Smart Collaboration: Breaking Down Silos

Featuring Heidi K. Gardner, distinguished fellow and lecturer at Harvard Law School, previously a professor at Harvard Business School, and author of Smart Collaboration.
Complimentary Audio Webinar

Wednesday, October 19, 2016

12:00 PM - 1:00 PM US Eastern
11:00 AM - 12:00 PM US Central
10:00 AM - 11:00 AM US Mountain
9:00 AM - 10:00 AM US Pacific
4:00 PM - 5:00 PM GMT

Webinar Overview

Collaboration is a critical component of success for today’s competitive businesses. No one expert—or even one functional group—can tackle today’s complex challenges, which often span technological, regulatory, economic, and environmental issues on an increasingly global scale. Yet organizational silos, as well as individual “stars” who build their own reputations and revenue streams, often block true collaboration. And as businesses scale, it becomes more difficult for employees to know—let alone trust—their colleagues located at different sites.

Heidi Gardner, a former McKinsey consultant and Harvard Business School professor, now a fellow at Harvard Law School, has spent over a decade studying the practices of more than a dozen global professional service firms. The result: conclusive proof that collaboration pays, for both employees and their firms. And technology can help ensure that effective collaboration takes place.

In her book Smart Collaboration, Gardner shows that while collaboration is an extremely difficult path, it is very profitable.

On October 19, in a live, interactive Harvard Business Review webinar, Gardner will share findings from her research, discuss the obstacles that make collaboration so difficult, and provide insights into the benefits of collaboration. She will also offer powerful prescriptions for how leaders can foster collaboration, leverage technology, move to higher-end and higher-margin work, increase client satisfaction, and attract and retain top-caliber talent.

To discover why and how to truly improve collaboration in your organization—and reap the rewards—join Heidi Gardner and HBR on October 19. 

About the Speaker

Heidi Gardner   Distinguished Fellow  Harvard Law School’s Center on the Legal Profession  Lecturer on Law   Harvard Law School’s Accelerated Leadership Program         

Heidi Gardner

Distinguished Fellow

Harvard Law School’s Center on the Legal Profession

Lecturer on Law

Harvard Law School’s Accelerated Leadership Program




Professor Heidi Gardner is a Distinguished Fellow at Harvard Law School’s Center on the Legal Profession, a Lecturer on Law, and Faculty Chair of the school’s Accelerated Leadership Program. Previously she was a professor at Harvard Business School. Her research, teaching, speaking and consulting focus on leadership and collaboration in professional service firms, and her book “Smart Collaboration: How Professionals and Their Firms Succeed by Breaking Down Silos” has just been published by Harvard Business Press. Professor Gardner earned a Master’s degree from the London School of Economics and a doctorate in organizational behavior from London Business School. Previously with McKinsey & Company and as a Fulbright Scholar, she has lived and worked on four continents.