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Protect Your Ideas


When you have a great idea, you want to receive credit for it. But, what if your boss steals your idea? What should you do?

Sue Schellenbarger
of The Wall Street Journal gives the following tips if your boss steals your ideas.

Avoid reacting in anger.

Talk with trusted friends or mentors about what, if anything, you should do.

Consider conveying your ideas by email, to create a paper trail.

Ask yourself if your manager is giving you recognition in other ways.

Weigh the impact on your ability to meet long-term career goals.

If you raise the issue, do so in the context of a larger career discussion.

Ask neutral, nonconfrontational questions when discussing it with the boss.

Model the behavior you’d like to see, giving credit to colleagues with good ideas.




  • Why would an employee work for a manager who steals his ideas?
  • If your boss steals your ideas, how would you talk to her in a calm, non-accusatory way, in the context of a broader discussion about your career goals?
  • How can you keep track of your ideas?


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