The ethics of collaboration… what would you do?

Wednesday 2 December, 2020
by Anonymous

You have been working on a proposal with a colleague who is in the same team and junior to you. You’ve both put in a significant amount of work and you can see that your colleague is really extending themselves.

It was to be a joint presentation but due to the quality of the presentation you’ve been told by your manager that there is an unusual opportunity to present directly to the client and she has asked you to make the presentation.  

What would you do?

Do you have any duty or obligation to your colleague? To your manager? To the client?

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This dilemma was originally published in September 2019. 

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Comments

There are 2 comments for The ethics of collaboration… what would you do? .

Re: The ethics of collaboration… what would you do?

Tuesday 8 December, 2020
by Josie
This is such a great dilemma... to demonstrate leadership and speak up about fairness I would insist my colleague also be invited to present at least part of the presentation. 1. so that she can be acknowledged by the client for the work and also ensure our manager recognises the effort she has put in. If I was the more junior member of my team I would be extremely disappointed if I was not supported in this way and question the values of the organisation. Some empathy is required.

Re: The ethics of collaboration… what would you do?

Tuesday 8 December, 2020
by Josie
This is such a great dilemma... to demonstrate leadership and speak up about fairness I would insist my colleague also be invited to present at least part of the presentation. 1. so that she can be acknowledged by the client for the work and also ensure our manager recognises the effort she has put in. If I was the more junior member of my team I would be extremely disappointed if I was not supported in this way and question the values of the organisation. Some empathy is required.

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