Q: My supervisor shares inappropriate stuff with me, like who's about to be demoted, and her fondness for the Rabbit Pearl. Is this a good thing, or is it dynamite in my hands? Should I try to shut it down, or share the juicy dish with my peers?
A:If your boss is hopelessly loose-lipped, chances are she'll one day let slip something valuable, like an upcoming opening, a merger, or a little career-advancing assignment that has your name all over it. Sure, you could affect a prissy, "Oh, I really shouldn't be hearing this" tone, but, hey, if she's dumb enough to share, you should be smart enough to take it in. But keep it in the vault. Like that spare pair of tights in your bottom desk drawer, you never know when it might come in handy.