Credit where credit is due


Melissa Stagnaro

I’ve always been a believer in giving credit where credit is due. I’ve always thought that giving credit for a job well done is the mark of a true leader. There is nothing worse than slaving away and someone else taking the credit.

We’ve all been there. We spend hours agonizing over someone else’s wedding favors, compiling information for a report, making your boss look good. Only to hear them take all the praise for your hard work. Would it kill them to say, “Thank you, but I couldn’t have done it without (ENTER YOUR NAME HERE)”?

It was brought to my attention that I myself have been guilty of this heinous act.
Last Thursday, I was faced with a dilemma. I had two important meetings scheduled at the same time. Although I was able to attend the afternoon PSC public statement hearing regarding NYRI, the evening session conflicted with a board of education workshop in Oxford, which I was loath to miss.

My editor stepped in to make it all possible. Jeff agreed to go to the evening PSC hearing to allow me to go to Oxford.

When I arrived at work Friday morning, I found the neatly typed notes from the forum in my inbox. Other news reports of the event included only the afternoon session, but thanks to the quotes Jeff had culled from the 3 hours of evening testimony, we were able to be a little more thorough with our coverage of the hearings.

Alas, in my hurry to put my lengthy report together, I left something out. A very, very important something. I neglected to give Jeff credit for his contribution.

I hope my dear editor will accept this most humble of apologies for my omission and I beg his forgiveness for the oversight.

I’m sorry, Jeff. I suck.

Now, what are your plans for Wednesday night. There’s this meeting…