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.
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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.
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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 works at Red Hat in employment branding. 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 software, education, and the intersection of the open source way with business management models.