Should I Tell a Fellow Associate About an Embarrassing Rumor?

by admin 21. August 2013 14:51

Dear Jane,

I just heard through the grapevine that a peer did not do well on his last assignment.  From the way he struts around, I’m pretty sure he is not aware of the issues he had with the project.  Should I tell him what is “on the street” about him?

Sincerely,

Just Want to Help a Fellow Associate

 

Dear Just Want to Help a Fellow Associate,

          Gossip is wrong.  Avoid the temptation to engage in it, even if it’s just listening to it.  If he is seeking constructive feedback after each assignment, as any associate should be, he will find out soon enough if he in fact has any issues.

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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