Political Savvy Scenario – What would you do?

Last week, someone I know was discussing a problem in their office.

He offered to help on a project that no one else wanted to do, and because he performed so well on that project he has gained a reputation, and now coworkers from outside of his department are asking for his assistance on their projects. However, his boss does not like this (perhaps out of jealousy?), and has been preventing him from working on these projects. While these projects would help with his personal career growth and development, the boss is concerned that his "plate is too full", and that they will lose him as their employee if he keeps working with other departments.

If you were in this position, what would you do? Would you push to work on these other projects, or stay confined to what your boss asks?

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