Why Keeping Secrets Is Bad For Business

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Feminist and social campaigner Margaret Atwood once said, “Powerlessness and silence go together.” 

 

When was the last time you wished you’d spoken out, but didn’t? What held you back? 

 

:: Fear of being ostracized? 

:: Respect for your elders? 

:: Lack of information? 

:: Or just a desire to keep things under lock & key?

 

When you’ve got an exciting plan brewing, it might seem like a good idea to stay quiet — to keep it all a big secret, until the details are arranged and everything is “perfect.”

 

The trouble is, by staying silent, you’re preventing the people in your network — people who care about you, and want to see you succeed — from helping you. 

 

So, the next time you have a million-dollar idea, test the waters by sharing it with three women in your tribe: a friend, a colleague and a mentor. Ask each of them for their honest feedback — not empty praise. By raising your voice and making yourself vulnerable to criticism, you’re building your power — and your professional network.

 

RAW: Real Estate And Women has created several platforms for you to raise your voice, tease out your ideas, and strengthen your network.

 

:: Serve It Up RAW: Share your latest challenge or victory. Our advisory team will weigh in with expert perspectives.

 

:: My RAW Reality: A fresh space for you to shine. Just answer our 10-point questionnaire, and we’ll feature you in the spotlight. 

 

:: RAW Reality TV: Interviews with leaders in real estate, staging, sustainability, finance and social media … with questions submitted by you!

 

Join the RAW mailing list to receive updates & announcements about our upcoming site launch. We can’t wait to swap secrets with you!

 

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