The Difference between DOING and NOT DOING....

I have watched ‘The Wizard of Oz’ movie time and time again and each time is like the first. I learnt later in life that this wonderful, timeless story shares an important principle that we can apply to our business and personal life. You remember the three main characters were saying that their lives would be better if only they had…..a heart, a brain, courage? How many times have you heard someone say, “If only I had …….” ? 

My love of film had me naturally gravitate towards a book about driving results through increasing personal and organisational accountability called ‘The Oz Principle’. The book suggests that we already have everything we need to reach our destination if we would only look within ourselves and rise above our present circumstances to achieve the positive results that we are aiming for. 

‘You’ve always had the power my dear, you just had to learn it for yourself’ - Glinda – The Wizard of Oz. 

If you pause to consider what The Wizard of Oz movie is really about, the moral is quite simple. Once the main characters get past their whining and moaning about the ‘if onlys’ in their lives, they find the answer. The scarecrow, lion and tin man each had exactly what they needed to reach their final destination if they only did one thing. That one thing was to look inside – to their hearts. It was there that they found their resolve to have the courage, the brains and the heart to reach their final destination. The simple question they needed to ask themselves once they recognised they had all they needed to reach their destination was, “What else can we do?” The same can be said of us as we sit around the meeting table at work. I can guarantee you that the collective hearts and minds in the room already have all the answers they need to solve problems and figure out a way forward, if they only paused to look inside and ask, “What else can we do”.

If you would like to talk more about personal accountability for you or your team please feel free to give me a call or drop me a e mail and we can talk some more.

Cheers Andrew

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