Who's the boss : Anne-Sophie Pic

After her father’s sudden death, self-taught Anne-Sophie Pic took over the reins of the family’s gastronomic legacy. 20 years later, she is the most Michelin-starred woman chef in the world, has 450 employees and a turnover of 25 million euros. Here is her recipe for leadership success.

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Anne-Sophie Pic

6 episodes
Building leadership and legitimacy
Building leadership and legitimacy

Anne-Sophie Pic didn’t just inherit her father’s gastronomic empire, she reinvented it. In a field dominated by men, Pic has discovered that leadership skills aren’t necessarily something you’re born with. Instead, leadership is a learning process, founded upon communication and understanding, that works towards conveying a company’s very soul.

S1 • 1 • 6mn
It takes two to tango
It takes two to tango

While Pic is the dreamer, her husband, David Sinapian, is the doer. Together, they form the cornerstone of the vital balance within Maison Pic, where each individual gets the chance to thrive and people help each other develop their potential. With mutual support instead of rivalry, carefully chosen pairings can take a company twice as far.

S1 • 2 • 5mn
Hiring and elevating the crew
Hiring and elevating the crew

An essential part of leadership is knowing how to delegate tasks and trust others. At Maison Pic, each member of the battalion, whatever his or her rank, also serves as an ambassador and messenger. To help the Maison thrive, the sous-chefs pass on the values and lessons they’ve learnt throughout their careers.

S1 • 3 • 5mn
Acting on instinct
Acting on instinct

For Pic, there’s no such thing as innate genius. But it can be cultivated. Trusting your instincts enables you to bridge the gap between dreams and reality and explore uncharted territory. To create rather than follow. This intimate yet candid process proves that a leader's intuition is the strength that makes him or her unique.

S1 • 4 • 6mn
Dealing with mistake and discomfort
Dealing with mistake and discomfort

"Failure", "mistake" and "abandon" are all negative words. Yet they are key part of the creative process, especially in the kitchen. Having experienced the death of her father at a young age, Pic believes that leaving one’s comfort zone paves the way for boldness and creativity—a lesson in leadership she is keen to pass on to her employees.

S1 • 5 • 7mn
Turning worst to best
Turning worst to best

"As nothing is within our control...just go for it!" In this final episode, Pic explains why we must turn uncertainty and loss of control into a fresh start. Difficult situations can often reveal a hidden strength, pushing a leader towards refocusing on what really matters and reinventing him or herself.

S1 • 6 • 6mn
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