hurt me twice, shame on me.
I don’t care much about getting credit for anything (except I do like to be complemented when I cook a good meal). I am a lazy ass, sort of, so I would definitely want the help of others so I wouldn’t have to do it alone plus it would be more fun to do it with other people and boring to do it alone. I am always looking for things to be fun.
We’re wrapping up a huge project at work, and I’m really glad it’s been a group effort. The work is way too complicated to do alone, and everybody has come up with ideas along the way that helped us get there.
As for credit, I admit I do want credit for being an important contributer in a high-visibility project. I’ve worked really hard, and with the economy the way it is, I’d like the folks higher up to know I do a good job in case more layoffs are coming. Which isn’t to say I’m the only one deserving of the credit–there is plenty of that to be shared. I also haven’t asked for credit. In fact, when the project is implemented, I am nominating another team member for an award, and I let our supervisor know I’ll be doing that.
Overall, though, it just depends on the project. I can accomplish a lot alone too. And if my livilihood isn’t on the line, I don’t care about credit so much, although it feels good if people like the results of the work. That’s true even if they don’t know I’m the one who did the work, however.
I would want other people to do it for me, I mean help me with it! 🙂
I liked doing projects myself b/c I liked the accomplishment of getting it done. I also always got stuck with people who didn’t give a rats ass about it so I ended up doing most of it anyway.