The first chapter of the book “The OZ Principle” talks about the culture of victimization that is common in present-day America. Quoting from a variety of sources, it analyzes this culture and its effects on Americans. Victimization is defined as a “responsibility avoiding” syndrome in which participants strive for exposure even as they find people or objects to blame for their difficulties. The Oz Principle is a panacea to most of the victimization problems experienced by the corporate world. It states that “the power to rise above victimizing circumstances and obtain desired results lies within oneself”. The chapter serves as an introduction to the rest of the book, by explaining the ordering of later chapters. It states that the book aims to look at corporate success, and what it takes to achieve it, through a variety of “stories and experiences” of a diverse group of people and organizations.
Two concepts core to the concept of victimization are presented: below the line victimization, and above the line accountability. One represents failure, and the other represents success so that it could be said that “a thin line separates success and failure”. "Below the line victimization" is characterized by “an attitude of helplessness”, blame games and excuses, while "above the line accountability" is characterized by “a sense of reality” and a proactive approach to problem-solving.
In order for organizations or individuals to achieve "above the line accountability", they must “climb the steps to accountability” by taking up the following attitudes:
This step involves identifying and accepting the reality of a situation.
This involves accepting responsibility for realities created for oneself and others.
This step involves changing one’s reality through the implementation of unique solutions to problems without falling back into a “victimized” position when the going gets tough.
This is the final step and involves fearlessly following through the solutions identified in the “Solve it” step.