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Roger Connors and Tom Smith

Using Personal Accountability to Succeed in Everything You Do

4.4 (26 ratings)
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The Wisdom of Oz by Roger Connors and Tom Smith is a business leadership book that draws on "The Wizard of Oz" story to teach essential leadership lessons. It offers actionable insights for leaders and teams to promote a culture of accountability and drive better business results.

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    Only you can unleash the positive power of personal accountability.

    Let’s say you work in a job that you really hate. The hours are long, the work is tedious and mind-numbing, and worst of all, the pay is poor.

    But instead of seeking a new job, you simply moan and complain, saying that there aren’t enough jobs in the area, that only people with the right connections get the good jobs – that nothing is going right for me!

    Many of us have felt this way at some stage. Yet as common as this mind-set may be, it does nothing to improve our lives.

    If you really want to make a change for the better, you can’t blame others. Instead, you have to take responsibility for yourself, your job and your happiness: this is personal accountability.

    Often, however, being accountable for something feels like a burden. We often seek to shed responsibility as much as possible, by passing it on to our bosses, the government or relatives.

    But if you delegate your responsibilities, you become reliant on others. You are giving away the power to change yourself.

    The only way you can improve your life is to become accountable for it. This is a truth you must accept; and only then can you find a new job, and gain more qualifications and experience.

    It’s true that sometimes, situations can seem too overwhelming. But getting up after you’ve been knocked down is a choice that you make.

    With personal accountability, you can achieve your aims and control your circumstances: your choices are yours to make. But what exactly should you choose? Read on to find out.

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    What is The Wisdom of Oz about?

    The Wisdom of Oz helps you unleash your power to make change in your life by following the authors’ four-step path toward personal accountability. The book is based on the authors’ previous bestselling title, The Oz Principle, which was inspired by the 1939 classic musical fantasy film, The Wizard of Oz.

    The Wisdom of Oz Review

    The Wisdom of Oz (2017) is a fascinating exploration of accountability and creating a culture of ownership within organizations. Here's why this book is worth reading:

    • Offers a practical framework for mastering personal and organizational accountability, providing readers with actionable steps to implement in their own lives and work environments.
    • Combines real-world examples and relatable stories to illustrate key concepts, making the book engaging and accessible for readers from all backgrounds.
    • With its insightful perspectives on leadership and accountability, the book challenges conventional thinking and encourages readers to take a fresh approach to personal and professional growth.

    Best quote from The Wisdom of Oz

    The solution to most of lifes problems and opportunities is a strong dose of personal accountability.

    —Roger Connors and Tom Smith
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    Who should read The Wisdom of Oz?

    • Anyone who feels like the obstacles in their life are impossible to overcome
    • Anyone who wants to learn how to take control of their situation
    • Anyone aiming to become a better person at work or at home

    About the Author

    Roger Connors and Tom Smith are the co-founders and CEOs of Partners in Leadership, and together they have produced three The New York Times’ best-selling books. As experts in workplace accountability, Connors and Smith have organized workshops and advised many leading businesses.

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    What is the main message of The Wisdom of Oz?

    Discover the importance of accountability and personal responsibility in achieving success.

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    Is The Wisdom of Oz a good book? Is it worth reading?

    The Wisdom of Oz is worth reading as it provides valuable insights on personal and professional growth with a focus on accountability.

    Who is the author of The Wisdom of Oz?

    The author of The Wisdom of Oz is Roger Connors and Tom Smith.

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