Journey to the Emerald City

Journey to the Emerald City

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by Roger Connors, Tom Smith
     
 

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Connors and Smith explore the direct link between a company's culture and the results it produces, providing a program to transform entrenched patterns into potent new ways of being and doing. Getting to the core of why people work as they do is a dynamic process demanding that leaders take control of the culture to create experiences that foster beliefs, drive

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Connors and Smith explore the direct link between a company's culture and the results it produces, providing a program to transform entrenched patterns into potent new ways of being and doing. Getting to the core of why people work as they do is a dynamic process demanding that leaders take control of the culture to create experiences that foster beliefs, drive actions, and produce the ultimate competitive advantage. Filled with success stories, the book introduces a step by step model to help people at any level of the organization take action that will alter the company's belief system in order to produce the desired results.

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"This audiobook describes what we've all suspected- that it isn't just America in crisis, but the American character.  The good news is that Connors, Smith, and Hickman also describe the 'yellow brick road' we must follow to rebuild the dominant qualities required to achieve success. It uses masterful illustrations, powerful language and keen insight to continue the quest toward creating more accountable, adaptable work cultures."

—Dr. Stephen R. Covey, Co-founder Franklin Covey Company,
Author of the #1 best-selling The Seven Habits of Highly Effective People

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780735203587
Publisher:
Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date:
06/25/2002
Edition description:
Reprint
Pages:
256
Sales rank:
265,862
Product dimensions:
6.02(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.71(d)
Age Range:
18 Years

Meet the Author

Roger Connors and Tom Smith are cofounders of Partners in Leadership, an international management consulting firm with hundreds of clients in almost all major industries. They are also the coauthors of Journey to the Emerald City, a sequel toThe Oz Principle.

Tom Smith and Roger Connors are cofounders of Partners in Leadership, an international management consulting firm with hundreds of clients in almost all major industries. They are also the coauthors of Journey to the Emerald City, a sequel toThe Oz Principle.

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Journey to the Emerald City: Implementing the Oz Principle to Create a Culture of Accountability 4.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 27 reviews.
sj255 More than 1 year ago
I thought this book was extremely relevant to me and my organization. They talked about a number of challenges within the book that I face everyday within my organization, but better yet they provided solutions to those challenges. I am now a believer in the power of accountability.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book helped me and my organization truly create a, "Culture of Accountability." The insights, models and stories shared were pertinent, practical, and applicable. This was not your typical leadership development book, it was a book that helped our organization achieve a competitive edge through applying the principles of accountability that are taught within. A must-read!!
DougJ More than 1 year ago
I absolutely loved Journey To The Emerald City! I read it after I read The Oz Principle and it really helped me understand why you need to lay a foundation of personal accountability and then accelerate the needed changes in how folks ,throughout the organization, think and act in order to achieve results now! The book helps to create an aligned view of the culture that you have and the one you need. The Results Pyramid clearly defines how experiences and beliefs lead to actions and results. This is one book that never leaves my desk!
Hank42 More than 1 year ago
It is rare that those writing about complex, oblique, and pervasive issues are so aptly able to reduce those characteristics and subjects to such understandable and digestible terms. However, this book does just that. If you want the user's guide to enhancing, motivating, directing, and aligning your organization to achieve more, and more than you thought possible, read and apply the contents of this book. Watching these concepts at work in an adversarial management/union environment, the results were stunning. The application of these concepts impressively changed the character of the working environment, the relations between management and union, and increased quantifiable results beyond what the managers thought possible. This works!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Wow! Culture truly is incredibly instrumental is how we think and act within any organization. This book teaches clearly how to change an unhealthy culture of dishonestly covering one's tail and blaming others to a healthy culture of honestly confronting one's mistakes and fixing them. This is the low hanging fruit when it comes to optimizing the effectiveness of an organization for sure!
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Thesaint More than 1 year ago
Creating a culture of accountability has a whole new meaning for me, now that I have read this book, which in my mind is THE book on accountability out there. I learned a tremendous amount and through applying it to my everyday life and interations I have seen amazing results. The Oz guys know accountability!
Aiminghigh More than 1 year ago
Read the book and then had the training and really enjoyed it. The book made sense to me and taught concepts that can be applied universally. The key concept they focused on was accountability. The way they talked about accountability and they power that it can have caused me to have a personal paradigm shift, because I had always related accountability with something negative. The way they talk about accountability makes me want to be more accountable in my life and help my co-workers to become more accountable as well, because if we do this there is no doubt in my mind that we will be able to be more effective.
GLeon More than 1 year ago
I thought Journey was a great read! I found the step by step model introduced in this book insightful. Journey truly defines how results can be achieved through a culture of accountability.
TM77 More than 1 year ago
I really enjoyed reading this book and found out that It wasn't your average business book. It centered around creating a culture of accountability, and gave example after example of companies that have done just that and experienced amazing results. They also talked about the importance of having open channels of communication from the top-down and the bottom-up. This principle of focused feedback struck a chord with me, and I realized that while I might be good at giving feedback, I need to do a much better job at receiving and asking for feedback.
BRSmith More than 1 year ago
This book focuses so well on achieving results as a company or "Culture". The idea behind the principles in this book are so simple and have been thought out with such simplicity. Using the Results Pyramid model can change the mind set of any culture, which does help to achieve the results that are most desired! This book was incredibly easy for me to comprehend and grasp the terms presented. Too often business books can be tiring, but this one was intriguing throughout the entire book. This Book was beneficial for me to read and apply in our culture! Journey has helped our company to make the shifts necessary to achieve our true potential. It is a must read!
Deloyd More than 1 year ago
The models and stories the authors outlined in this book were practical and powerful. I loved the concept of the results pyramid they used to illustrate results are a culmination of an organizational culture that includes people's experiences, beliefs and actions. This made sense to me. Too often I read business book and they are either way over my head in complexity, or what they talk about is not very practical. This book is both simple and practical, and as I applied the principles to my own life, I saw results.
Birdie36 More than 1 year ago
Journey To The Emerald City is a straight forward, hands on type of book. It outlines simple yet effective ways to change corporate culture and can create a competitive edge for organizations today. During this economy especially, reading this book has opened my eyes to the fact that we can change the direction we are headed by more actively managing our organizational cultures. A must read!
adikahuna More than 1 year ago
Journey To The Emerald City should be on every manager's desk! Not just in their bookshelf. I read The Oz Principle first and learned about personal accountability. Journey helps you achieve a real competitive edge by getting everyone in your organization (or family or spouse)to recognize and accelerate the needed changes in how they think and act in order to get the desired results now! This is a great book for anyone that has to communicate with someone else.
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fastfingersfloyd More than 1 year ago
I found Journey to the Emerald City to be a book that really gets to the nuts and bolts of shifting an organization to a performance-driven culture. There are a lot of books on organizational culture out there that are really more fluff than anything else. Most books give conceptual examples of how to improve performance, but there are no tools and real life application to make the ideas into reality, not to mention to make them sustainable. Journey to the Emerald City outlines the process of shifting an organization's culture based on experiences, beliefs and actions, instead of just focusing on telling people what to do. The book explains that an organization cannot continue with "Culture One" if it wants to produce "Results Two". This book is simple, yet powerful.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book outlines and defines what it takes to create a culture of accountability in an organization. It then gives example after example of companies that have achieved success through creating a culture of accountability.
RyanRey More than 1 year ago
I really enjoyed this book and the principles taught.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The first two books in the series are excellent--but difficult to implement on your own. Sean Oliver recommended Coaching and Mentoring for Dummies--which I found to be excellent and implementable (without any training).
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