‘You have to hire people oriented towards learning’ – 20 quotes of the week on leaders and entrepreneurs

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Launched in 2014, StoryBites is a weekly feature from YourStory, featuring notable quotable quotes in our articles of this past week (see the previous edition here). Share these 20 gems and insights from the week of June 13-19 with your colleagues and networks, and check back to the original articles for more insights.

See also our pick of Top Quotes of 2021 on Entrepreneurship, Investment, Digital Transformation, Storytelling, The India Opportunity, Pandemic Resilience, Failure Recovery, Design, and Art.

Most businesses fail due to the mismanagement of their short-term and long-term funds. - Ravi Modani, 121 Finance

In the world of startups, while there is noise, there are hundreds of signals as well. - Harish Mehta, 'The Maverick Effect'

Valuations and velocity will move with markets. - Sequoia

When it rains, you open an umbrella. - Masayoshi Son, SoftBank

In a diverse workplace, different cultures come together to bring various ideas and perspectives, making the organisation a safe space for all. - Shaked Avraham, NetConnect Global

Access to quality education is critical to decent employment and entrepreneurship opportunities for women and girls. - Susan Ferguson, UN Women India

As more businesses and professionals recognise the rewarding impact of gender-equal workplaces, we have the unique opportunity to help women become more employable and entrepreneurial in today’s digital era. - Ashutosh Gupta, LinkedIn

Take LGBTQIA+ discrimination seriously and also by mentoring. Employee networking groups, seminars, and conferences go a long way in making the workplace all-inclusive. - Raghunandan Saraf, Saraf Furniture

Given the challenges of open disclosure, LGBTQ-friendly policies are the best way to signal an organisation’s inclusive and supportive culture. - Manmeet Sandhu, PhonePe

The important characteristic of Gen Z consumers is that they are purpose-driven with transparency being key. - Radhika Ghai, Kindlife

We have a real need to be surrounded by beauty and this joy of seeing something beautiful is in itself the message. - Anni Kumari, 'Codes of a future'

Art gives the power to create dreams as a story. - Pavan Dhananjaya

We just have to observe and think big. There is so much an artwork can speak for itself. - Sindhu Bhairavi

Poor posture in the upper back and middle back, which comes from hunching and sitting all day, can cause several symptoms. - Deepa Kannan, PFNR

Right now, plant-based meat is a niche phenomenon. There is still some time before it becomes mainstream and products evolve. - Akshay D'Souza, Bizom

When a brand promotes healthy living or develops healthy products, it must have a sense of responsibility and duty towards the consumers to educate them or make them aware of what is truly healthy for them. - Akshi Khandelwal, Butterfly Ayurveda

It is totally acceptable and possible for people to consume liquor responsibly. - Vivekanand Balijepalli, Booozie

Some hard problems are good to solve early on for long-term brand building as well as operating leverage. - Vineeta Singh, SUGAR Cosmetics

When you play a team sport, there will be differences and disagreements. It is very natural. - Mithali Raj

You have to hire people oriented towards learning as opposed to those who only have the right skill set. - Srikanth Velamakanni, Fractal

YourStory has also published the pocketbook ‘Proverbs and Quotes for Entrepreneurs: A World of Inspiration for Startups’ as a creative and motivational guide for innovators (downloadable as apps here: Apple, Android).

Edited by Megha Reddy

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