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Managerial Wisdom from the Journey to Oz

Even the Wizard knew there was little he could do for Dorothy beyond creating an opportunity for reflection and change.

  1. If your boss is the Scarecrow, don't give him a diploma: try to be his brain.
  2. If your boss isn't smart enough to impress you, it's probably because the work isn't about dueling IQs - it's about successfully accomplishing tasks.
  3. When the Scarecrow gets meddlesome, it's time to hit the road.
  4. If your boss is a Cowardly Lion, don't get him a medal: pick your battles wisely and fight bravely.
  5. If your boss won't decide, someone else will.
  6. Sometimes when your boss won't take a stand, there's a good reason - figure it out.
  7. Sometimes when your boss won't take a stand, there's no good reason - then you have to decide if there's a good reason for you to take a stand.
  8. If your boss is a Tin Man, learn to carry an oil can. Simply by anticipating your boss's needs, you can eliminate a lot of the squeaks in your interactions.
  9. Sometimes what seems heartless to you is tough business to the boss. Confusing the two is common - and usually damaging to your ability to act.
  10. Only your boss can build a better boss; only you can build a better you. Even the Wizard knew there was little he could do for Dorothy beyond creating an opportunity for reflection and change.

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