THE SOUL OF SORBET
BY IAN FUHR WITH JOHANNA STAMPS EGBE (Pan Macmillan, R199)
In the space of a few short years, grooming and beauty franchise Sorbet has grown to encompass five brands, over 200 stores and a range of retail products. In the followup to the biographical Get That Feeling, founder Fuhr, along with organisational development expert Egbe, centres on what he believes is the key to Sorbet’s astonishing success in a competitive sector: a people-centric philosophy that values interpersonal skills, humility and the willingness to serve others.
Billed as a guide for business leaders and stakeholders, The Soul of Sorbet can sit just as comfortably on the self-help shelf. Implementing some of its principles may be far harder than the book makes it sound, bearing in mind that the lead author is a serial entrepreneur with more than four decades of experience. But through this slim volume, Fuhr – with his kindly, avuncular demeanour and disdain for corporate dress codes – maintains it may be possible to conquer the cutthroat world of business with respect and humanity, rather than ruthlessness.