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The Oz Principle: Getting Results Through Individual and Organizational Accountabilityby Roger Connors
Synopses & Reviews
Why does the story of Dorothy, the Scarecrow, the Tin Man, and the Cowardly Lion touch us? Like all great entertainment, their journey resonates. We see ourselves in the characters and likewise wish we possessed the power, the brains, the heart, and the courage to make our own dreams come true.
So what are your dreams? What do you want? Is it a promotion? Improving a relationship? Rescuing a child? Finding a new job? Saving a marriage? Getting a degree? Finding the love of your life? Making a difference in your community? This book will help you get whatever you consider worthwhile in life.
Simply put, when you unleash the power of personal accountability it will energize you in lifealtering ways, giving you a concrete boost that enhances your ability to think, to withstand adversity, to generate confidence, and to increase your own natural emotional, mental, and intellectual strength. Roger Connors and Tom Smith know this because theyand#8217;ve seen it work in their own lives and witnessed it in the lives of some of the most successful and influential people in the world.
The authors first introduced this powerful accountability philosophy in the New York Times bestseller The Oz Principle. Since then, millions have come to know them as and#147;The Oz Guysand#8221; and they have gone on to help leaders all over the world teach and apply the principles youand#8217;re about to learn. Principles that have generated billions of dollars of wealthand#151;along with a host of even more important results. Devotees of The Oz Principle have brought lifesaving medications to market, created better education in community colleges, greatly surpassed charity fund-raising goals, and improved medical practices in battlefield hospitals.
In The Wisdom of Oz, Connors and Smith present the practical and powerful principles of personal accountability in simple, down-to-earth terms that you can apply in your homes, schools, communities, churches, and volunteer groups. The book will help you strengthen family relationships, improve friendships, motivate children, increase value on the job, improve health and financial well-being, or achieve whatever it is you most desire.
Drawing on engaging stories about those who have overcome great oddsand#151;including South African president Nelson Mandela, Polish WWII hero Irena Sendler, and everyday men and womenand#151;Connors and Smith demonstrate that by taking personal ownership of your goals and accepting responsibility for your performance, you also take control of your success.
You will read stories about people just like you who learned to beat their struggles, like the New York area fisherman who fell off his lobster boat and was adrift at sea for twelve hours in the chilly Atlantic . . . but survived. You will learn the traits that allowed a college senior who landed flat on her face in a 600-meter race to jump up and win. Or a thirteen-year-old soccer player who moved from the bench to the starting lineup.
You will discover that while no one will ever wave a wizardand#8217;s wand and magically solve all your problems, there is a way to experience the near magical impact of personal accountability.
Showing how people in business suffer from the same feelings of anxiety and helplessness that beset the characters in "The Wizard of Oz," this volume reveals how employees can move beyond victimization to overcome obstacles, accept responsibility, and rise to new heights of achievement.
The definitive book on workplace accountability by the New York Times bestselling authors of How Did That Happen?
Since it was originally published in 1994, The Oz Principle has sold nearly 600,000 copies and become the worldwide bible on accountability. Through its practical and invaluable advice, thousands of companies have learned just how vital personal and organizational accountability is for a company to achieve and maintain its best results.
At the core of the authors' message is the idea that when people take personal ownership of their organization's goals and accept responsibility for their own performance, they become more invested and work at a higher level to ensure not only their own success, but everyone's. Now more than ever, The Oz Principle is vital to anyone charged with obtaining results. It is a must have, must read, and must apply classic business book.
About the Author
Roger Connors and Tom Smith are the author of Journey to the Emerald City and the New York Times bestseller How Did That Happen? They are also cofounders of Partners in Leadership, Inc., the premier provider of Accountability Training Services around the world.
Craig Hickman is the coauthor of the international bestsellers Creating Excellence and Mind of a Manager, Soul of a Leader, and other business books.
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