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Be A Shortcut. The Secret Fast Track to Business Success

  • ID: 2325534
  • Book
  • December 2008
  • 272 Pages
  • John Wiley and Sons Ltd
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Praise for Be A Shortcut

"It′s an extraordinary combination in a business book. You′ll laugh, you′ll cry, you′ll think, but, most of all, you′ll learn about the success and influence you get when you become a Shortcut."
–Andy Andrews, New York Times bestselling author of The Traveler′s Gift

"The author′s leading–edge ideas on professional Shortcuts (without sacrificing your integrity or quality results) will fast–forward your rise through the ranks and expedite your professional success. Read it and reap."
–Sam Horn, author of POP!: Stand Out in Any Crowd

"Scott Halford shares sound insights that every professional services firm could use to ensure excellent client service. His guidance on emotional intelligence and navigating business relationships is worthwhile for executives and emerging leaders alike. This book is well worth the investment of time to read and learn practical principles for professionals looking to advance their careers and their businesses."
–Thomas D. Furman Jr., PE, BCEE, Chairman and CEO, CDM

"Finally a book that candidly and simply explains how to rapidly advance in business, no matter what level in the company. It′s filled with how–to′s for those who choose to step up to the plate."
–Robert Wechsler, Chairman, Century Ventures

"It′s rare that a book comes along that can have a profound impact on your life. This book is your personal life shortcut filled with extensive research, real–life success examples, and how–to shortcut lessons. Scott Halford is your ideal mentor, holding the mirror up until you really see yourself and, at the same time, asking the insightful, challenging questions about who you will choose to become personally and professionally. Now with the mirror and shortcut lessons in mind, you have the chance to begin a passionate journey to a more delightful and meaningful life."
–Kim Patmore, Executive Vice President, First Data Corporation

"Halford′s insights into leadership and effectiveness through Shortcuts are brilliant his storiescapture the essence of what success looks like in today′s fast–paced work environment. After reading this book, you won′t stop assessing your own and your employees′ capacity to be a Shortcut."
–Dr. Lynn M. Gangone, Dean, The Women′s College of the University of Denver

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Shortcut Quiz.

Part One: The Know–Why.

Back–Road Basics.

If You′re Not a Shortcut You′re Taking Up Too Much Space.

Are You a Shortcut or Bottleneck?

Determining Your Value.

Anatomy of a Bottleneck.

Shortcuts Save Time.

Part Two: The Know–What.

Make It Easier, Make It Better, Make More Money.

The Shortcut of Efficiency (Easier).

Organize Your Info.

Unload the Overload.

Scoop It Up.

The Washed–Up Shortcut.

Raise Your Hand.

Get Some Screen Time.

Rule the Rules.

Become the Master.

Find the Flow.

Train Your Brain.

Incite Your Insights.

Throw Some Spice on the Grill.

Use the White Space.

Excel as a White Belt First.

Get Framed.

Be the Influencer.

Part Three: The Know–How.


The Care and Feeding of Your Shanti.


Emotional Intelligence.



Humor: The Secret Weapon of Shortcuts Everywhere.

Yes : Why It′s Usually the Right Answer.






Part Four: The Shortcut as a Company.

Shortcuts Transform.

Shortcut Paradise.

Shortcuts Here, There and Everywhere.

Shortcuts Remember When

Part Five: The Long and Shortcut of It.

The Lessons of the Shortcut Have Always Been There.


Appendix: Shortcut Quiz Answers.



About the Author.


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Scott G. Halford
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