Using over 1.5 million assessments from leaders worldwide, renowned psychometrician Dr. Joseph Folkman and leadership legend Dr. Jack Zenger are here to settle the debates and let the data speak for itself. Each week they analyze different leadership traits, trends, and what it really takes to get to the 90th percentile. These short episodes feature compelling stories, research, and actions that leaders can take to improve.

Episode 77: The Shifting Alliances of Peers

The 90th Percentile: An Unconventional Leadership Podcast

Published: May, 2022


As you think about your peers at work, are they some of your best friends, always helpful and supportive, or are they your harshest critics, pointing out your mistakes and flaws? While everyone’s situation is different, the answer to this question often is, “It depends.” Context is critical here, and overtime in an organization, relationships can change significantly. In this episode, we are digging into the shifting alliances of peers and when you should cooperate or compete.

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Are Your Co-Workers Friends or The Competition? – Article by Joe Folkman

When to Cooperate and When to Compete with Colleagues– HBR article by Randall S. Peterson and Kristin J. Behfar

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