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You’ve met them in your own life: the influential mentor who made a difference. The public servant whose energy and dedication were an inspiration to all. The business leader who overcame adversity and succeeded in an admirable endeavor. The visionary who drew an entire community or organization together. You may not realize that you’ve also met them in a classic of American literature and cinema. Veteran educator Robert V. Smith adopts the virtues of the beloved and familiar characters from the Wizard of Oz stories, along with the trials and triumphs of their creator, L. Frank Baum, as a road map for personal and professional growth. The magical archetypes of the Scarecrow, the Tin Woodman, the Cowardly Lion, Dorothy, Toto, and the Wizard guide readers—especially those preparing for college and career—to a deeper understanding of lifelong learning, loving, serving, and leading. Smith blends Baum’s fascinating biography and publishing history with practical advice and philosophy drawn from a rich array of sources. Further, the book’s chapters are enhanced with rich video content linked by interactive codes. For seekers and teachers alike, The Way of Oz opens the door to an imaginative, inspiring journey and challenges all aspirants to make a difference in their work and world.
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Robert V. Smith has pursued a career as faculty member and administrator at five research universities in the United States. Currently serving as the chief academic officer at Texas Tech University, he is the author of several professional development books, including Where You Stand Is Where You Sit: An Academic Administrator’s Handbook and Pedestals, Parapets, and Pits: The Joys, Challenges, and Failures of Professional Life. www.thewayofoz.comReview:
“[Smith] offers a way of looking at one’s life based on the qualities shown in the Oz characters, helping to imprint their image in one’s mind in connection with one’s own self-development.” —Sacramento Book Review (Angie Mangino Sacramento Book Review 2012-10-07)
“What makes this book interesting, readable, attractive, and what is most important, useful, is the simplicity of its premise: take a well known work of literature and apply its themes to everyday modern life.” —Bookpleasures.com (John Cowans Bookpleasures.com 2012-09-26)
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Book Description Texas Tech University Press. Hardcover. Condition: Very Good. 0896727394 Crisp, clean, unread hardcover with light shelfwear to the boards, no dust jacket as issued with a publisher's mark to one edge - Nice!. Seller Inventory # Z0896727394Z2