JACK MA: HIRE MORE WOMEN
“Fifty per cent of our power sellers are women, because on the Internet, gender does not matter.
“It is your service to the customer that matters,” said Ma.
The ability to bring out the best in employees will propel the company much further than intelligence or any other “corporate smarts”.
“The best people are not outside the company. They are inside. A lot of companies prefer to spend money on machines, but you should spend it on your people,” he said.
“It is also important that when you set up your company, you do not aim to become famous or rich, but aim on what you can contribute to your community and country.
“This is how you will eventually become successful.”
Ma, who is trained as a teacher, said it was important to teach children to be optimistic and yet realistic about the future.
“I find that those who are successful are optimistic. They never complain,” he said.
“Education should focus on imagination, creativity and teamwork. We should teach children sports, and make them understand what is teamwork. If we do not change the way we teach our kids, we are in trouble. Our kids will always complain. had undergone intense training for years.”
When he was on the track, the speed king said he kept his mind occupied with random things such as “what do I wear tomorrow or where am I going to party?” and does not think about his competitors.
On his retirement plans after
“The world is full of opportunities on the back of people who are complaining; if you can solve their complaints, you will succeed. Stop being those who complain and start doing.”
Ultimately, Ma said, aspiring entrepreneurs should always rely on themselves over the advice of others.
“Always use your own mind and rules. Everyone has different backgrounds, educations and upbringing, and what works for others doesn’t necessarily work for you.”
Held over two days, GTF2017 saw the participation of more than 3,000 delegates from 76 countries. the next World Championships, the Manchester United fan said, besides participating in charity work, spending time relaxing and travelling, he aspired to be a professional football player. Bolt’s message to Malaysian youth was to continue pushing themselves and to work hard, but added that “it won’t be an easy journey”.
Founder and executive chairman of Ali Baba Group Jack Ma at the Global Transformation Forum at the Kuala Lumpur Convention Centre yesterday.
Usain Bolt taking the stage at the Global Transformation Forum in Kuala Lumpur yesterday.