Recently, the Mrs. has been frustrated with those in authority at her work who steal ideas and claim them as their own.
I tell her not to worry for three reasons:
1) Fountains versus Showers
Creative employees are fountains of ideas while the intellectual property thief is like a passing rain shower. The person who developed the idea will likely have two or three more waiting in the wings. After the initial concept is in place, a fresh direction can then be pursued.
In contrast, the idea thief will ride the one "shower" initiative for as long as possible, and then be dependent on swiping another idea to continue impressing others.
2) Implementing is a Different Story
Initially, the idea thief will bask in the glory of something unique, but when it is time to implement the concept, he/she may struggle. When one did not develop a concept, as in the case of the idea thief, he/she will likely not have the same attachment, understanding, or passion necessary to transform the plan into action.
3) And the Veil Will be Lifted
Sooner or later, the idea thief will be discovered. Good supervisors learn who is dedicated, who is a team-player, and will eventually identify an employee solely interested in performing the least amount of work to gain individual recognition. In general, executives want to surround themselves with the best--the sooner those of questionable character are weeded out the better.
So, I told the Mrs. to hang in there and keep churning out the good ideas.
And with patience, one will be rewarded in watching the idea thieves fall from grace.
Have you ever had this problem: when someone else was taking credit for your hard work and creativity?
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