Why does my boss never give me any credit?
My boss takes all the credit. He never recognizes my work. What can I do?
Samantha D., London
Have you ever been around little kids when they play in groups? Neither have I, but I did see a documentary film on this subject once. Young children have no ethical principles. When they want something, they just go over and take it. No civility, no consideration and no real concept of ownership: winners win, losers whine.
In a group of toddlers, a cry-baby might get picked up by an adult who provides comfort. So there is actually some rationality in behaving like a whiner. But in the corporate world, this is a losing strategy. You may be doing all the right things, making above-average sales or even keeping the tidiest desk in the office. So why is your boss the boss? Because he just happens to be the toughest hooligan on the playground. If he wants something you’ve got, he’ll simply come over and help himself. You can either play his game, or move to Botswana.
So, how do you become stronger? First, you must cast aside all those useless social conventions such as honesty, integrity or sincerity. Then, steal a coworker’s idea and claim it as your own. Start with small claims, then move on to larger ones as you gain confidence. You will see that most colleagues stand by helplessly as you step on their toes and punch them in the face. This is natural selection at its best.
Now you are on the path to becoming a winner yourself. Go ahead and let your boss take the credit for the moment, and look to the future. In a couple years’ time, if you step on enough toes and punch enough faces, you will be right up there in the executive suite, sitting next to your boss. Buy him a beer, go play some golf, and you will realize that there is only one way to stop a bully from biting your arm and pulling your hair. You just need to become his best friend.