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Product Details

  • Audio CD
  • Publisher: Tantor Media; Unabridged edition (January 1, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1400103010
  • ASIN: B007BWFVUY
  • Product Dimensions: 6.5 x 1.1 x 5.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.4 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (25 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #5,641,266 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

Editorial Reviews

From Publishers Weekly

While everyone's heard the phrase, author and former CEO Levine (The Six Fundamentals of Success) contends that few really understand the power of his title. In more than 99 short but simple rules, Levine helps readers "speed up," "be direct," "meet smarter," "move forward" and "cut back," among other imperatives. Practicing what he preaches, Levine makes his points with concise, direct advice and short chapters: Levine backs Rule 78, "Weed out your reading pile," with a primer on developing a "core reading list"; in Rule 37, "Tell them if the baby is ugly," he demonstrates why readers shouldn't put criticism on the back burner; and he allows Rule 58, "Recognize when it's all been said," to speak for itself. In other areas, Levine provides snappy ways to deal with toxic coworkers, find more balance in work and home and confront all the distractions and time wasters of daily life. Though much of Levine's advice amounts to good common sense ("Look at the big picture"), and some to cliché ("Trust your gut"), Levine's breezy, humorous take makes these reminders genuinely memorable.
Copyright © Reed Business Information, a division of Reed Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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Praise for Cut to the Chase

"Cut to the Chase will enable readers to get their priorities straight, and help them make better decisions."
Clark Winter, Chief Global Investment Strategist"
-Citigroup Global Wealth Management

“This great book shows you how to work hard and get more done, so you’ll have more time to spend on other things in your life, from family to friends to personal passions and outside interests.  A vital message for everyone today.”
—Helene Fortunoff, former President, Fortunoff Fine Jewelry

“These practical strategies provide a powerful roadmap for focused and effective communication.  It is a book that all of us should read at least once a year.”
-Jon R. Cohen, M.D. Chief Medical Officer, North Shore-LIJ Health System and Former candidate for Lieutenant Governor, New York State

“Invaluable leadership advice on how to become more effective and efficient!”
—Edward D. Miller, former President and CEO, AXA Financial, Inc.

“Clear, concise, with a crucial message for anyone looking to succeed in business.”
—Richard Silverman, Vice Chairman Wealth & Investment Management, Bank of America

“Cut to the Chase offers 100 very useful managerial ideas in compact, punchy form. It’s terrific!”
—Josh Weston, Honorary Chairman of the Board, Automatic Data Processing, Inc.

“If your goal is to be responsive to client needs, get desired results, and lead a more productive life, read this invaluable book.”
—Paul D. McKinnis, Senior Client Partner, Korn Ferry International


Acclaim for Stuart R. Levine's Wall Street Journal Bestseller The Six Fundamentals of Success

“Can help anyone (regardless of their personal goals) navigate a successful career.”
USA Today --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

Customer Reviews

The chapters are typically two pages long, making this a very reader-friendly book.
Kevin Quinley
If you have a desperate need to make big strides in time management, then this book would have value to you.
Barry Jones
The practical wisdom enables anyone to become more effective and balanced in both work and life.
Robert Reiss

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15 of 17 people found the following review helpful By Barry Jones on June 21, 2007
Format: Hardcover
If you're just starting out in the business world this is a good little book to keep around.

I've been in the business world since receiving my MBA in 1988. Time management is something I have a pretty good handle on but hadn't thought about for a couple of years. However, last week my brilliant consultant-wife dropped this book on my desk. She rolled her eyes which I interpreted as "you're on your own with this one". . I read it in 90 minutes and there is some good common-sense advice throughout the volume.

If you have a desperate need to make big strides in time management, then this book would have value to you. I personally found it somewhat "new yorkish". We're not quite so ruthless about people intruding on our schedules out here in Chicagoland. The main issue I have is that there is so little "meat". This is the type of stuff people might have written in the 70's (setting aside references to Blackberrys and email, of course).

My advice would be to keep looking for other books on time management/personal management. Amazon has them all.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Global Biz on December 27, 2006
Format: Hardcover
Levine's new book underscores the importance of mastering communications with busy, time-deprived top executives in the business world. Practical yet insightful rules like "Close the loop" and "Master the Graceful Exit" go a long way towards a highly successful career and this book should be a "required reading" for any new hires before working for your company.

His last book "Six Fundamentals of Success" was quite an excellent book but "Cut to the Chase" really is two cut above - this truly is a gift for the New Year for friends, associates and family!
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By CabLovr on December 27, 2006
Format: Hardcover
I love practical business books and this one rates right at the top among those I've read. I am not an academic and I do not have time to read a thousand pages in search of scenarios applicable to me --- I need practical advice that can be applied right away in everyday business and life situations. This one serves up the kind of advice and tips that everyone can put to use right away in daily life. The only regret I see is that someone didn't write this twenty years ago. BTW, my favorites are "I got it" and "you're killing me"; those along could save dozens if not hundreds of hours a year. I'm buying copies for a number of co-workers (so they'll get the message when I say "I got it". Highly recommended.
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7 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Christopher O'Connell on January 9, 2007
Format: Hardcover
Stuart is a man of the people, who writes books for the people! He lives by the credo, "I trust the people, because when they know the facts, they do the right thing." (Harry S. Truman)

So, if you are looking for an overly scholarly work from the groves of Academe, then move on! But, if what you are seeking is a balanced and heartfelt guide that is grounded in common sense and real-world experience, then this book is for you.

You will learn how to become more productive, improve your quality of life, and have fun doing it, while treasuring each moment along the way.

To cut to the chase, buy the book!

(To save even more time, buy the book for your friends and colleagues!)
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Mario Alonso on October 10, 2007
Format: Hardcover
Cut to the Chase is light in weight but heavy with practical advice for the workplace. The 100 "tips" are divided into nine sections. Start Now! helps the reader with problems of psychological inertia. Think Clearly deals with organization and anticipation. Speed Up offers advice on promoting and dealing with change. Be Direct encourages clear and effective communication. Meet Smarter has very helpful advice on how to run more effective meetings. Move Forward inspires and guides you to seek and grab opportunities. Cut Back helps you to prioritize. Watch Out is a mix of subjects intended to raise your level of self-fulfillment. Find Balance is additional advice on time management. The book is a quick read and should be added to your list of sources that help you become oriented when life at work seems in disarray.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Larry Underwood on November 6, 2009
Format: Hardcover
For those of us who don't like a lot of needless complexity in our lives, this is a refreshing break from the nonsense. I suppose if you didn't aleady know this stuff beforehand, you've got some issues; by all means, read and heed the advice so pragmatically doled out.

Either I'm too lazy for my own good, or I just really know how to prioritize things in my life already; I found the strategies to be nothing more than a reassuring message that I'm already on the right track. It's good to keep handy, however; just in case you get off course and start to get overwhelmed by life's complexities. "Cutting to the chase" is always sound advice; we don't need to listen to any lengthy explanations, thank you very much.

Pehaps the definitive book on the subject of achieving more with less is Richard Koch's fine book, The 80/20 Principle: The Secret to Success by Achieving More with Less. This one's not bad, though; for starters, it could be quite useful.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Mary Leno on January 23, 2007
Format: Hardcover
I highly recommend Stuart Levine's brilliant book "Cut to the Chase" to any person looking to lead a successful life. "Cut to the Chase" has truly given me back the gift of time. This book has taught me great rules that I have quickly and easily implemented into my life. Some of my favorites are, "I got it", "It's not always about you" and "Get over it." After finishing this book I was amazed at how fast my life was shaping up. I have never felt happier with my family or in my job in my entire life. Thank you Mr. Levine and may we all learn to "Cut to the Chase!!!"
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