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If you are looking for a simple guide to solving a complex business and career problem, welcome to the Emerald City. New York Times best-selling authors Roger Connors, Tom Smith and Craig Hickman believe that the “victim cycle” is a culture based on the refusal to see problems, accept accountability for them, solve them and take action is a serious business problem. They explain how the victim cycle stalls companies and careers from getting results. Their book positions The Wizard of Oz as an extended framework for a variety of self-help techniques you can use to overcome a sense of victimization and to eliminate the culture of victimization from your organization. The book also explains how accepting greater accountability for results can get a person, a team or an organization back on the path to success. And if the Oz metaphor is, perhaps, a little stretched here and there, just go with it. getAbstract finds that the advice is sound and the trip is fun. Like Dorothy, the tin man, the lion and the scarecrow, you, too, can journey down the Yellow Brick Road to a magic kingdom where you can achieve extraordinary results.

In this summary, you will learn

  • How to apply the tools and practices that accelerate greater accountability, both individually and organizationally, and
  • How to develop specific action steps for creating a culture of accountability and achieving desired results.

About the Authors

Roger Connors and Tom Smith are the co-founders of Partners in Leadership. They co-wrote the New York Times bestsellers Change the Culture, Change the Game and How Did That Happen? Craig Hickman is also the author of Mind of a Manager, Soul of a Leader and co-author of Creating Excellence.



Above and Below the Line
A fine line separates achievement and its opposite, whether that’s failure or inertia. To work above that line, take these sequential “steps to accountability” : “Muster the courage to see it, find the heart to own it, obtain the wisdom to solve it” and execute...

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    Andrew Grassie 2 years ago
    I had the opportunity to learn this material through a webinar a few years back. It's stuck with me, and I integrate it into everyday life... It's easier with a group/team when everyone knows or understands the material though. It creates a comfortable environment to keep people honest, or having the ability to call someone out by saying "stay above the line" people aren't as upset when you remind them of "the line". The transparency aspect is very crucial, if everyone understands the overall goal, and understands that what they are doing has a direct effect on attaining that goal, it generates a higher quality of work. I have been using the "See it, Own it, Solve it, Do it" in the National Guard every opportunity I get, it helps uncover and fix problems before they become a bigger issue.
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    Reynaldo Salido Jr 2 years ago
    A must read summary for those folks that are new to the company or in the progress of adopting the new environment.
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    Concepcion Irais Flores Rico 5 years ago
    It's sort of a short guide of how to solve problems with real companies examples using the habilities or personality of the Wizard of Oz characters.

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