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Coaching Cue Cards are designed to help jumpstart conversations that you may need to have with your employees. Modify as needed based on your situation.

Hi _____________ , thanks for coming to talk with me, it’s nothing serious so there’s no need to worry.

I just wanted to speak with you about some concerns I’ve been having. I’ve noticed there’s been some occasions where it seems you’ve taken credit for someone else’s idea. Now it’s alright to be proud of the idea, and praise who it came from, but it’s not alright to simply claim it was yours.

If you were originally part of the team that had the idea, then by all means get yourself recognized! Let me know if you were part of it and we can get you the formal recognition you’d deserve, otherwise this is just some advice from manager to employee.

Note: Taking credit for someone else’s ideas could all stem from a simple misunderstanding, so avoid pointing out who told you, if anyone. Don’t make any definite accusations, but don’t beat around the bush so to speak. Let the employee know it’s not alright to practice this type of theft and give them a chance to redeem themselves through their own work.

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