Have you ever taken credit for a coworker's idea or work?

Posted 25 Oct 2010 by 

Rebecca Fernandez (Red Hat)
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Yes, it's just basic self-promotion.
3% (2 votes)
Yes, but I regretted it.
5% (3 votes)
Never blatantly, but I have taken more than my fair share for a group project.
19% (12 votes)
No, but it's happened to me.
33% (21 votes)
Never. I live by the Golden Rule.
41% (26 votes)
Total votes: 64

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When I was a young adult there would have been times when I might be tempted to take credit for something not my own. The problem was that my personality was very like that of a puppy and I couldn't hold up lies very well. I was well aware that others often stole my ideas. I was happy to use theirs. However, I realized early on my own limitations in that arena. It wasn't that I was too ethical to even try. It was, in part, a matter of laziness. Honesty was easier, even when it hurt.
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Rebecca Fernandez is a Principal Employment Branding + Communications Specialist at Red Hat. Before that, she was a freelance business writer for 5 years, and before that, a copy writer at Red Hat. (They just couldn't be rid of her.) Rebecca is interested in open source and the intersection of the open source way with business management models.