The Oz Principle Steps To Accountability

"Are you operating above the line of accountability or below it?"

How you answer that question determines your success and company’s success. Growing up, do you remember when your parents or a teacher told you to quit giving excuses and “own” it?  That’s what reading "The Oz Principle" feels like.

When we encounter problems, we want to blame our bosses or our co-workers. Ultimately, does the blame game get us closer to getting the results we need? Nope.

“A thin line separates success from failure, the great companies from the ordinary ones. Below The Line lies excuse making, blaming others, confusion, and an attitude of helplessness, while Above The Line we find a sense of reality, ownership, commitment, solutions to problems, and determined action. While losers languish Below The Line, preparing stories that explain why past efforts went awry, winners reside Above The Line, powered by commitment and hard work.”

Here’s how to rise Above the Line: 

See It: Acknowledging reality and seeing things as they really are allows you to escape the feelings of powerlessness.

Own It: People who own their circumstances never allow the actions of someone or something else to keep them stuck Below The Line. "If you are not part of the problem, then you are not part of the solution."

Solve It: The wisdom to Solve It includes anticipating what could occur and preparing for the worst.
The Solve It attitude and behavior stem from continually asking the question, "What else can I do?" By constantly and rigorously asking this question, you avoid slipping back into the victim cycle whenever certain events occur that would otherwise seem to block the road to results.

Do It: Personal accountability means accepting full responsibility to achieve results and Do It. If you don't Do It, you'll never reap the most valuable benefit of full accountability: Overcoming the obstacles and achieving the results you want. By stopping at any step short of Do It, you will never fully achieve a permanent position Above The Line.

This is one of those few business books that we'll be returning to throughout the year. It's so easy to fall "Below The Line" and blame others for failures and circumstances. Re-reading this gem will help prevent that and keep us Above The Line. 

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