Ma explained how his primary role is to make sure the smart people can work effortlessly together. This particular organisation culture is what eventually made sure his exit from the business went smoothly. Ma spent several years mentoring Alibaba’s current CEO, Daniel Zhang, to take the reins in 2019. Additionally, upon departure, Ma wrote to shareholders that the company he created is now “built on systems of organisational excellence” and does not depend on a single leader.
These five hand-picked quotes should do an excellent job of highlighting his unique style and inspiring you this week:
“In life, it’s not how much we achieved, it’s how much we’ve gone through the tough days and mistakes. If you want to be successful, learn from … other people’s mistakes, don’t learn from the successful stories”
"I try to make myself happy because I know that if I’m not happy, my colleagues are not happy and my shareholders are not happy and my customers are not happy”
"On the path to success, you will notice that the successful ones are not whiners, nor do they complain often."
“The opportunities that everyone cannot see are the real opportunities.”
"No matter how tough the chase is, you should always have the dream you saw on the first day. It’ll keep you motivated and rescue you from any weak thoughts."
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