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  • About the Author: Heidi K. Gardner

    Heidi K. Gardner is an assistant professor of business administration at Harvard Business School. She is the author of the April 2012 HBR article, “Coming Through When It Matters Most: How Great…

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22 Dec. 2017 | Comments (0)
How to Stay Focused If You’re Assigned to Multiple Projects at Once
Few people today have the luxury of working on a single project at a time; most of us are juggling the demands of many teams at once. In theory, this system of “multiteaming” offers a number of upsides: You can deploy your expertise exactly where and when it’s most needed, share your knowledge across groups, and switch projects during lull times, avoiding costly downtime.

29 Oct. 2017 | Comments (0)
How to Capture Value from Collaboration, Especially If You’re Skeptical About It
Many of us recognize intellectually that we need others’ knowledge to solve big problems, yet we still lack the motivation to collaborate.

22 Sep. 2017 | Comments (0)
How to Get People to Collaborate When You Don’t Control Their Salary
People in industries as different as commercial real estate, pharma, biotech startups, hedge funds, and public school districts worried about how to transform a competitive, star-driven culture into a collaborative one when they had no power to juggle financial rewards and no influence over promotion decisions.

09 Jul. 2015 | Comments (0)
Collaborating Well in Large Global Teams
Professional service firms seeking to help companies navigate the demands of globalization face a tough challenge because advisers with the specialized expertise needed to address sophisticated issues are most often distributed throughout the firm and around the globe.

20 Mar. 2013 | Comments (0)
Younger Workers Need a Career Narrative
Much has been written about the importance of career narratives for mid-career and senior professionals. But, we'd argue, they're even more important for younger professionals who don't yet have a multipage CV or a headhunter in their corner.

10 Apr. 2012 | Comments (0)
Manage Your Team's Dissensus
Team members tend to assume that they all agree about how much knowledge everyone else on the team has, but research shows they often actually hold quite differing perceptions. I call this phenomenon "expertise dissensus."