“This transition demonstrates that Alibaba has stepped up to the next level of corporate governance from a company that relies on individuals, to one built on systems of organisational excellence and a culture of talent development”
– 53 year old Jack Ma, founder of Chinese e-commerce giant Alibaba in his retirement letter to customers, employees and investors last week.
His words are inspiring and he went on to say:
“Teachers always want their students to exceed them, so the responsible thing for me and the company to do is to let younger, more talented people take over in leadership roles so that they inherit our mission…”
“As I became more and more central to the team and its success, I distanced myself from social media. When I was a rookie I wanted to know what everyone thought and I was open to advice from anyone. But after a season of trying to please or impress strangers on the internet, I realised I had to stop or it would ruin me.”
– Rotorua born Steven Adams, centre for the Oklahoma City Thunder, reflects in his very readable autobiography and in doing so gives an insight into the focus and extraordinary self discipline which has made this 25 year old basketballer one of NZ’s sporting greats..
“Nothing in life is more liberating than to fight for a cause larger than yourself, something that encompasses you but is not defined by your existence alone”
– American family man, Politician and Navy veteran John S McCain III (1936 -2018) writing in his book of family memoirs.
Ironically he was ranked as one of the lowest in his class of 1958 at naval college, after years of conflict with higher ranked personnel and the rules.
“The cure for anything is salt water – sweat, tears or the salt sea”
– Karen Blixen (pen name Isak Dinesen) accomplished Danish author of Out of Africa and Babette’s Feast…
We hope that you returned from your Xmas break well ‘cured’ and look forward to a prosperous 2018…