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The Story Behind The Oz Principle

Like all epic fantasies in literature, The Wizard of Oz portrays a whimsical, yet poignant journey of self-discovery. We use the familiar story as the introductory metaphor in our book The Oz Principle: Getting Results Through Individual and Organizational Accountability because it aptly illustrates the crucial impact that personal accountability can have on achieving results.

As the story’s four main characters reluctantly discover the Steps To Accountability, their journey takes them from confinement and victimization to freedom and the ability to make things happen. Through no fault of their own, Dorothy and her companions find themselves in circumstances beyond their control. Dorothy was suddenly ripped from her home by a tornado and transported beyond her will to the Land of Oz. The scarecrow was consigned to a life in the fields because he had no brain and, therefore, no options. The tin woodsman was frozen with inaction because he lacked the heart and the will to move. And, of course, the lion was robbed of his courage and ability to live the life he was destined to live.

This timeless story brings together each of these seemingly helpless characters, all of whom feel victimized by their shortcomings and circumstances. Believing that they are powerless and unable to change their situations, the four companions set off on a journey down the yellow brick road to the Land of Oz in the hopes of finding “the wizard,” who will surely solve all of their problems and give them what they want. However, upon arriving in the Emerald City after a dangerous and difficult journey, little Toto drags back the curtain to reveal a powerless wizard who is pulling levers, blowing smoke, and can do nothing for them.

At the end of the story, we see that each of them eventually rises above their circumstances and shortcomings to achieve the results they wanted. Their success comes not by the magic of some wizard, but by their working together and finding the power within themselves to achieve their desired results. Accountability, like empowerment, is something you do to and for yourself.

To learn more about The Oz Principle and how it can help you achieve the results you need, contact us.

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