“You better believe that I spoke to Morgan about stealing credit. We talked over lunch… Morgan ordered the… burritos.”

Is there even a burrito place close by? Probably not. You would have definitely discovered it by now.

“You do know that Morgan told me that those ideas were, uh-uh-uh, yours, don’t you?”

What? That’s the last thing you expected to hear.

“Ummmm, Morgan didn’t mention that to me. Weird.”

“That’s because, uh-uh-uh, I don’t think you’ve actually talked to Morgan about this,” your boss says, raising an eyebrow skeptically.

“Well, are we talking about this situation directly? Or are we talking about the umbrella credit-stealing theme?” You try to make the outline of an umbrella with your hands.

“I’ve heard enough. I’ll be expecting excellent work on this strategy from you, is that, uh-uh-uh, clear?”

“Yes,” you say meekly.

Over the next few weeks, the new strategy–your strategy–gets rolled out.

It works on so many levels that it’s later inserted into a year-end powerpoint slide under the heading ‘major successes.’

Morgan is promoted for excellent leadership.

You’re not.


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