• Anthony Woo, Partner at Reed Smith, talks to The Mag about the power of collaboration at work and in life.
• Humans are selfish by nature, but we can overcome this by working together and focusing on the greater good.
• Successful teamwork comes down to communication, a willingness to teach, share and be receptive of others’ ideas.
• The pandemic has changed how, but not why, we communicate, and collaboration is always about bringing people together to create results that are otherwise unachievable alone.
What’s the one thing that motivates you? “The Power Series” offers thought leadership insights from industry experts at Taikoo Place on the “power” of their initiatives in relation to everyday life. In February, we speak to Anthony Woo, Partner at Reed Smith Richards Butler about the power of collaboration.
Human nature is to be selfish by default. Sometimes, we’re unwilling to share just because we’re afraid of losing out, whether it’s credit, opportunities or resources. But no one can deliver the best results on their own; there are always situations in life or at work where we have to leverage on others’ skillsets and knowledge.
Collaboration means overcoming selfishness to consider the greater good. If you think about what your team can achieve collectively, you, as a part of the team, also benefit. I’ve been lucky enough to work with people who embrace this mentality, and it’s the main reason why I’ve stayed with our law firm for the last 17 years. I still remember back when I was a trainee, everyone around me was so helpful and patient with me. My supervising partner would even stay until 4am once to teach me how to amend an agreement! Such willingness to teach and share is a big part of our collaborative culture, and it’s all about driving progress through partnership.