You don't let people take credit for your ideas, but you also don't aggressively demand credit.
I haven't aggressively demanded credit. I'm making sure Ms PITA doesn't know my ideas before I have a chance to express them myself, directly to my boss. That way, it's impossible for her to present them as her own.
Managers like team players. If they are good managers, they figure out who the top members of their team are.
That's not what I have observed. What I see is people who are perceived to be top performers (according to idiosyncratic and inconsistent criteria, not any "objective" definition of good performance) are the ones who get recognition and assorted other rewards. If Ms PITA takes my ideas and babbles them out of her mouth, she will be perceived as having come up with the ideas, not me. That's not fair, and I shouldn't let it happen to me.
They know that Ms PITA didn't immediately gain brilliance after they hired you. If the two of you work on a project, and it turns out great, sure, she'll get some credit, but you'll get credit too. As you work with other people and do other projects, you'll get a reputation for good work.[/i]
Sometimes it works out that way. Sometimes it doesn't.
I've worked in my current job for 8.5 years. I've had the biggest raise in the department for the last 4 years because I work hard to do a good job, and to make my manager's life easier. If that means playing nice with a guy I think is a complete idiot, I do it.[i]
OK, but that's one example, one person, one workplace. How things work in one place is not necessarily a model for other workplaces. Lots of workplaces are very dysfunctional.
Trying to one up him and complaining about him in general just makes me look bad, even if I'm totally right.[/
Sure. Complaining about your co-workers too much is bad office politics - sometimes. Note that I have not complained about this co-worker outside of this forum. But at some point it might work to my advantage to complain about this co-worker.
What I am doing is being strategic, trying to pre-empt Ms PITA's moves, and protect my image/reputation at work. If that means selectively offering information when it is to my advantage, so be it. That's the game that is being played here.[/i]