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The Oz Principle: Getting Results through Individual and Organizational… (1994)

by Roger Connors

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I read this book as a result of a training class I took entitled Achieving Accountability. The book delivers a modern perspective on an old topic. The concepts provided in this book are not necessarily new or innovative, but rather re-packaged using terminology that has been updated to the current day.
The authors have done a good job of communicating the core ideas of Accountability and describing its wide berth in terms of adopting it as a core value within yourself.
Overall, I would recommend this book as this is a topic that is always relevant and important to remind yourself of the different areas where accountability applies. ( )
  gtliddle | Dec 1, 2011 |
With a focus on accountability and its corollary, empowerment, there’s a lot that’s good here. Connors et al. shoehorn business lessons into the framework of The Wizard of Oz pulling out lessons that are ironic when one considers Baum’s work. But although it is better to view workers as people who are endowed with the unique skills that empower them to make a difference (as a opposed to replaceable cogs without free will), the assumption of the authors is that in large corporate environments like the ones they profile in their books, the accountability of average workers can make a difference. Sure, if an executive takes responsibility, there are measurable results that matter. But are we to believe that an instructional designer or systems consultant’s actions aren’t so obscured by layers of bureaucracy that the customer/client will really be able to tell the difference? ( )
  ebnelson | Mar 18, 2010 |
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At the core of the authors' message is the idea that when people take personal ownership of their organization's goals and accept responsibility for their own performance, they become more invested and work at a higher level to ensure not only their own success, but everyone's.… (more)

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