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Crediting Others

Posted By Administration, Tuesday, July 23, 2013
Updated: Friday, August 30, 2013
I've seen consultants reluctant to give credit to others. If I do this, does it diminish me or my expertise?

Quite the contrary. Here is why you want to credit the good ideas of others:
  1. If the idea comes from an employee of the client organizatin, giving credit a) shows you to be fair and reinforces your credibility; and b) demonstrates to others that good things happen under you.
  2. If the idea comes from an outsider, giving credit show that you are a wonderful resource who is knowledgeable and willing to seek best practices from others. You also substantiate your ethics by giving credit and naming the source.
  3. Finally, a subtle, yet powerful, reason for giving credit to others is that it may actually increase the likelihood of acceptance.

TIP:Don't worry, you will always get credit for good things that happen while working with a client. In consulting, the axiom "Giving is better than receiving" can be restated "Give (credit) and you will receive."

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