Book 4 of Year 2017 – “Smart Collaboration” by Heidi Gardner

I enjoy reading HBR books and publications simply because many of them are so well researched and written in the least boring way possible.

I spent a few days searching for a reputable book about collaboration at the workplace and came across Heidi’s book.

Initially, I was discouraged by the fact that the book seemed to focus on Consulting/ Professional services companies; but that discouragement was soon dismissed as there is a lot to glean.

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

Genre – Non-Fiction

Book Length – 256 pages (Hardcover)

Reading Time – 4 hours

Style – Heidi provides in-depth research to prove that collaborating smartly greatly increases profits and outputs when existing solutions are adapted to the specific situation of clients.

She shares a number of business terms and strategies one can implement as either a business owner or a partner/associate in a professional service firm.
One particular term I had never heard of was VUCA – Volatile, Uncertain, Complex and Ambiguous.

She also provides examples of where collaboration will simply not work and how to weed out individuals who do not have the requisite collaborative capabilities.

Favourite Quote – “Done right, collaboration is a powerful competitive tool – especially when wielded by seasoned collaborators.”

Recommendation – This is a research heavy book that one needs to read again but the principles are clearly stated with action points. I particularly enjoyed how she provided strategies for attracting and retaining millennials.

Rating – 4/5

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