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The Wisdom of Oz: Using Personal Accountability to Succeed in Everything You Do Hardcover – September 4, 2014

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About 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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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 160 pages
  • Publisher: Portfolio (September 4, 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 159184715X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1591847151
  • Product Dimensions: 8.5 x 0.8 x 5.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (31 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #517,594 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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This is going to be the most honest review by a smart person. The whole book can be condensed to to this: be personally accountable for your success and the factors that can contribute to your success. Writing is atrocious and content is obviously thin and stretched in order to create something long enough to be sold as a book and not a pdf.

Great example: a medical sales person was feeling negative that his company wasn't coming out with new products. But by staying positive and accountable he and his team hit record sales. With little exaggeration this is their advice. Not a single explaination what they did to remain positive, no mention of their strategies, LITERALLY no mention of how they implemented positive thinking or accountability. Now imagine a book filled with useless examples like these, and you have the poor man's Blink or Tipping Point. Oz is just a gimmick for authors to sell books and get speaking fees.
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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!
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Maybe it is because of were I am at in my life but it seemed like the whole book was spent trying to convince you to take responsibility for your feelings. But not much about after you have done that.
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This is a great book about self accountability and not allowing circumstance or people keep you from moving forward. By and large your future depends on you, this book helps you keep that focus when others may choose to go "below the line." Being below the line is okay, it's just not okay to stay there.

I plan to read this again soon.
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According to Roger Connors and Tom Smith, their book is not just about the 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...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 [and do better] what you need to do."

They insert strategically throughout their narrative more than thirty "Oz Rules" that help to guide and inform better decisions as well as to increase and enhance personal accountability. For example:

Rule 1. "When you can't control your circumstances, don't let your circumstances control you."
4. "Accountability is something you do to [and for] yourself."
12. "Recognize, accept, and examine your blind spots."
14. "Accountable people seek and appreciate feedback."
19."If you're not part of the problem, you can't be part of the solution."
28. "Reasons become excuses as soon as you start using them to stop trying to solve the problem."

Connors and Smith are especially clever when illustrating these and other "rules" with references to L. Frank Baum's classic while developing in even greater depth a concept introduced and then developed in previously published Oz books: "The Personal Accountability Line" or simply "The Line." In essence, The "Line" divides levels of progressively higher and regressively lower levels of personal accountability. The more personally accountable you are, the higher above the line you are; the less personally accountable you are, the lower below the line you are.
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One of the most inspirational and motivational books I have ever read. If you need to get something done, but feel like something is holding you back, then this book will dig you right out of that hole.
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One of the best books written on accountability and creating success. The story of Irena Sendler cracked open my heart and inspired me. I had to put the book down and cry for a few minutes. Thanks Roger and Tom! Great book.
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this book is so simple to read and apply to every part of your life. I want all my kids to read this book. the concepts are motivating and inspiring and make me more accountable through greater awareness. I'd highly recommend this to anyone!
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