As founder of the UK’s first coffee bar chain, and the author of a global bestseller on entrepreneurship, Sahar Hashemi understands entrepreneurial behaviour to the core. In the decade since founding and selling Coffee Republic, she has become an industry expert on entrepreneurship in the corporate world, and has spoken or worked with some 400 companies – as well as seeing traditional business culture up close when her own company ‘grew up’, got big and turned corporate.
“In the face of disruptive change, how do we become more agile? more resilient? more open to change?” “How can we grow big and still act small?”
As the relentless pace of change and disrupt-or-die competition forces established organisations to re-think their cultures, these are the questions keeping leaders up at night. Sahar Hashemi believes that hidden in these new challenges lies a golden opportunity for businesses to transform culture away from an old out-dated template to a new way of working which is much more entrepreneurial and far more personal. In her latest book Start-Up Forever, Sahar throws out the excuses that have previously stifled entrepreneurial behaviour in big companies. She believes big companies acting like start-ups is neither unattainable, nor complicated. Its simple, intuitive and in fact very human.
This revolutionary new manifesto distils the author’s decades of experience as an entrepreneur and top thought leader into a simple actionable toolkit that breaks through out-dated habits and shifts organisations — whatever their sector, industry or size – towards a more entrepreneurial mindset, one person and one behaviour at a time.
In June 2012 Sahar was awarded an OBE for services to the UK economy and to charity.
She is currently co- chair of the Government Scale Up Taskforce and is actively involved in the roll-out of Change Please, a social enterprise that trains and hires homeless people to run coffee carts.
"I absolutely love working with the team at Maria Franzoni. They know the needs of their client with great meticulousness and step into the shoes of both their client and the speaker to make sure the match is perfect. They are thorough, professional and an absolute joy to work with. " Sahar
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