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Switched on: You have it in you, you just need to switch it on [Paperback]

Sahar Hashemi
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9 April 2010
Life is too short to just come in for the paycheque Let′s face it, you work for the best years of your life and spend most of your waking hours on the job, so make sure you are energized, fulfilled and buzzing. Switched On will help you leap outside your comfort zone and awaken your creativity. Blast through the old thinking Switched On shows you how to think like an entrepreneur – have ideas, spot the opportunities, see the future and make things happen. The future belongs to fresh thinkers, so turn your receptors on and get ready to bring the real you to work. They′ll love you for it Go on, unleash yourself – you′ll be surprised at how indispensable you become. You have it in you – you just need to switch it on ′Not all of us can be great entrepreneurs but all of us can be innovative and enterprising in whatever role we perform. This book is a great guide and an inspiration on how to achieve this′ Miles Templeman, Director General, Institute of Directors.

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  • Paperback: 204 pages
  • Publisher: Capstone; 1 edition (9 April 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1906465835
  • ISBN-13: 978-1906465834
  • Product Dimensions: 13.7 x 21.5 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (28 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 379,688 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Sahar Hashemi is high profile UK entrepreneur. Formerly a lawyer, she left the comfort zone of her career to start Coffee Republic, UK's first coffee bar chain with her brother Bobby. In five years they built it into one of Uk's most recognisable brands with 110 stores and a turnover of £30m. Sahar left Coffee Republic in 2001 and wrote about the highs and lows of their journey in her bestselling book 'Anyone Can Do It- Building Coffee Republic from our kithcen table'which was published in 2003. She then started Skinny Candy, a guiltfree confectionary brand which she sold to confectionary giant, Glisten PlC in 2007. Her new book 'Switched On' published in April 2010 is based on her personal experience of igniting entrepreneurial thinking and innovation mindset within large corporations. Sahar has been named 'Pioneer to the life of the nation' by Her Majesty The Queen and 'Young Global Leader' by the World Economic Forum Davos.

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‘Switched On proposes eight entrepreneurial habits to make jobs more enjoyable, such as…committing 100 per cent to your role.’ (Financial Times, August 2010). ‘…uses Hashemi’s experiences with Coffee Republic…to explain the entrepreneurial mindset, discussing what it takes to be a self–starter…’ (Gulf Life, August 2010). ‘…[an] easy read…has wide application to all types and levels of employee.’ (Supply Management, August 2010). ‘[Hashemi] believes that, as an integral part of life, work “should be fun, not a weighty counterbalance to it". (Sunday Times, August 2010). ‘…aims to inject entrepreneurial spirit into businessmen and women who have started to feel too comfortable in their current role.’   (City AM, January 2011).

About the Author

Sahar Hashemi is author of the bestselling business book Anyone Can Do It: Building Coffee Republic from Our Kitchen Table . Abandoning a successful career as a lawyer, Hashemi founded the UK’s first US style coffee bar chain and went on to build it into one of the UK’s most recognised high–street brands with a turnover of £30m. Since selling the company Hashemi has gone on to become a hit on the speaking circuit. Originally speaking at entrepreneurial and business start–up events, it soon became apparent that her experiences could motivate employees in larger corporations and organisations. She now speaks at around 70 events a year worldwide to companies including IKEA, Infosys, Accenture, GlaxoSmithKline, Microsoft and IBM. Named by H.M. The Queen ′Pioneer to the life of the Nation′ and the World Economic Forum Davos as ′Young Global Leader′, Hashemi has been listed in: 100 Most Influential Women in Britain; Daily Mail Top 35 Women in British business under 35; Management Today 20 most powerful women in Britain.

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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Positive but brief. 4 July 2010
By Neil Goodacre VINE VOICE
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Sahar Hashemi (co-creator of Coffee Republic) has won all sorts of awards for giving advice to entrepreneurs and Swithced On is her attempt to bring the same sort of thinking to the masses. The book takes you through several steps, each designed to help you get more invovled at work, and is generally quite positive and refreshing. It doesn't really tell you anything you don't already know, but it does make you think about how to apply what you already know in an effort to make your working life a bit more enjoyable and it does have a few nice ideas. Let's be honest, anything that makes the working day go faster has got to be a good thing!

Switched On is an interesting book but seems to be aimed at office staff more than anyone else. I might be wrong about that, but I can't see how the ideas in it could be put into practice by, say, a bricklayer or a taxi driver for example. If you're a bricklayer or a taxi driver and you've read this then please go ahead and comment!

I should point out that there really aren't many words per page in this title and you will very likely get through it in a single sitting. I'm not sure it's good value for money from that persepctive but then if you value quality over quantity, you might be able to forgive. When all's said I done, I'm not that this book would suit everyone but if you're an office type with a love of jargon then you'll definitely get something out of reading this.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Switched to mute 18 Feb 2011
By Mr. Robert Kelly VINE VOICE
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OK, I have to admit it. I have read a lot of these books,and this one seemed to be almost archetypical of the genre. Personally I don't know what it is, but 'Switched On' like many other examples seems to aimed at the almost mythical middle tier employee in a middle tier company.
Again the message here is that you should work at something you enjoy and sieze the initiative, take risks and make bold decisions. Authors seem to forget that many people work in organisations where initiative is not so much discouraged as actively stamped out. The other issue I have is almost complete absence of humour within books like this. The language itself seems to have been shifted into some sort of evangelically bland positive prose.
There is some good stuff here, but it's buried amongst a lot of other more familiar material. I would however recommend this as a sort of greatest hits of self help books, as having read this you won't feel the need to pick up another.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars pretty much common sense 10 Nov 2010
By L. mckay VINE VOICE
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There are plenty books on the market on self improvement in life in general and in for the workplace ~ this book is an amalgamation of many of these books.

Pretty much a common sense advice book ~ however many folks seem to be lacking in common sense ~ so perhaps there is a market
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Switched off. 21 April 2012
By Flickering Ember TOP 1000 REVIEWER
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I wondered firstly where the sense was in taking advice from someone whose business had gone into administration at a loss of over 500,000, but nonetheless, I was interested to see what the author had to say. This book is geared, it would seem, more towards self improvement than business improvement, and it isn't effective in this aim either. It appears to me to be a hash of the anecdotal material in any given book already on the market, and the rest is just plain and simple common sense. I gained absolutely nothing from reading it and wouldn't recommend this book to others under any circumstances.
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Picking this book up I was not filled with confidence. The garish colour aside, it feels cheaply made and the advice varies from the bleeding obvious to the annoying and unhelpful. If you really need advice this basic then it might do you some good, but there are better alternatives that aren't so full of bits saying 'look at me, I founded a chain of coffee shops.
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3.0 out of 5 stars A good read but a little small 9 Sep 2010
By Jennifers Daddy TOP 1000 REVIEWER
I've read many of the other reviews on here which are pretty spot on. The book doesn't have enough substance for the price, but it does have quite a few redeeming features. A lot of what is said is common sense, but a lot of people don't have any common sense! I've worked with people who do not think of the customer, I've worked with managers who rule by force, I've worked on projects that are effectively disasters. All of these things take their toll on you. What this book aims to do is perk you up and get ahead.

Churchill said "Success is the ability to go from one failure to another with no loss of enthusiasm" and he was right. It's tough out there. Anything that can give you an edge in work and life is probably worth a try.
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I was really looking forward to reading this book, thinking it would give me a new insight in to business and ways to be creative. However, it is full of inane common sense which I imagine most people who would be interested in a book such as this already follow and know.

I suppose it might be good for a young person aged 15-19 as a starting point to see what kind of attitude gets you on in life and to spark an interest in entrepreneurship, but for a professional person I found it pointless. Not only was it not useful or interesting in anyway at all, but despite the simplistic language, it was also difficult to read due to the writer's style and the way the paragraphs are printed.

I hate to leave such a negative review but I really could find very little to compliment about this book.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Real, readable, and reaffirming
A bit of a gem this book, in that it is a readable book, reaffirming most of what one already knows, but also revealing hidden possibilities and opportunities, whilst at the same... Read more
Published on 27 Dec 2010 by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars A great refreshing read
A great read for any budding entrepreneur or indeed anyone who wants to improve. It's common sense approach is easy to read, positive and refreshing. Read more
Published on 5 Nov 2010 by Roger Edward Jones
3.0 out of 5 stars States the obvious but I guess some might find it useful?
So the basic premise of "Switched On" is that it's meant to help you be more productive/"switched on"/engaged in the workplace (or in life in general) and takes you through various... Read more
Published on 26 Oct 2010 by Dr. Rich Boden
4.0 out of 5 stars Good book, as long as you file it under "self improvement" rather than...
I had a lot of trouble with this book. It is totally useless for a business user as there is too little description of process, and it comes over a little too woolly. Read more
Published on 25 Oct 2010 by M. Bhangal
5.0 out of 5 stars two thumbs up!
Absolutely wonderful, very inspirational. I highly recommend this book to all the entrepreneurs out there!
Published on 10 Oct 2010 by Altazosa
5.0 out of 5 stars What I found in between the lines
Before reading Switched On I was a fatigued business woman, not to mention a bit disappointed, kind of a let go attitude, in what I was doing. Read more
Published on 8 Oct 2010 by Nadereh Azimi
4.0 out of 5 stars Don't Play That Song Again!
Ms Hashemi, who it has to be said is a successful and clever entreprenuer, here presents us with what is effectively an anthology of inspirational examples of her own and other... Read more
Published on 14 Sep 2010 by Captain Chaos (Semper Vigilans)
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