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If you have a blan­ket rule of stay­ing out of dis­cus­sions about other peo­ple, you may be miss­ing out. “You’re go­ing to dis­miss all kinds of in­for­ma­tion that could be use­ful to you, your ca­reer and your work,” LaBianca says. Hill points out that lis­ten­ing to of­fice ban­ter is a great way to learn what’s go­ing on at your com­pany – what group re­cently landed a big deal, why the chief f inan­cial of­fi­cer was out of the of­fice for a week or what ini­tia­tives the CEO is likely to ap­prove.

In­for­mal ex­changes of in­for­ma­tion can be just as use­ful as for­mal ones, and they help you con­nect with col­leagues. “It builds a bond be­cause peo­ple think you trust them to share sen­si­tive in­for­ma­tion,” Hill says. “In­for­ma­tion is power.”

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