Webinar - Collaboration and the War for Talent

Updated: Nov 23

This recorded webinar (55 mins) on Collaboration and the War for Talent discusses the interrelated and reinforcing nature of talent retention and collaboration.

It draws on research and practical examples to explore the propositions that:

  • Collaboration is a weapon in the War for Talent

  • Well-managed talent operationalises collaboration

The topic is examined through the lens of the partner and employee life cycle:

  • Before: talent attraction, and talent acquisition through merger

  • During: retention and engagement

  • After: life beyond partnership/employment‍

About the experts

Dr Heidi K. Gardner

Presenter: Heidi K. Gardner, PhD, is a Distinguished Fellow at Harvard Law School and Faculty Chair of the school’s Accelerated Leadership Program, Smart Collaboration Masterclass and other programs. Dr. Gardner's book Smart Collaboration: How Professionals and Their Firms Succeed by Breaking Down Silos (2017) is a Washington Post bestseller. Her next book, Smarter Collaboration, scheduled for release by Harvard Business Press in fall 2022, captures new research, case studies and practical, tested applications of the concepts in a range of industries. Dr. Gardner is the author of more than 80 books, chapters, case studies, and articles. Her groundbreaking psychometric tool, the Smart Collaboration Accelerator, developed after a decade of primary research, has been adapted by leaders worldwide as a practical tool for embedding a collaborative culture. ‍ ‍

Patrick St John

Presenter: Patrick St John is a former partner of Herbert Smith Freehills and before that Clayton Utz. After a successful career as a leading finance partner, Patrick moved into management roles, first as a national practice group leader, and following the merger of Herbert Smith and Freehills, as Global Head of Practice for Finance, Real Estate and Projects. He was a member of the firm’s Global Executive Committee, Remuneration Committee. Patrick has deep experience in remuneration systems and governance, partner promotion and lateral recruitment, performance management and addressing underperformance. Recently Patrick authored for Performance Leader a report on Managing & Rewarding Partner Collaboration, based on his experience co-designing measures for recognising partners who support and collaborate with their peers. ‍ ‍

Facilitator, Ray D'Cruz

Facilitator: The facilitator, Ray D’Cruz, is CEO and co-founder of Performance Leader. Ray has consulted to over 100 professional firms globally on contribution issues and performance design. He is co-author of Partner Compensation Handbook, scheduled for release by Globe Law & Business in 2022. ‍

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