Smart Collaboration: How Professionals and Their Firms Succeed by Breaking Down Silos

  • 8h 24m 14s
  • Heidi K. Gardner
  • Recorded Books, Inc.
  • 2017

Professional service firms face a serious challenge. Their clients increasingly need them to solve complex problems―everything from regulatory compliance to cybersecurity, the kinds of problems that only teams of multidisciplinary experts can tackle.

Yet most firms have carved up their highly specialized, professional experts into narrowly defined practice areas, and collaborating across these silos is often messy, risky, and expensive. Unless you know why you’re collaborating and how to do it effectively, it may not be smart at all. That’s especially true for partners who have built their reputations and client rosters independently, not by working with peers.

In Smart Collaboration, Heidi K. Gardner shows that firms earn higher margins, inspire greater client loyalty, attract and retain the best talent, and gain a competitive edge when specialists collaborate across functional boundaries. Gardner, a former McKinsey consultant and Harvard Business School professor now lecturing at Harvard Law School, has spent over a decade conducting in-depth studies of numerous global professional service firms. Her research with clients and the empirical results of her studies demonstrate clearly and convincingly that collaboration pays, for both professionals and their firms.

In this Audiobook

  • Introduction: Why Collaborate?
  • 1. The Business Case for Collaboration
  • 2. The People Case for Collaboration
  • 3. Collaboration and the Solo Specialist
  • 4. The Seasoned Collaborator
  • 5. Collaboration and the Contributor
  • 6. Collaboration for Ringmasters
  • 7. Looking Sideways at Collaboration
  • 8. Collaboration: Yes, Your Clients Care