Dear Jane: They Ignored My Idea—Until Someone Else Suggested It!

by 352admin 28. February 2013 12:41

Dear JaneDear Jane,

I was at a team meeting and volunteered an idea.  People listened politely and then the dialogue continued as if I had not spoken.  Fifteen minutes later, a male attorney suggested my idea and people reacted as if I had not already said it.  This is not the first time this situation has occurred.  What should I do?


Feeling Invisible


Dear Feeling Invisible,

First, you need to figure out if you have a credibility issue.  Talk to your mentor and some folks on the team who are closer to your seniority level.  If you find that the issue doesn’t have anything to do with you, then team with another person or two on the team so that when the situation happens next, the person who didn’t offer the idea can chime in, “oh, we’re back to the idea Jane offered fifteen minutes ago.”

Jane DiRenzo Pigott is the managing director of R3 Group LLC, specializing in working with professional service organizations on leadership and change in connection with diversity and inclusion. Before founding R3 Group, she practiced law for more than two decades at large law firms where she chaired a practice group, served on the executive management and compensation committees, and founded and ran diversity initiatives and affinity groups.

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