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Dear Anna,

My colleague keeps stealing my ideas and claiming them as their own. How can I address this without the risk of not being collaborative?

The list of things that cause frustration to knowledge workers in teams is long and the frustration of idea stealing is very close to the top. When a shared idea becomes a stolen idea, it impacts everyone – the person who claims original ownership, the person who steals it by describing it to an influential (usually senior) person without acknowledgement and the new team member who may quickly learn that’s how things are done around here. As pressures inside organisations increase and competitive behaviours come out to play, try these ideas to find a combination that works for you.

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