Harvard professor, keynote speaker, and best-selling author Dr. Heidi K. Gardner says collaboration skills are surprisingly rare – especially among men.


Companies that promote smarter collaboration not only improve their bottom line, but also generate breakthrough ideas. On a recent episode of the InfoTrak radio show, Dr. Heidi K. Gardner, Distinguished Fellow at Harvard Law School’s Center on the Legal Profession and co-author of Smarter Collaboration: A New Approach to Breaking Down Barriers and Transforming Work, offers practical advice for collaborating smarter. Dr. Gardner:

  • Defines smarter collaboration
  • Explains how someone becomes a smarter collaborator
  • Shares an example of smarter collaboration at work
  • Discusses how leaders can “craft a case for change” to motivate employees to practice smarter collaboration
  • Explores the role of leaders versus others in collaborating smarter
  • Sheds light on inequity in collaboration recognition (from a gender standpoint)
  • Considers whether companies should create a director of collaboration position
  • Examines whether well known leaders (like Elon Musk) are strong at smart collaboration