How to stop someone taking credit for your ideas

It can be a boss or a colleague, but the feeling is the same and it can be bewildering to know quite how to handle the situation. You might worry you look petty and not like a team player. Should you mention it at the time or just suck it up and get over it? But most importantly how can you avoid someone taking credit for your work again.

You might have had a great idea and bounced it off a co-worker over coffee to see him or her incorporate it into a presentation. Or you mentioned an interesting thought to your boss “I wonder what would happen if….”  Next thing you know it’s in his business plan as part of his strategy. Because this is something that frequently happens to women where their ideas are hijacked by men, it’s even earned the name “bropriation”

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