Toto's Reflections

The Leadership Lessons from the Wizard of Oz
Author: Kevin Fickenscher
Publisher: N.A
ISBN: 9781478718024
Category: Business & Economics
Page: 144
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Running with the Big Dogs! In The Wizard of Oz, Dorothy's Toto was clearly a dog of character. He knew when to sit still, when to bark, and when to make a fuss. He was simply a real dog with real observations about real situations. And the Oz experience reinforced what his parents taught him as a small pup: Care deeply. Bark only when necessary but then, forcefully. Be curious. Express yourself. Embrace the world and have no fears. The story of Dorothy's journey to Oz has captivated generations of children and adults alike since it was first published by L. Frank Baum in 1900. Dorothy's adventures have been analyzed from virtually every perspective-psychological, historical, economic, and the like-except from the perspective of the only other character that was with her every step of the way: Toto! Dorothy's little dog wrote this book and buried his manuscript in a can with an old bone on the original Gale farmstead. Dr. Fickenscher came upon it quite accidently and was given the opportunity to edit Toto's original thoughts on the Leadership Lessons from The Wizard of Oz, which he now shares with you. Of course, there are the usual thoughts on brainpower, heart, and courage, but in this book, there is much, much more. The many lessons of Oz will captivate your imagination and, no doubt, serve as a guide in your quest to become a better leader! Toto's Reflections will help you contribute to making a difference in the world, and challenge you to consider what you can do, starting right now, to make the world a better place!

The Wonderful Wizard of Oz


Author: L. Frank Baum
Publisher: N.A
ISBN: N.A
Category: Adventure and adventurers
Page: 329
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In the first of L. Frank Baum's time-honored Oz novels, country girl Dorothy Gale gets whisked away by a cyclone to the fantastical Land of Oz. Dropped into the midst of trouble when her farmhouse crushes a tyrannical sorceress, Dorothy incurs the wrath of the Wicked Witch of the West. Dorothy is desperate to return to her native Kansas, and, aided by the Good Witch of the North, she sets out for the Emerald City to get help from the legendary Wizard. On her way, she meets three unlikely allies who embody key human virtues—the Scarecrow, the Tin Woodman, and the Cowardly Lion.

The Tin Woodman of Oz

American Literature
Author: L. Frank Baum
Publisher: VM eBooks
ISBN: N.A
Category: Fiction
Page: 182
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Table of Contents Chapter One Woot the Wanderer Chapter Two The Heart of the Tin Woodman Chapter Three Roundabout Chapter Four The Loons of Loonville Chapter Five Mrs. Yoop, the Giantess Chapter Six The Magic of a Yookoohoo Chapter Seven The Lace Apron Chapter Eight The Menace of the Forest Chapter Nine The Quarrelsome Dragons Chapter Ten Tommy Kwikstep Chapter Eleven Jinjur's Ranch Chapter Twelve Ozma and Dorothy Chapter Thirteen The Restoration Chapter Fourteen The Green Monkey Chapter Fifteen The Man of Tin Chapter Sixteen Captain Fyter Chapter Seventeen The Workshop of Ku-Klip Chapter Eighteen The Tin Woodman Talks to Himself Chapter Nineteen The Invisible Country Chapter Twenty Over Night Chapter Twenty-One Polychrome's Magic Chapter Twenty-Two Nimmie Amee Chapter Twenty-Three Through the Tunnel Chapter Twenty-Four The Curtain Falls

Dorothy's Mystical Adventures in Oz


Author: Robert J. Evans
Publisher: Xlibris Corporation
ISBN: 9781469114231
Category: Fiction
Page: 240
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This book is not your average Oz story. It certainly captures the whimsical style of L. Frank Baum and faithfully retains his main characters, however, while the author introduces many new characters he also weaves into the story a most interesting but perhaps controversial philosophy. We feel that Baum might have said some of these things in his time had he dared. (After all, he was a Theosophist), but because of the times he lived in he had to bring his beliefs through in a very subtle way. Having said that, we do think that the spiritual lessons given by this author, although much more obvious in their intent, could be very helpful to a young person just beginning to formulate his or her values. In fact, we venture to say that if children everywhere were to adopt just a few these principles, they would find themselves, as adults, in a vastly improved world, one that would be relatively free of violence (both in the media, and in reality), and perhaps more importantly, free of intolerance. A world where a new sense of honesty would exist -- not only in individual citizens, but in corporate America, and in politics. (An Oz-like reality on earth?) The story itself takes place prior to Dorothy's moving to Oz permanently. Still back in Kansas our heroine is reminiscing on Oz when she begins to feel faint. She is caught up in a terrible vortex not unlike the original twister that first transported her to Oz when she suddenly finds back once more in that magical kingdom. Upon being reunited with her charming old friends the Cowardly Lion, the Scarecrow, and the Tin Woodman, Dorothy soon learns of yet another Wicked Witch, the Wicked Witch of the Deep South, who spends a good deal of her time in a fascinating place called Negativethoughtland where cruel or evil thoughts take on tangible physical form. The Fabulous Four embark on a quest to stop the evil Witch from filling Oz with these repugnant forms and to bring back the beauty and happiness that we all associate with Baum's delightful fairyland. Along the way, we are treated to encounters with various new residents of Oz such as the Fuzzy Yellow Woggle Bugs, not to mention several strange creatures with names like Ticklemonsters, Girrephalumps, and Octapong.... During the journey there is a beautiful sojourn with a community of American Indians, as well as a meeting of the minds with members of a unique club consisting entirely of United States presidents. (Topics covered range from George Washingtons economic system to the importance of education, and of treating one another with respect and dignity.) During the good natured bantering between themselves some of the presidents provide interesting historical information on their lives. Another chapter is devoted to an important meeting with UFO people who represent an extremely advanced civilization. They make some remarkable revelations and speak with great wisdom, but since the dialogue is extensive, younger children could safely skip most of this without losing any of the story.) Following is a brief quotation from this segment to give you some idea of its content: "...You see, beloved friends, it is much easier for you to doubt your abilities, your powers, than it is to try to realize the potentials that lie within you. Accept your challenges of today. Cope with them and be not concerned for the future ... Each of you has tasks before you that you will perform and, if you will allow yourself to flow with the tide, you shall find that these things will come to you in proper sequence. There is a constant flow of energy around your planet. The entire cosmos is energy. We, too, are energy. Swim in it! Feel yourself as a pulsating, living part of the universal energy; feel yourself to be in tune with this energy - to be flowing along with it, in harmony with it. If you become disturbed or distressed, you have stepped out of the flow. If you go against your conscience, you will go against the flow and be pu

The Wizard of Us

Transformational Lessons from Oz
Author: Jean Houston
Publisher: Simon and Schuster
ISBN: 1476728402
Category: Body, Mind & Spirit
Page: 224
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Take the journey of a lifetime with Human Potential visionary Jean Houston as she guides you through mythic Oz to become an essential human for the new world. Learn how to expand your mind, open your heart, and find the courage to connect with your own life journey with The Wizard of Us, an accessible guide to help you envision the world as you choose to create it. With specific and easily understandable exercises and epiphanies, The Wizard of Us harkens to the classic tale and defines the hero’s journey through the skills and internal qualities that live within each of us. If you are seeking a creative exploration of self-understanding, realization, and improvement you will find a connection to the larger world story as you explore Oz like never before. “There’s no place like home” is the call to a profound journey of self-discovery and untapped potential. Dorothy’s journey through a magical land is the key to your own inner-life’s journey and toward becoming the essential human you were always meant to be.

Symptoms of Culture


Author: Marjorie B. Garber
Publisher: Taylor & Francis
ISBN: 9780415918602
Category: Social Science
Page: 273
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The symptoms of culture are the anxieties that underlie modern life: the instability of gender roles, the mysteries of female sexuality, the enigma of authority, the desire for greatness in ourselves and our heroes. From concern over fake orgasms to our worries about Great Books reading lists, from wanting God on our side at sports contests to wanting Shakespeare on our side whenever we want to sound important, we are a walking case of symptoms. Whatever the modern illness may be, the doctor locates the symptoms in a box of Jello or in Charlotte's marvelous web, on the football field or in the bedroom, in our great Mr. Shakespeare, in our classroom or the courtroom, or in a sneeze.

The Making of The Wizard of Oz


Author: Aljean Harmetz
Publisher: Chicago Review Press
ISBN: 1613748353
Category: Performing Arts
Page: 360
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“Fantastic.” Gore Vidal, New York Review of Books “Grand.” Ray Bradbury, Los Angeles Times “Definitive.” Salmon Rushdie, The New Yorker “A fluent, incisive and fair history of life in Hollywood during the golden age of films. The author seems to have talked to everyone with knowledge of what went on at MGM in its heyday. . . . Marvelous.” Publishers Weekly From the ten scriptwriters at work to the scandal headlines of Munchkin orgies at the Culver City Hotel to the Witch's (accidental) burning, here is the real story of the making of The Wizard of Oz. This richly detailed re-creation brings alive a major Hollywood studio and reveals, through hundreds of interviews (with cameramen, screenwriters, costume designers, directors, producers, light technicians, and actors), how the factory-like Hollywood system of moviemaking miraculously produced one of the most enduring and best-loved films ever made. We watch it happen--the bright, idiosyncratic, wildly devoted MGM-ers inventing the lines, the songs; flying hordes of monkeys through the sky; growing a poppy field; building the Emerald City (and 60 other sets); designing and sewing the nearly 1,000 costumes; enduring the pressures from the front office; choosing the actors. Here is Oz, a marvelous, unprecedented experience of studio life as it was lived day by day, detail by detail, department by department, at the most powerful and flamboyant studio Hollywood has ever known--at its moment of greatest power. Aljean Harmetz is the author of The Making of Casablanca, On the Road to Tara: The Making of Gone with the Wind, and other books.

The Four Virtues of a Leader

Navigating the Hero's Journey Through Risk to Results
Author: Eric Kaufmann
Publisher: Sounds True
ISBN: 1622037286
Category: Business & Economics
Page: 280
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Awaken the Courageous Leader Inside You True leaders inspire us with their confidence, dedication, and track record of achievement—but does their success arise from innate gifts, or qualities that we all can develop? “Each of us, no matter what our title or job, can become an effective leader by cultivating the same essential attributes found in the classic hero’s journey,” says Eric Kaufmann. With The Four Virtues of a Leader, this top executive coach presents a must-read guide to help you awaken and amplify the fundamental competencies that every successful leader embodies. Through his interaction and study of some of today’s top executives and innovators, Kaufmann has identified the four cornerstones of good leadership: Focus that combines self-awareness with vision; Courage to move toward what you’d rather avoid; Grit for persevering through fatigue and discouragement toward your long-term goals; and the Faith to overcome doubt and stay fully committed to your work. Here he shares powerful insights and field-tested guidance to help you develop these qualities, including: • Four key questions to keep you on track: What am I creating? What am I avoiding? What am I sustaining? What am I yielding? • How to recognize fear as the gatekeeper to your true power • Employing effective communication and genuine empathy to improve your relationship with your team • Using mindfulness and meditation to instill leadership qualities at the neurological level • Training yourself to consistently make better decisions that always serve your ultimate goals “The hero’s journey challenges you to leave your comfort zone and become a different person—and a better leader,” writes Eric Kaufmann. With The Four Virtues of a Leader, he invites you to embark upon a time-honored path of personal evolution to become the inspirational leader you were meant to be.

The Practice of Adaptive Leadership

Tools and Tactics for Changing Your Organization and the World
Author: Ronald Abadian Heifetz,Alexander Grashow,Martin Linsky
Publisher: Harvard Business Press
ISBN: 1422105768
Category: Business & Economics
Page: 326
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The Practice of Adaptive Leadership will help you think more clearly and execute better in a constantly shifting environment. It offers a comprehensive and systematic approach to candidly assessing the situation and yourself, and then taking action. Its wisdom and advice are drawn from the experiences of people like you, committed to advancing what you care about most. The book is anchored in the framework of adaptive leadership, but goes beyond the theory to provide a practical set of stories, diagrams, techniques, and activities that will help you both assess and address the toughest challenges that lie ahead. Dozens of tools and tactics are presented in an exciting, clear, and reader-friendly design.

The Wizard of Ads

Turning Words into Magic And Dreamers into Millionaires
Author: Roy H. Williams
Publisher: BookBaby
ISBN: 1932226087
Category: Business & Economics
Page: 224
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With the knowledge of a seasoned business consultant and the warmth and wit of a natural storyteller, the Wizard will help you to: • multiply the effectiveness of your advertising • understand the tug-of-war between intellect and emotion • plant a mental trigger in the mind of your customer • create totally new concepts from combinations of old ones • see the opportunities around you • avoid the danger of overchoice • escape the need to advertise ‘Sale! Sale! Sale!’ • find the genius that hides within you • receive the best others have to give • focus your advertising, your business, and your life Along the way, the Wizard will: • share the power of encouragement • talk to you about your Ruby Red Slippers • make you understand how lucky you are • show you how to avoid the mistakes that others have already made • convince you of the need to rest

The Wisdom of Oz

Using Personal Accountability to Succeed in Everything You Do
Author: Roger Connors,Tom Smith
Publisher: Penguin
ISBN: 0143108549
Category: Business & Economics
Page: 160
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Why does the story of Dorothy, the Scarecrow, the Tin Man, and the Cowardly Lion touch us? Like all great entertainment, their journey resonates. We see ourselves in the characters and likewise wish we possessed the power, the brains, the heart, and the courage to make our own dreams come true. So what are your dreams? What do you want? Is it a promotion? Improving a relationship? Rescuing a child? Finding a new job? Saving a marriage? Getting a degree? Finding the love of your life? Making a difference in your community? This book will help you get whatever you consider worthwhile in life. Simply put, when you unleash the power of personal accountability it will energize you in lifealtering ways, giving you a concrete boost that enhances your ability to think, to withstand adversity, to generate confidence, and to increase your own natural emotional, mental, and intellectual strength. Roger Connors and Tom Smith know this because they've seen it work in their own lives and witnessed it in the lives of some of the most successful and influential people in the world. The authors first introduced this powerful accountability philosophy in the New York Times bestseller The Oz Principle. Since then, millions have come to know them as "The Oz Guys" and they have gone on to help leaders all over the world teach and apply the principles you're about to learn. Principles that have generated billions of dollars of wealth--along with a host of even more important results. Devotees of The Oz Principle have brought lifesaving medications to market, created better education in community colleges, greatly surpassed charity fund-raising goals, and improved medical practices in battlefield hospitals. In The Wisdom of Oz, Connors and Smith present the practical and powerful principles of personal accountability in simple, down-to-earth terms that you can apply in your homes, schools, communities, churches, and volunteer groups. The book will help you strengthen family relationships, improve friendships, motivate children, increase value on the job, improve health and financial well-being, or achieve whatever it is you most desire. Drawing on engaging stories about those who have overcome great odds--including South African president Nelson Mandela, Polish WWII hero Irena Sendler, and everyday men and women--Connors and Smith demonstrate that by taking personal ownership of your goals and accepting responsibility for your performance, you also take control of your success. You will read stories about people just like you who learned to beat their struggles, like the New York area fisherman who fell off his lobster boat and was adrift at sea for twelve hours in the chilly Atlantic . . . but survived. You will learn the traits that allowed a college senior who landed flat on her face in a 600-meter race to jump up and win. Or a thirteen-year-old soccer player who moved from the bench to the starting lineup. You will discover that while no one will ever wave a wizard's wand and magically solve all your problems, there is a way to experience the near magical impact of personal accountability.

The Wonder City of Oz


Author: John R. Neill
Publisher: Wonder Publishing
ISBN: 9780929605074
Category: Juvenile Fiction
Page: 318
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After catching a leprechaun in her kitchen, a young girl is granted magical power which enables her to visit the land of Oz.

Ozma of Oz


Author: L. Frank Baum
Publisher: Courier Corporation
ISBN: 0486117561
Category: Juvenile Fiction
Page: 272
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Fantasy and adventure in the fairy land of Ev with Dorothy, Princess Ozma, a wicked Nome King, an enchanted royal family, and more. 111 black-and-white illustrations.

Heart-Centered Leadership

Lead Well, Live Well
Author: Susan Steinbrecher,Joel Bennett
Publisher: BookBaby
ISBN: 0615946607
Category: Business & Economics
Page: 239
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Heart-Centered Leadership is a transformational business book, one that is keenly attuned to the growing awareness of the need for more mindful leaders who realize that self-care and authenticity have a deeply significant impact on the satisfaction and well-being of their workforce and, by extension, the bottom line. Providing a counterpoint to the ethical bankruptcy of contemporary business, Heart-Centered Leadership champions the message that sound ethical practices must begin from within. By the careful application of seven underlying principles and virtues, the authors describe a clear path that sets a course for successful leadership that rises above the confusions and contradictions of other strategies. Richly founded on interviews with leaders, examples drawn from diverse businesses, reference tools, scientific data, and exercises to aid in the actualization of these principles and values, Heart-Centered Leadership goes beyond theory, empowering you to integrate this knowledge into your life. By adopting the principles of Heart-Centered Leadership, you’ll boost over-all profitability by: • Creating emotionally engaged, tuned in employees who are highly motivated to want to do their very best work for you • Creating a workplace that attracts—and keeps—the best and the brightest • Keeping customers and clients satisfied and using your products and services consistently

Out of My Mind


Author: Sharon M. Draper
Publisher: Simon and Schuster
ISBN: 1416971718
Category: Juvenile Fiction
Page: 320
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Considered by many to be mentally retarded, a brilliant, impatient fifth-grader with cerebral palsy discovers a technological device that will allow her to speak for the first time.

The Shaggy Man of Oz

Empty-Grave Retrofit Edition
Author: Jack Snow,Adam Nicolai
Publisher: N.A
ISBN: 9781620890035
Category: Fiction
Page: 288
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When a simple trip to get the Love Magnet repaired goes awry, unlikely companions Twink, Tom, Twiffle, and the legendary Shaggy Man of Oz must get their heads out of the clouds and escape the sappiest romantic drama if they hope to cross the Deadly Desert in time to foil a sinister plan. Tag along with Ruprecht the Castaway King as he spoils Story Time, incites a Whirligig rebellion, gets a taste of infinite power, and inadvertently kicks off the beginning of the end of the world, in Nicolai's 2012 original, illustrated novella. This book contains the original, sixty page, fully illustrated, novella Ruprecht the Castaway King, written by Adam Nicolai and illustrated by Ardian Hoda. The large 6in by 9in format print version, and all the ebook versions, are complete with every drawing from the original publication remastered and presented in crisp high-resolution.

The Way of Oz

A Guide to Wisdom, Heart, and Courage
Author: Robert V. Smith
Publisher: N.A
ISBN: 9780896727397
Category: Education
Page: 259
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"A model for personal and professional development based upon the story and characters of The Wizard of Oz and the life of its author, L. Frank Baum. Discusses the intellectual, moral, and ethical value of lifelong learning, loving, and serving others with humility and a focus on the future"--Provided by publisher.

The Mustard Seed Way


Author: Katrina Mayer
Publisher: iUniverse
ISBN: 0595143199
Category: Religion
Page: 116
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Have you ever been at a point in your life where you think it just can't get any worse, and somehow it does? Did you ever wonder what you could do differently so you never have to feel like that again? THE MUSTARD SEED WAY offers simple suggestions on ways to turn your life around and make it more enjoyable. It is filled with tried and true methods that have worked miracles over the centuries and can work in your life too. Experience this journey through the eyes of someone who has used these methods to change her own life and has seen it work for others. From tragedy to success you can learn the steps to take to genuinely love life again and be truly happy. Find out what you can do right now to make a difference. Following THE MUSTARD SEED WAY will help you see life as you have never seen it before and find the peace and love that you deserve...