Soundview Executive Book Summaries

Summaries that Go Over the Rainbow

It was one of those rare occasions when a situation played out perfectly. I was sitting with family over the Thanksgiving holiday weekend, content in that state of satiety where the stomach is full and the dishwasher is humming away in the distance. As we conversed about everyone’s jobs and the state of the economy, the television flickered in the background. Despite the sound being at a low volume, heads turned toward the screen when we heard the familiar strains of “Over the Rainbow” from The Wizard of Oz. One person in the room, who knows I spend my days neck deep in business books, said, “I’m surprised no one’s ever tried to turn that into a business book.” I had the good fortune to smile and reply, “Actually … there’s two.”

And Soundview has summarized both of them! Authors Roger Connors, Tom Smith and Craig Hickman took the unique approach of molding the basic plot of L. Frank Baum’s classic book into a method for achieving results through personal and organizational accountability. That book The Oz Principle was followed by Connors’ and Smith’s Journey to the Emerald City. The latter title focuses on the way to initiate and maintain a culture of accountability.

Unlike a lot of “theme” business books that attempt to shoehorn references to popular culture into an otherwise bland message, The Oz Principle and Journey to the Emerald City use The Wizard of Oz as a well-constructed metaphor for a personal and professional journey. These two titles have remained among the most popular book summaries offered by Soundview. If you’re interested in learning more about them, you needn’t travel over the rainbow. You can visit Soundview online at And while you’re there, be sure to take advantage of Soundview’s special Holiday Offer!

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