- Paperback: 256 pages
- Publisher: Portfolio; Revised, Updated edition (May 4, 2010)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1591843480
- ISBN-13: 978-1591843481
- Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.7 x 8.4 inches
- Shipping Weight: 8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 236 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #12,470 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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The Oz Principle: Getting Results Through Individual and Organizational Accountability Paperback – May 4, 2010
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About the Author
Three-time New York Times best-selling authors Roger Connors and Tom Smith have written more on the subject of personal accountability than anyone. Known by many as “the Oz guys” based on their breakthrough best seller, The Oz Principle: Getting Results Through Individual and Organizational Accountability, Connors and Smith have spent the last 25 years coaching and consulting some of the top business leaders and organizations in the world. They are the cofounders of Partners In Leadership, LLC, a leadership training and management consulting company recognized as the premier provider of accountability training services around the world. The leaders they have worked with have gone on to become industry superstars and are hailed as some of the most influential people in their areas of expertise. Connors and Smith have led consulting engagements and major organizational interventions throughout the world. They both received MBA degrees from the Marriott School of Management at Brigham Young University.
Craig Hickman has authored seventeen books, among them such international bestsellers as The Oz Principle, Creating Excellence, Mind of a Manager Soul of a Leader, and The Strategy Game. He is a Harvard MBA, former CEO of Headwaters Technology Innovation (HW:NYSE), founder of the consulting firm Management Perspectives Group, and currently a Senior Partner and Thought Leader at Partners In Leadership. He lives in Charleston, SC.
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Many reviewers have degrade this book as corporate nonsense to make the employees take the blame. I won't deny that probably is the case in several companies, however, there are great lessons in this book that helped me realize that blaming corporate gets me nowhere. My actions have the ability to improve my situation, but rarely does playing the blame game ever produce desired results.
Granted, Dorothy and her three companions (four if counting Toto) proceed together on the journey to the Emerald City and, along the way, depend upon each other to overcome all manner of obstacles. However, keep in mind that the Emerald City is not the ultimate objective for any of them. Dorothy's, for example, is to return home to Kansas. The purpose of that journey, Baum suggests, is to learn what they do not know inorder to recognize what they already have.
The authors suggest that the same is true of most (if not all) of those who comprise a "cult" of victimization which ducks responsibility while telling everyone else what to do. According to Charles Sykes, "Crisscrossing the trip wires of emotional, racial, sexual, and psychological grievance, American life is increasingly characterized by the plaintive insistence, I am a victim." (Those with any direct and extensive experience with 4-7 year olds immediately recognize this as the adult version of "the blame game.") Connors, Smith, and Hickman examine what they characterize as "the destructive force of victimization" and suggest a step-by-step process by which to overcome it. Specifically, they explain HOW to proceed from consciously or unconsciously avoiding accountability for individual or collective results "Below the Line" to accepting accountability for individual and collective performance "Above the Line." I agree with the authors that a majority of workers choose to believe that they have no control over their jobs. They view themselves -- and justify themselves -- as "victims of circumstance."
This book can be invaluable both to individuals and to teams because it will help them to understand how and why "the destructive force of victimization" results in low productivity, customer dissatisfaction, ineffectiveness, wasted talent, and dysfunctional teams. Those who saw the film no doubt recall the scene in which Dorothy and her companions learn that the Wizard of Oz has no magical powers whatsoever. Only then do they grasp the meaning and importance of the Oz Principle: Assume full responsibility for your thoughts, feelings, actions, and results inorder to direct and control your destiny. Most of those who see themselves as victims have a choice: remain "Below the Line" and suffer while blaming others for that suffering, or, rise "Above the Line" to fulfill what Maslow describes as "self-actualization." In this thought-provoking as well as eloquent book, the authors explain HOW to rise above denial, self-pity, and recrimination; better yet, HOW to to draw upon sources of wisdom and strength within to achieve health, happiness, and prosperity. To paraphrase Pogo, "We have met the Wizard and he is us."
If at all possible, read this book in combination with Bossidy and Charan's Execution: The Discipline of Getting Things Done; Hammer's The Agenda: What Every Business Must Do to Dominate the Decade; and Canfield, Hansen, and Hewitt's The Power of Focus: How to Hit Your Business, Personal and Financial Targets with Absolute Certainty.
Pros: The message that the book delivers is "take responsibility". This is a great message and I really wish more people would live by those words. If they did, so much more would get done in this world.
Cons: The book is 90% filler that repeats its basic points over and over and over and over again. So much so that if you actually manage to read the entire book without relegating it to the shelf of shame, that you grow to really dislike those points and actually want to rebel against the principals simply because you are tired of the book beating you over the head with them every time you turn the page.
Over all, this book might be able to open some people's eyes as most self-help books can, but in the end I don't think it is a game changer. And I don't think it is worth buying.