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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 240 pages
  • Publisher: Portfolio Hardcover; 1 edition (January 4, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1591843618
  • ISBN-13: 978-1591843610
  • Product Dimensions: 6.4 x 0.9 x 9.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 15 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (57 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #244,950 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"Lloyd James expertly narrates [this]…book on organizational effectiveness. His comfortable performance softens the book's serious intentions." ---AudioFile --This text refers to the MP3 CD edition.

About the Author

Roger Connors and Tom Smith are co-founders of Partners in Leadership, an international management consulting firm with thousands of clients in almost all major industries. They are also the co-authors of the prequel to this book, The Oz Principle, and the follow-up book, How Did That Happen?

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Very well written and good contents.
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I've read and enjoyed two other books by these authors, and was anxious to see how this book measured up.
Rob Haws
This is a MUST read...I highly recommend reading.
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In Leading Change, James O'Toole suggests that much (most?) of the resistance to change initiatives is the result of what he so aptly characterizes as "the ideology of comfort and the tyranny of custom." Roger Connors and Tom Smith fully agree. In a previous collaboration, The Oz Principle, they explain how to get desired results through individual and organizational accountability. They introduce "Steps to Accountability," a sequence of actions: See It (i.e. recognize what must be done), Own It (i.e. make an investment in as well as a commitment to getting it done), Solve It (i.e. recognize and eliminate barriers with whatever resources may be needed), and Do It (i.e. producing the right results in the right way, as promised). Connors and Smith also suggest that people tend to live and work (most of the time) either above or below "The Line" that divides accountable behavior from behavior that is not.

As they note, "We use the term `result,' rather than `goal' because result implies that either you will achieve something or that you have already achieved it. In contrast, `goal' suggests that you would like to have something happen, but might not accomplish it. A goal tends to be hopeful and directional, but not absolute." In this context, I reminded of what Thomas Edison observed long ago: "Vision without execution is hallucination." Apparently the Yoda agrees: "Do or do not. There is no try."

Connors and Smith devote Part One (Chapters 1-5) to explaining how to create a Culture of Accountability, define the results to be achieved, take effective action to produce them, identify core believes that guide and direct behavior, provide experiences that support efforts, and reinforce results to sustain their beneficial impact.
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54 of 65 people found the following review helpful By J. Czarnik on May 3, 2011
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OK... 15 Reviews total so far, 12 of them- all 5* on Jan 4, release day. Imagine the coincidence :).

And yes, I actually DO own the book. It is a decent book among a crowded shelf of business management self-help books. Not worth the 5* sweep though.
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12 of 14 people found the following review helpful By Lit Lover on January 9, 2011
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I would highly recommend this book to all business people, whether they are top leaders or managers at any level in any type of organization. The emphasis on getting results though a culture of accountability sets it apart from the feel-good books about corporate culture because the authors actually give readers a proven formula for success. It's not easy working with something as hard to quantify as culture, but the authors pull it off. The book is fascinating and well-written. And its many good examples bring the topic to life.
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20 of 26 people found the following review helpful By BookFan Biz Results on August 3, 2011
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I was really hoping to see something new and insightful here but as I read through each page in anticipation, nothing ever developed. this is the same old stuff in a new cover. nothing new here. Seems to me to be the operating model of most authors - write a book, wait a few years - update with a new cover. Smith and Connors need some new ideas.
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14 of 19 people found the following review helpful By Douglas E. Judson on January 4, 2011
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Change The Culture Change The Game is a powerfully inspired addition to The Oz Principle and How Did That Happen. This book introduces the methodology for efficiently and effectively changing the way people think and act throughout an organization to make certain that they achieve their key results...now! Mr. Connors and Mr. Smith have taken the concept of Creating a Culture of Accountability to a new level by demonstrating how to accelerate cultural change. This is required reading for any leader who must keep his organization,(or family) competitive and focused. I have found that the impact of greater accountability and the acceleration of change in the way people think and act has not only improved my work "life" but has also greatly improved me as a leader, husband, father and son. The stories of actual people and organizations in the book demonstrated clearly to me how to use the models to achieve rapid, results oriented change.

This is a Must Read!
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8 of 11 people found the following review helpful By K. Theodore on January 4, 2011
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Like most readers, I don't bother to rate something unless it is excellent. This book gave me an easy opportunity to do so. Very, very good. Appreciated the conceptual foundations as well as the practical tools and models/diagrams. Very eager to implement this with my team. We could use a game-changer right now.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Rob Haws on January 4, 2011
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I've read and enjoyed two other books by these authors, and was anxious to see how this book measured up. I wasn't disappointed. The ideas are useful and actually applicable. I enjoyed the real-life stories and examples, and thought they were helpful in illustrating the author's ideas. A good read that will be useful, not only for CEO's, but for any leader looking to improve the way things are done in their organization.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Bluefish on February 24, 2013
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Our company instituted the Culture of Accountability last fall and the results have been nothing less than amazing. I am watching individuals step up, take charge, and team together to move processes forward. And the results have been great!
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