Harry Truman once said “It is amazing what you can accomplish if you do not care who gets the credit”.
This is a darned if you do and darned if you don’t kind of statement. Should you collaborate and not worry about who gets the credit for your ideas? Should you be vigilant and make sure you get credit for every single thing you do? Hard to answer isn’t it? These decisions are generally situational and depend on whether you are rewarded for individual effort, team effort or a mix of both. If you are rewarded in a way that emphasizes ideas rather than implementation that’s individual effort. If you are rewarded strictly on results that’s usually teamwork.
Is there ever a time when taking credit for someone’s ideas is okay? Can the emphasis on teamwork be so intense no one gets credit for anything? Here’s the thing. The best way to stifle big ideas is to take credit for them or refuse to show some appreciation for individual efforts. An organization cannot survive much less thrive under these circumstances no matter how noble the cause. No one wants to get credit for that.