Posted on Dec 15, 2015
COL Mikel J. Burroughs
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How many individual service members have come up with great innovative ideas while serving and your leadership or another leader has taken your idea, implemented it, and taken the credit for it?

RP Members I've seen way too much of this in the Army during my time! What about other service branches? Share your stories!

True leaders will give credit where credit is due and they will create a stronger team - a Toxic Leader will steal your ideas and take credit themselves!
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SFC Craig Dalen
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It's very sad that this happens way too much in the military. I tend to implement my own ideas without permission which has gotten me praise and in trouble but I would rather ask for forgiveness than permission. This is a part of leading, setting the example and initiative.
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COL Mikel J. Burroughs
COL Mikel J. Burroughs
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SFC Craig Dalen Absolutely - very good point!
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1SG Claims Assistant
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This has happened to me over and over again.
But I choose to see the glass as half-full; my ideas were good enough to implement. I am glad to contribute, and don't need accolades to do what needs to be done.
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PO1 Kevin Arnold
PO1 Kevin Arnold
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It hurts though, especially if it ends up getting relieved of duty.
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Sgt Martin Querin
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SP5 Jerry Mucha
SP5 Jerry Mucha
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Good point 1SG Healey, and you have a good attitude about it, but somewhere along the line it is something that could affect your promotion ability and the lack of these accolades could affect it.
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SP5 Jerry Mucha - I've got no shortage of accolades. I'm just saying that the more important thing is that the good idea gets implemented. I'd rather have that than recognition any day.
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I was just talking to one of my soldiers about this this morning! As I picked him up from his house at 0535 for 0630 pt, he was sharing with me one of the ideas that he shared with his squad leader. His squad leader told him not to worry about it, then was using the idea a few days later. Do I think it's right? No. Will I address the squad leaders in the form of an NCOPD? Yes. I believe that the more NCOs that become aware that this is toxic, the better. As our army evolves, we need smarter, better leaders for tomorrow's future that let their soldiers evolve into leaders that have those critical thinking abilities, not leaders that put that wall in front of them.
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SP5 Jeannie Carle
SP5 Jeannie Carle
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1SG Michael Farrell - Appreciate your comment!!! In my unit (2ag 2 InfDiv) in So Korea - we got "attaboys" for nifty ideas that worked! SOMEtimes (though rarely in AG) we got recommended for an ARCOM. Our top CDR didn't believe in those for "clerks", so I had to wait for mine when I got back Stateside, working at PCF. The "Manchu Certificate of Achievement" I received from a unit I helped so much means almost more to me than the ARCOM.
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SP5 Jerry Mucha
SP5 Jerry Mucha
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I appreciate your attitude and leadership on this question.
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SGT John Graham
SGT John Graham
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Absolutely true, perhaps a little utopian on my part but leaders need to be ethical.
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SGT John Graham
SGT John Graham
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1SG Michael Farrell Your approach to leadership no doubt encouraged unit cohesion. In my experience acknowledging the
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