Business is mostly stranger than fiction as it tends to require us to pre-empt what might occur before it has even done so.
That very fact means that following the yellow brick road isn't really an appropriate strategy as it relies on 'hope' that the destination is fluid.
Think of going driving, you wouldn't set off with a full tank and turn right then left then right again etc and hope that you may ultimately end up in your chosen destination. So why would you do that in business. Why would you choose to just 'do stuff' because you need to show that you are achieving something, anything, just do stuff.....
Too often businesses are so caught up in the 'process'. They focus all their efforts on doing things right, instead of doing the right things.
At the end of the yellow business road though there isn't a wise old wizard who is going to show you the courage, heart and strength that you had all along. In the business world you need to be clear on what you are trying to do. That doesn't mean the detailed plan, but it does mean enough to be able to determine what activities are actually adding value, and how you measure the success of that value.
Don't find yourself trying to constantly pick the 'low hanging fruit' - as in nature this is the stuff that rots fastest so is useful for less time than you can ever imagine.
If you want a long term sustainable business make sure you focus on what makes a long term sustainable difference and if opportunity that fits that bill comes along then take it - but as they say in show business - it only takes ten years to become an overnnight success.
Hopefully with your ruby red shoes when you click your heels you will be able to clearly articulate the dream so you dont need to rely on a wise wizard at the end of a winding road to correct your direction and perception....