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The Oz Principle is the groundbreaking work that demonstrates the vital role of accountability in the achievement of business results and the improvement of both individual and organizational performance. With more than a half million copies sold, The Oz Principle has emerged as one of the most influential and useful business ideas of recent times. The Oz Principle shows how to overcome The Blame Game that is so prevalent in organizations today. By taking the Steps to Accountability® and helping people See It®, Own It®, Solve It®, and Do It®, the authors help people move Above the Line® to take ownership for overcoming obstacles and getting results. The audio book spells out how to capture the power of positive accountability by helping people at every level of the organization ask the question, “What else can I do?” to achieve the result. The Oz Principle changed the fate of hundreds of companies because it works! People want to be accountable. Taking ownership of a business is exciting. So is improved performance. That’s why accountability has become a core management value for thousands of organizations throughout the world.

©2010 Craig Hickman, Tom Smith, Roger Connors (P)2011 Oasis

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  • SNP
  • NY, NY
  • 01-18-16

Silly, common sense stuff with glamourous title

Book had good points about emphasizing positive and proactive behaviour but was repetitive and simple. It's use of Oz for examples was just silly and contrived. I would recommend other books like "Focus" if you need to focus on something like staying above the line.

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Good read, but repetitive

Good principles. Book can be a little repetitive and sites some older examples. Does references quizzes in hardbound book which are not accessible on the audio book.

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Repetitive

To much story line and not enough business direction content. Would like more description on use of the Oz principle and less stories.

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  • Michael
  • Walnut Creek, CA, United States
  • 04-23-17

Trustless Accountability

Very rarely a business self-help book appears that is clear and highly effective.
This is not such a book.

My main objection is that is almost completely ignores the importance of building trust and granting control before accountability is possible. One line I really did not like: We suggest you quickly assess yourself before you evaluate your team. "We suggest"? "Quickly"? Not "It is very important to" and "thoroughly"? It seems crazy for managers to start evaluations on a subject they themselves have not internalized with staff that may not trust them. This tone along with the lack of the development of the important precursors of accountability (trust and control) make this book down right dangerous in the wrong hands.

The key concepts in this book are:
Accountability = A personal choice to rise above one’s circumstances and demonstrate the ownership necessary for achieving desired results
See It!; Own It!; Solve It!; Do It!
Above-the-Line thinking - Thinking Accountably which leads to success
Below-the-Line thinking - Thinking like a victim which leads to failure

Accountability (by that definition) is great, and I am a big fan of overcoming victimhood, but the patterns suggested in this book are at best vague and at worst destructive.
The book actually suggests these Six Steps to Create a Oz Culture:
Repeat the Oz buzz words
Tell stories about Oz
Walk around and coach Oz
Insist people include Oz in all their thoughts and actions.
Create Oz experiences - like, have managers anonymously grade the organization then fully discuss how to overcome the obstacles the grades revealed
Create Oz role models.

I did not like this book. In this genre I prefer On Intelligence, 7 Habits, Crucial Conversations, and Start with Why,

I found the narration clear and understandable but over the top (which is not all that unusual in this genre).

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The reader was pretty good, but...

The Oz Principle itself is pretty vague (and I think intentionally so). But the whole book could be summed up as: Don't be a victim. Instead, focus on what you can control, and take action there.

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Good not great

This book is a little cheesy yet pretty good leadership info is embedded within it. Stick with it to the end.

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Repetitive

Dry and repetitive. Good ideas about staying accountable, but I wish there were less general examples and instead focused on one or two in depth examples.

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Amazing.

Perfect for business and life. With sales teams and families. Great Story that is easy to follow and execute.

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Good for training customer service representatives

Where does The Oz Principle rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

In the genre of self-help/career-development it's right up there with any others. It is entertaining to an extent, but as a text it is great material for training service providers.

What other book might you compare The Oz Principle to and why?

Rhinoceros Success - Scott Alexander
Scott wrote this book when he was very young. The metaphor of the Rhino, the chase, the struggle, etc. was a clever way to frame the content - Keep Charging!

If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

Office Space - if everyone did it right.

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A stretch

I'm still surprised that someone was able to extend content to such a degree and subsequently wrting a book. As much as I appreciate the reference to the classical Wizard of Oz...it's a very far stretch to use this story as the reference point. Finally, trying to explain a simple concept where the content is stretched out to such an extent is not necessary...less is more at the end of the day.

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  • Honey65
  • 05-24-14

Excellent and informative

What did you like most about The Oz Principle?

Practical applications for yourself and others you're managing

What aspect of Wayne Shepherd’s performance might you have changed?

Pace was a little fast - you tune into that over a period of listening but I found it a bit much at first.