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!”

PC?   Nope.

True?   You bet-cha.

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 This book is set for release this month – December 2008.

This book has earned our Official Seal & Endorsement as a Best New Book.

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.

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