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Part: II Political Animals > Watch Out for Confidences

Chapter 10. Watch Out for Confidences

Becoming someone's confidant at work can be flattering. You feel trusted with someone's secrets. You feel plugged in and are privy to behind-the-scenes gossip. You may experience a sense of power. You are consoling someone and giving advice, so you feel helpful and in the know. But if you are not wary, you can fall into the hidden pitfalls of being a confidant. What you know and what you share with a person who confides in you can backfire and blow up in your face.

That's what happened to Barbara, who became friendly with a coworker, Nancy, in a sales and marketing department. They shared many things in common that drew them together: both were 30 somethings from Boston, and both were interested in the local art scene. They got in the habit of having lunch together and occasionally called each other to discuss projects they were working on.


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