From optimism to opportunity, ideas to innovation, these business leaders have got all subjects covered – in less than 30 seconds.

Business tutorials in short from the best in class:

TALENT

“Talent is extremely important. It’s like a sports team, the team that has the best individual player will often win, but then there’s a multiplier from how those players work together and the strategy they employ.“

-Elon Musk, Tesla and Space X

IDEAS

“One thing I learned is, big ideas sound stupid in the beginning. I’ve always heard that if your idea is any good there is no problem with sharing it because people w i l l d i sm i s s it .M a ny ide a s c ome from solving your own problem which aren’t life-changing problems, but these ideas could become life-changing ideas.“

-Brian Chesky, Airbnb

MISSION

“There are different ways to do innovation. You can plant a lot of seeds, not be committed to any particular one of t hem , but ju st see what grows.And this really isn’t how we’ve approached this.We go mission first, then focus on the pieces we need and go deep on them, and be committed to them.These things can’t fail. We need to get them to work in order to achieve the mission.“

-Mark Zuckerberg, Facebook

FAILURE

“One a re a where I think we are espe cially distinctive is failure. I believe we are the best place in the world to fail (we have plenty of prac tice!), and failure and invention are inseparable twins. To invent you have to experiment, and if you know in advance that it’s going to work, it’s not an ex periment.“

-Jeff Bezos, Amazon

DRIVE

“I’ve always been driven and hungry. Long after ot hers have stopped to rest and recover, I’m still running, chasing after something nobody else could ever see.“

-Howard Schultz, Starbucks

ETHICS

“Obviously everyone wants to be successful, but I want to be looked back on as being very innovative, very trusted and ethical and ultimately making a big difference in the world.“

-Sergey Brin, Google

FOUNDATION

“The greatest thing we can do is pro vide the best pos sible foundation for those who come after us.“

-Evan Spiegel, Snapchat

OPPORTUNITY

“What really matters is that we are in the midst of a technological renaissance that will be much farther reaching than any of us can predict if we invest correctly. Our generation has an opportunity, in our lifetime, to put a massive dent in human suffer ing and make trillions of dollars in return.“

-Chamath Palihapitiya, Social Capital

RESOURCES

“If you really think about the things that you need to make your self happy -housing, security, opportunities for your kids -anthropologists have been identifying these things. It’s not that hard for us to provide those things. The amount of resources we need to do that, the amount of work that actually needs to go into that is pretty small. I’m guessing less than one per cent at the moment. So the idea that everyone needs to work frantically to meet people’s needs is just not true.“

-Larry Page, Google

EQUALITY

“ Theant i d o t e to inequality is e q u a l it y. T h e question is how do you achieve equality? I believe that for business, which is where I can speak, we have to shift from shareholder maximisation to stakeholder maximisation. And when we only focus on our share holders, that’s when it becomes very limiting and that’s when we can draw fire from other stakeholders.“

-Marc Benioff, Salesforce

MONEY

“I’m certainly well taken care of in terms of food and clothes. Money has no utility to me beyond a certain point. Its utility is entirely in building an organisation and getting the resources out to the poorest in the world.“

-Bill Gates, Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation

OPTIMISM

“Optimism is price le s s -but on ly when coupled with measurement.“

-Ashton Kutcher, A-Grade Invest ments and Thorn

Source: ET Panache – 27th June, 2016 issue.

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