3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
on February 24, 2009
This book grabs me in the gut with gratitude for the amazing Shortcuts in my life and calls me to find my place in the world as a valuable Shortcut for others. The stories are educating as well as entertaining. It's very clear why the subject of Shortcuts is important, what the basic components of a Shortcut are, and precisely how I can become a better shortcut. The Shortcut Inventory Quotient included in the book and also online is a great assessment of current Shortcut capabilities and also a way to demonstrate progress and development over time. As an organization development practitioner, I can only imagine the performance and value companies can unlock by helping every single employee be a better Shortcut. The leaders that embrace the Shortcut concept will transform their organizations.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on April 2, 2009
I truly enjoyed this book. As a Realtor, it made me think about how I could become a better short cut for my clients. In these troubled times, being a short cut is more important than ever! It also made me remember to be thankful for all of the amazing short cuts I have in my life who have helped make me successful. The stories were great and the approach refreshing.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on December 15, 2008
Scott Halford has hit a homerun with this book! Be A Shortcut is to the point with great ideas and a common sense approach on how to live life and be a success in business. I hope everyone I know reads this book and becomes "A shortcut". Christmas shopping just became easy ....all my friends and colleagues will be getting this book from me this year.
Molly McNichols, Asheville, NC
on December 7, 2008
BE A SHORTCUT: The Secret Fast Track to Business Success
A Book Review by M. Joyce McMenamin
of a new book by Scott G. Halford
I'm going to say precisely what I want to about this book by borrowing a line from the Turner Classic Movie Channel where they run a short with a voice-over that goes: "Damn good actress!"
So I'll say it: "This is a damn good book!"
I can say these things because I know my mother will not be reading this review online. She never goes 'there' and at age 80 still demands that I give up all forms of slang, jargon and anything attributed to not stemming from 'proper Modern English'.
So what does my mother, my passing neglect for proper English and my penchant for really good books have to do with BE A SHORTCUT? Each of these elements in my Life has a common thread that equates to: I am lucky.
Lucky to have a mother who cared enough about me to make sure that I could actually speak and write proper English by choice. Lucky to have had access to as many books I could ever wish to read throughout my entire Life. Lucky to have the best books fall in to my lap - out of the sky - precisely when I need a good read and in this case - precisely when I was looking for something beyond bland.
I have dozens of books I could have reviewed. I have turned down reviewing books written by former NYTimes Best Selling authors, celebrities and corporate longhorns. Why? Because in order for me to review a book, at an ethical level, it must really touch a strong chord with me - at some level of my being.
BE A SHORTCUT isn't one book. It could easily have been six or seven books.
Yet, in just about 222 reading pages, one will find an intelligent and conversational approach to a myriad of questions and concerns that I hear many managers and would be leaders asking today.
As I read through it, there wasn't one chapter, one quote, nor one idea that I didn't agree with whole-heartedly, from the perspective of someone who has lived a corporate life, been a risk-taker and learned the short-cuts.
Scott G. Halford obviously learned the short-cuts as well. Mr. Halford gets an A+ in writing an excellent book that I will recommend often and I'll give myself a C- for proper English in this review and an A+ for complete honesty.
This book has my full endorsement.
Why? Because it really is a damn good book.
I hope that everyone who has, or is searching for the 'leadership' title, reads it immediately.
Buy BE A SHORTCUT - at Amazon.com. This book is set for release this month - December 2008.
Editor's note: This book has earned our Official Seal & Endorsement as a Best New Book.
Online Media, Maven, M. Joyce McMenamin is President/CEO of Tribeca Nine, Inc, which founded Network Abundance Publications, the original NoNiche magazine. Her production & consulting division, Sensitive Pie Productions, manages the creative for Idea Masters. Joyce has been reviewing best-selling books, as well as new authors since 2007. Author of The Integrity Channel, she consults with established clients.
This review originally posted at IDEA MASTERS Online Real-Time Magazine on December 7, 2008 by Network Abundance Publications.
Business consultant Scott G. Halford helps employees boost their emotional intelligence (EI), the capacity to assess and influence the emotions of other people. He coined the term "Shortcuts" to describe emotionally intelligent people - and companies - who make life better for their customers and cohorts. Companies prize employees with strong EI skills because consumers would rather deal with people who treat them well and make them feel good. Halford explains how you and your company can become shortcuts. Much of his information is old-fashioned common sense: Make yourself indispensable, maintain a positive attitude, and treat everyone around you with solicitude and respect. However, Halford blends these venerable verities with timely, in-the-know tips on how individuals and firms can pull onto the shortcut superhighway. He believes that anyone who doesn't become a shortcut is shortchanging his or her career, and he tells you why. getAbstract finds that his book can help you and your business make short work of your transformation to shortcut status in the shortest possible time.
on July 5, 2009
Of course there are shortcuts to success! In fact, author Scott Halford makes a good case for his premise that the secret to success is to be a shortcut for as many people as possible. When clients, colleagues and decision-makers can count on you to save them time, money and hassles . . .they're apt to give you their projects, promotions and accounts because they know they can trust you to deliver results. A worthy addition to any office library.
on March 10, 2009
What I got from Scott Halford is that shortcut is not short of work or effort. Those people who keep on thinking shortcut means less work, less values, less integrity, less morals, is really doing cut short.
In short, be a Shortcut but don't Cut Short!
Andy Ng, Singapore