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As a manager, are questions like these keeping you up at night?

“In the face of disruptive change, how do we become more agile?

How can we be more resilient?

How can we be more open to change?

“How can we get out of our comfort zone?”

How can we find purpose?

How can we get closer to customers ?


Sahar’s answer to all these questions is simple: start thinking like an entrepreneur, not an employee.

Doing that doesn’t require a complicated theory or methodology. All it takes is ten simple shifts that absolutely any employee in any organization in any industry can learn:

  1. Really feel (not just undertand,feel) how your customer feels about what you provide.

  2. Get out of the office more.

  3. Clear your calendar of busyness, so you have more time for customers

  4. Let go of ‘how things have always been done’ and allow curiousity to lead you

  5. Drop the perfectionism that stops you from experimenting.

  6. Worry more about resourcefulness than resources.

  7. Build prototypes fast and play around with them.

  8. Escape the paralysis of fear by celebrating mistakes

  9. Learn to think of hearing ‘no’ as a part of the process, not a stop sign.

  10. Take off your work mask; being professional doesn’t meaning being emotionless or doing your best robot impression.


Humans learn best not from data or PowerPoint slides, but from stories. That’s why, when Sahar speak to big organisations, she roots all these behavior changes in her personal story, engaging audiences on an emotional level. It’s only through the heart, that you can influence the head and truly change how people think and behave.


“Sahar Hashemi has a gift for storytelling.  These pages radiate the warmth and humour with which she has passionately spoken so many times about her own experiences as an entrepreneur and subsequent conversations with ‘big business’.  There’s an oversupply of frameworks and tools at the disposal of the 21st century ‘intrapreneur’, but this common-sense canter through 10 habits and no less than 34 small but significant ‘shifts’ is a well-crafted wake-up call to the dormant entrepreneur in all of us.  Inspiring, human, humble.  Just like the author.”

 Carl Nagel, Global Marketing Innovation Director, Jacobs Dowe Egberts