Gardner & Co. co-founder Dr. Heidi K. Gardner has written two books on smart collaboration: Washington Post bestseller Smart Collaboration: How Professionals and Their Firms Succeed by Breaking Down Silos and newly launched Smarter Collaboration: A New Approach to Breaking Down Barriers and Transforming Work (which she co-authored with Ivan A. Matviak).

Smarter Collaboration

An essential guide for forward-thinking leaders

This indispensable new book lays out a pragmatic action plan blending rich stories, new empirical research, and loads of practical advice to help companies thrive by collaborating more effectively.

Smarter Collaboration

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Smarter Collaboration Testimonials

An organization’s culture determines its destiny. Smarter Collaboration does an excellent job of showing you how to get a great one.

Ray Dalio, Founder, Bridgewater Associates and author of Principles: Life & Work (Simon & Schuster, 2017)

Gardner and Matviak provide leaders with a clear guide on making smarter collaboration happen. It’s full of tips on today’s most pressing topics, including hybrid working, inclusion, diversity and equity, and the role of technology and analytics. This is a must-read for any business leader.

Nhlamu Dlomu, Global Head of People, KPMG International

With the scale and complexity of challenges facing business and society today, knowing how to collaborate–how to really collaborate–is one of the most important skills of our time. Through pragmatic insight and engaging examples, Gardner and Matviak illuminate a path for leaders that begins with truly valuing the wisdom people bring, and results in innovations beyond what any one group could create alone.

Sandy Speicher, former CEO, IDEO

Research-backed, full of case studies and practical advice, this book lays out a realistic roadmap for leaders to implement smarter collaboration and reap the benefits. Smarter Collaboration is highly readable and thought-provoking.

Neil Dhar, Vice Chair and Chief Clients Officer, PwC United States

The authors’ deep grasp of the business world combines with expertise in the psychology underpinning our human foibles. The result is actionable advice for implementing smarter collaboration to capture its financial and human benefits.

Amy C. Edmondson, Professor, Harvard Business School and author of The Fearless Organization: Creating Psychological Safety in the Workplace for Learning, Innovation, and Growth (Wiley, 2019)

In the coming years one of the most significant private sector divides will be between companies which embrace collaboration, bridge-building and collective action to help them thrive, and those which remain limited by siloed-thinking and poor partnership skills. Gardner and Matviak will help your business ensure it is on the right side of that line.

Paul Polman, former CEO, Unilever and business leader, campaigner, and co-author of Net Positive: How Courageous Companies Thrive by Giving More Than They Take (HBR Press, 2021)