Don’t bend over backwards to make things easy for someone who’s trying to keep you down. You could be tricked into doing their work and getting none of the credit. Make sure you do what you must do, but keep the extra effort for projects you know you’ll reap the rewards from. And don’t forget to toot your own horn when you get the opportunity.
You don’t have to “brag” or continually tell others “I did this”. Not everyone needs to know you’re the one doing the extra work. Make sure your boss knows and if they’re the one you don’t trust, find a way to catch the boss’s boss in the hall for a casual conversation. Ask them a question about the project and casually say “I’ve gotten this and that completed, and have this left to do. If I need help with that, can I pull a resource for there?”. There are many ways to let those with the power know you’re doing the bigger job. But whatever you do, don’t diss the boss or make any negative comment about them. “I don’t know about that, I’ve been working on my piece” is good enough to get out a jam.
Diplomacy is all about spin. What you don’t say is equally as important as what you do say. “I’ve been overwhelmed with my piece” would be the wrong spin. Always speak with confidence, innocence and good intentions. Always spin your effort to successful conclusions. Always ask if you can ask for help, but in the end leave yourself room to say “I thought I might need help, but I didn’t”.
Remember sometimes if you can’t beat the crooks who try to steal your piece of the pie; it’s better to join their game and play it better than they do.
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