The textbook, Communicating at Work, by Adler and Elmhorst, defines hidden agendas as personal goals that are not made public. It’s not important that these personal goals be made public, what is important is that you don’t hide them from yourself in your attempt to fit what you think are other people’s expectations of yourself.
I know a blogwriter who has several hidden agendas at work: She wants to leverage her substantial investment in her formal education, but also to connect with her friends all over the world + express her ideas freely. She has the raw ambition to be a publisher and future coach to a select group of really cool women. Whew. Now that those agendas are out, I’m feeling much better now. 😉