“I don’t think it’s that simple. Go and read this book. Rethink your answer,” I told my colleague after reading her draft reply to a client’s question for a corporate exercise.

The question touched on procedural matters under company law. There are cases on interpretation of the relevant section under the Companies Act.

My colleague sent me a revised draft. I amended the draft and sent it back. We spent the next hour discussing relevant cases, textbooks and articles and further amended the draft reply.

Together, we came up with a work product that was better than any of us could come up with on our own.

Such is the nature of corporate exercise. Rarely does it depend solely on one person’s effort or brilliance.

It is said in the book “The Start-up of You” by Reid Hoffman and Ben Casnocha:

“No matter how brilliant your mind or strategy, if you’re playing a solo game, you’ll always lose out to a team.”

In case you are wondering… no, we didn’t charge the client by hour for the discussion.


This post was first posted on Linkedin on 23 May 2022.

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