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Switched On: You have it in you, you just need to switch it on by [Hashemi, Sahar]
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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 MailTop 35 Women in British business under 35; Management Today20 most powerful women in Britain.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 742 KB
  • Print Length: 209 pages
  • Publisher: Capstone; 1 edition (9 Nov. 2010)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B004D4YOAQ
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  • Average Customer Review: 3.2 out of 5 stars 29 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #683,197 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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By Neil Goodacre TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 4 July 2010
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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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