You can show someone a better way to do something, but they will not adopt your approach until they trust you.

Never is this more true than when trying to lead peers. Colleagues may resent or even fear assistance from a peer. Peer-to-peer leadership is seldom easy, but it is not impossible.

Leading colleagues rests upon two principles: understanding need and delivering value. You must understand the situation a peer is facing and you must have the skills to help him or her succeed. So, it’s important to consider what the need is and what value you can offer. So let’s define our terms.

When you deliver for others, they begin to trust you and become receptive to what you have to offer.


John Baldoni is chair of leadership development at N2Growth, is an internationally recognized leadership educator and executive coach. In 2014, Trust Across America named him to its list of top 100 most trustworthy business experts.

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A new promotion and campaign touting the premium ingredients and recipes that make Papa John’s pizzas worth paying a bit more for ranked high with SmartBrief’s food and beverage readers this week, coming in second after a tale about the soaring popularity of meat-based jerky from established companies and emerging startups such as Epic, which was recently acquired by General Mills.

PepsiCo’s plans for a restaurant, bar and event venue called Kola House also made the top five, as did news that grocers Meijer, Lucky Supermarkets and Whole Foods’ 365 are vying for retail space in the Twin Cities and a story about the will of Williams-Sonoma founder Chuck Williams, which leaves his massive cookware collection to the Culinary Institute of America.

Here’s the entire Top 10 list of this week’s most-read food and beverage stories:

  1. Jerky craze shows no sign of slowing
  2. Papa John’s shifts focus from price to premium pizza
  3. Meijer, Lucky’s, 365 scout out crowded Twin Cities market
  4. Williams-Sonoma founder wills eclectic cookware collection to CIA
  5. Pepsi to court social-savvy consumers with Kola House
  6. CAVU Venture Partners raises $156M to invest in CPG brands
  7. Hershey to expand distribution of Krave brand
  8. Kroger chooses new division presidents
  9. How Campbell’s chefs stay on top of the latest trends
  10. Whole Foods chooses Chicago area for 365 expansion


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This post is adapted from “Are You Fully Charged?: The 3 Keys to Energizing Your Work and Life,” by Tom Rath (Silicon Guild, May 2015)

“If you want to make a difference — not just today, but for many years to come — you need to put your health and energy ahead of all else.”

Some of the most caring people also tend to be the least healthy. This is what I observed, time and time again, while spending the last few years focused on health and well-being. After writing the book “Eat Move Sleep,” I heard from thousands of people who were struggling with their personal health and a general lack of energy.

Surprisingly, workers in the professions I admire most, such as nursing, are often the least healthy. One study found that 55% of nurses are overweight or obese. If there is any group that needs to be healthier and set a good example, it is people working in healthcare.…

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path to workforceSmartBrief Education’s Path to Workforce content series brings you original content and events on the topic. #Path2W is our vision of college and career readiness, encompassing K-12, adult learners, career changers and non-traditional students. Florida Polytechnic University in a recurrent series will help us shine a light on 21st century careers. In this blog post, we learn more about information assurance.

Unlike a discipline that can be studied or memorized from textbooks, information assurance encompasses strategies that are best learned from hands-on experience. Information assurance, which draws on computer science and information technology knowledge, requires deep analytical skills and problem-solving abilities to protect information systems from security breaches.

Data — and the number of information systems used to store and manage the data — continues to grow at an exponential rate. Information assurance experts act as defense mechanisms to ensure that private business or personal information is less susceptible to theft, exposure or manipulation.…

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One of my clients once had a cardboard cutout of himself made to “sit” with his team. Why on Earth would he do this? Because he was the leader of a dispersed team — he was based in the US and his team was half a world away in Singapore. If he couldn’t physically be with his team, he wanted a tangible reminder that he was there, at least in spirit.

Virtual, or as I prefer, “dispersed” teams are almost more common than not these days. According to the 2013 Global Workplace Analytics Survey, between 2005 and 2013, the number of employees who worked virtually grew by 80%. There are plenty of reasons for this rapid growth: extended market opportunity; increased efficiency, productivity, innovation and synergy; access to a wider pool of talent; better effort, performance gains and job satisfaction; and cost savings.

But for all the positives, there are a lot negatives that come with not sharing a physical space with your team and colleagues.…

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