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The Wisdom of Oz: Using Personal Accountability to Succeed in Everything You Do

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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 ...

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Overview

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 they’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 “The Oz Guys” and they have gone on to help leaders all over the world teach and apply the principles you’re about to learn. Principles that have generated billions of dollars of wealth—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 odds—including South African president Nelson Mandela, Polish WWII hero Irena Sendler, and everyday men and women—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 wizard’s wand and magically solve all your problems, there is a way to experience the near magical impact of personal accountability.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781591847151
  • Publisher: Portfolio Hardcover
  • Publication date: 9/4/2014
  • Pages: 160
  • Sales rank: 2,796
  • Product dimensions: 5.60 (w) x 8.40 (h) x 0.80 (d)

Meet the Author

Roger Connors and Tom Smith are co-founders of Partners In Leadership, the Accountability Training and Culture Change Company with thousands of clients all around the world. They are also the co-authors of the New York Times bestselling books The Oz Principle, How Did That Happen?, and Change the Culture, Change the Game.

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PREFACE

The Wisdom of Oz is not just a book about the power of personal accountability; it’s a book about what’s at the root of succeeding in everything you do. Simply put, when you unleash the power of personal accountability, it will empower you in life-altering ways. We’re not talking fictional superhero-type powers but about a real, concrete power that enhances your ability to think, to withstand adversity, to generate confidence, and to increase your own natural emotional, mental, and intellectual strength to help you do what you need to do. We know this works because we’ve seen it in our own lives and witnessed it in the lives of countless others.

We first introduced this powerful accountability philosophy in our book The Oz Principle. Since then, millions have come to know us as “the Oz guys.” Over the years we’ve helped leaders all over the world teach and apply the principles you’re about to learn to those they work with, to generate billions of dollars of wealth—along with a host of even more important results. They got better results . . . a lot better results. And with those improvements they were able to dramatically impact their ability to deliver on their missions: such as bringing life-saving medications to market, improving education in community colleges, greatly surpassing charity fund-raising goals, and improving medical practices in battlefield hospitals.

You may not be looking to make any great changes in your life, but you may want to accomplish some great task—at least, a task that seems great to you. If this is the case, unleashing the power of personal accountability can be your best strategy. Our accountability philosophy is all about helping you accomplish what you want or need to do. The Wisdom of Oz will show you how others have done it and how you can do it too.

At the heart of the message lies this one simple truth: You can’t let your circumstances define who you are and what you do. That kind of thinking only brings a sense of victimization that paralyzes your ability to think clearly, creatively, and quickly. Instead, you have to take accountability in order to take charge of shaping your circumstances. Do this and good things, positive things, game-changing things will begin to happen.

Easy to say, maybe harder to do.

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  • Posted September 5, 2014

    I've felt like someone waiting in line for a hit movie to open.

    I've felt like someone waiting in line for a hit movie to open. As a long-time fan of the authors' classic THE OZ PRINCIPLE, which teaches the power of accountability in business, I have been praying for them to put their wisdom into a book I can recommend to family and friends. THE WISDOM OF OZ answers that prayer. With clear, step-by-step instruction on taking accountability for the results you want in life and lively, down-to-earth stories of people who have done just that, the book will certainly help my son move forward with his dream to succeed in the music world, my daughter to reach even more Brazilian children in need of mentoring and support, and my wife to turn her new business venture into a profitable enterprise. I cannot more highly recommend this brief but powerful book. Thank you, Oz Guys!

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted September 8, 2014

    Powerful, yet simple and practical. The authors do a fantastic j

    Powerful, yet simple and practical. The authors do a fantastic job of using great stories that illustrate the principles presented throughout the book. The methods and models discussed are pragmatic and effective. Overall, it was well-written, but an easy read. I'd recommend this book to family and friends for both personal and professional development. 

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 8, 2014

    Wonderful book that had personal and professional application. I

    Wonderful book that had personal and professional application. It is a quick and easy read and I loved the stories that help bring to life the Oz Principles. Added bonus what the mini poster included. Now I can remind myself often of the principles that will help me reach my dreams and push myself farther that ever before.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted September 5, 2014

    Just finished the manuscript. Fantastic! Utterly simple and yet

    Just finished the manuscript. Fantastic! Utterly simple and yet elegant! So powerful that I'll show up tomorrow and the next day different and better. Thanks for a wonderful pick-me-up and fresh perspective on how to initiate my own success. I am better because of this book!.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 15, 2014

    This book does a great job of inspiring us to get off the couch

    This book does a great job of inspiring us to get off the couch and take responsibility for what we want. The world would be a better place if everyone practiced the principles learned in this book. Everyone should read this book. Prepare to be inspired.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 11, 2014

    I agree with the other reader's comments about how avoiding the

    I agree with the other reader's comments about how avoiding the blame game has huge implications on your life. I can honestly say that I started working differently after reading this book. The authors make it clear that personal accountability gives you the power to be in control of your life and choices. When you know you are accountable for the results, good or bad, your entire mindset and outlook changes in how you treat the way you work. It's an incredible read for career advice. 

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 11, 2014

    This book is the ultimate formula for success. It's straightforw

    This book is the ultimate formula for success. It's straightforward, easy to read, and entertaining. The authors are really empowering - it makes you want to  get up and DO something. Any book that makes me feel that way deserves 5 stars, hands down. 

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 11, 2014

    This book was recommended to me by a friend because they knew I

    This book was recommended to me by a friend because they knew I was starting my own business for the very first time. As an aspiring entrepreneur, I face a lot of challenges, including working up the guts to ask for something, nailing down a disciplined work ethic, and above all, remaining positive, motivated and strong. A lot of books are inspiring, of course, but I found Wisdom of Oz's language and examples to be personal and relevant. It just felt like someone was talking to me in every inspirational aspect I needed in business. Highly recommend it to those looking for a way to better themselves at work (or otherwise).

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 8, 2014

    So simple.  Very much worth reading!  I would recommend this to

    So simple.  Very much worth reading!  I would recommend this to anyone, any age....this should be something kids start studying in high school.  Avoiding the blame game has huge implications to your entire life.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 8, 2014

    REAL OZ

    Is the one by L.Frank Baum

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