A rejected idea bruises our spirit.
An unrecognized idea bruises our pride.
In the face of situations where we feel we’ve been robbed of the credit we are due, the temptation is keep all future ideas close to our chest like secrets for fear of them being “stolen” again. What we’re really doing in this time is allowing bitterness and resentment to take root in our hearts. This is not good for us, and more importantly, not good for the team.
It can be hard to receive no credit for our ideas. But when our heart is in the right place, we aren’t doing our work for the credit, we’re doing our work for the work. For the artist, the creation of art is her number one prerogative. Credit is secondary. She does her work for the good of the team. She does her work for the good of the project.
To create successful, vitally creative teams, we must stop treating our ideas like playing cards in a poker game. The best organizations are the ones where everyone shows their hand at every meeting and shares the pot with the whole table. In the end, everyone is richer for it.
The bum wants credit for his ideas, because he’s in it for himself.
The artist is in it for the art, wherever the credit lands is irrelevant.