By many measures, Askinosie Chocolate is a small company — they work in small, artisan batches, they focus on developing their 17 employees, and they're not afraid to hit the breaks and decelerate in order to achieve goals other than growth for growth's sake. But the impact of Askinosie Chocolate is anything but small.
When I joined my father’s practice, Clarke EyeCare Center, in 1995, it took a few years for me to define my vision as a leader. We were hiring and firing and trying to build the perfect team, until I realized that there’s no such thing as the perfect team.
It was 2013. My then 11-year-old company, Up&Up, had plateaued. I was frustrated to say the least. Who was doing this? Why was this happening to me? I scrutinized employees, sales, clients — everybody but me. Until finally, one day, I had the sudden realization: “The problem is me...isn’t it?”
"There is no more effective way to empower people than to see each person in terms of his or her strengths."
- Don Clifton