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Edward Muzio
Edward G. Muzio, CEO of Group Harmonics, is the author of the award winning books Make Work Great, Four Secrets to Liking Your Work and Survival Basics for the Information Age.

An expert in workplace improvement and its relationship to individual enjoyment, Muzio has been featured on Fox Business Network, CBS, and other national media, and he has been cited in many publications including the New York Post, the Austin American Statesman, and Spirit magazine. He lives in Austin, TX.

Entries by Edward Muzio

Practice These Phrases to Keep Yourself from Lying

(0) Comments | Posted September 25, 2015 | 6:47 PM

You probably don't think of yourself as a liar. I know I don't.

Overwhelmingly, we consider ourselves honest, forthright, and well-meaning. Unfortunately, research begs to differ. Highly dishonest, ill-intentioned, sociopathic people may make up as much as four percent of the population, a 1-in-25 statistic that should...

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Diversity, Divisions, and the Politics of the Taco Bar

(0) Comments | Posted July 17, 2015 | 10:43 AM

Did you know that a small percentage of people hate cilantro because to them it tastes like feet? Weird, right? But that's just how it goes. Luckily, you live in a society that embraces a variety of perspectives and options for dining. Cilantro is readily available for you to enjoy,...

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Sensible Only in Retrospect: Extracting Useful Advice from the Linear Lie

(1) Comments | Posted May 15, 2015 | 7:30 PM

My internship with Sandia National Labs studying pool fire characteristics, along with my Mechanical Engineering degree from Cornell University, landed me a job in computer chip manufacturing at Intel. While there, I transferred four or five times in ten years. I worked first on manufacturing processes, then on supplier technical...

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Opinions Aren't Facts: Math Doesn't Care What you Think

(5) Comments | Posted April 8, 2015 | 12:35 PM

I almost had a math-induced heart attack. I blame Facebook.

Browsing my feed, I came across one of those "bet you can't solve this math problem" posts. It was a brief order of operations problem, one of those where you have to do the multiplications and divisions before you the...

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Get Bigger, Not Dumber: Tips to Grow Output instead of Bureaucracy

(0) Comments | Posted February 18, 2015 | 5:11 PM

Small organizations and startups proudly tout their size, they boast about how they're more nimble, and they decry the evils of their large, monolithic counterparts. Yet, most of them do so during sales pitches for ultimately the same goal: growth. In the end, little organizations want to be big ones...

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The Internet's Dirty Secret: This Isn't Dialogue

(7) Comments | Posted January 15, 2015 | 2:39 PM

I'm over six feet tall, and I want to complain about it.

I've read blogs and articles detailing the horrific difficulties associated with being racial and ethnic majorities, and minorities. I've read complaints by both genders about their particular difficulties, and claims by various age groups about why their generation...

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Do What You Want Them to Do: Management Lessons from the Toddler Trenches

(0) Comments | Posted November 13, 2014 | 2:21 PM

My toddler, 1 years old at the time, stumbled and fell. Spectacularly.

He hadn't been walking or talking long; he wasn't yet great at either. But I'd let him roam free in a hotel lobby to build confidence. Why not let him stretch his wings in such a giant space...

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Leadership in Real Life: Trade Form for Substance

(0) Comments | Posted November 3, 2014 | 9:08 AM

Sooner or later, they're going to catch you picking your nose.

Well, maybe not. Maybe you'll be fishing your keys out of a storm drain, or talking to your dry cleaner, or sneezing through a hay fever attack. But when you lead people in a meaningful way, you're around them...

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When Social Media Doesn't Matter: Four Reasons to Tune Out Feedback

(2) Comments | Posted September 16, 2014 | 10:35 AM

If I had asked people what they wanted, they would have said faster horses.

Henry Ford didn't actually say this, I know. But I still find it floating across my mind more frequently as we move further into the alleged social media revolution.

Share your comments below....

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Question Authority: A Workplace Imperative

(0) Comments | Posted August 14, 2014 | 12:01 PM

Question authority. Go ahead, ask me anything.

This remains one of my all-time favorite bumper stickers. Someday I'll put one on my own car, for comedic value. I'd also like to hand out boxes of these stickers to executives in my large corporate clients, to post on their office walls....

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The Magnification Effect: Minimizing Your Hidden Cost as an Executive or Manager

(2) Comments | Posted July 11, 2014 | 4:13 PM

The team had worked gathering data and comparing options for months. The selection of this equipment would have ramifications in their production line for a decade - and might make or break their ability to compete in the marketplace. Perhaps more importantly, such a large purchase required approval from their...

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Bring Your Brain to Work

(0) Comments | Posted June 16, 2014 | 5:36 PM

My wife, my infant son, and I arrived at the boarding door, baby in arm and bags in hand. That's when we found ourselves caught in an example of one of the biggest workplace problems of our time.

A little background: We've taken several trips as a family on this...

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Agenda, Behavior, or Mood - What's Driving You?

(0) Comments | Posted May 15, 2014 | 1:07 PM

Take a blank piece of paper (or whiteboard) and draw three circles on it equally spaced apart. Label the first one "Agenda." This is what you're trying to accomplish and achieve at any given moment, be it as broad as your life's mission or as narrow as your goal for...

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Abolish Bureaucracy and Count Real Output

(0) Comments | Posted April 9, 2014 | 9:42 AM

I'm chatting with a young woman at that awkward age of needing adult supervision, but not unless something goes wrong. We're conversing more or less like peers; I'm there as the necessary adult-in-the-house while her father is elsewhere, but we both know that absent a real emergency, I'm her guest....

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Do Something, Do Nothing, or Decide You Don't Care

(0) Comments | Posted February 19, 2014 | 12:48 PM

When I was a kid, we didn't have weather.

That doesn't sound right. I'm pretty sure we had weather. We just didn't talk about it much.

That doesn't sound right either. We had weather, and we talked about it. But we mostly talked about what was falling on our heads...

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Fail Forward Fast: Get Over Being Right and Get On With Getting On With It

(1) Comments | Posted January 7, 2014 | 11:58 AM

I'd like for you to get over the idea that you should be making correct decisions.

If that sounds like a dumb thing to say, consider this: When you're trying to make a correct decision, you've got to incorporate all the relevant data.

"From the...

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How to Get Answers From Your Boss... Without Asking Questions

(0) Comments | Posted October 15, 2013 | 3:20 PM

Have you ever not known what to do next at work?

That's a question I ask often when I'm addressing groups of workers and managers. The answer is always a sort of mixed unanimity: a little vehement nodding and smiling alongside a larger amount of subtle, nearly imperceptible nodding and...

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Use Your Own Brain (Career Advice With Extra Pickles)

(0) Comments | Posted August 28, 2013 | 5:36 PM

I must be getting old, because people are starting to ask for my advice. And not in the "where is the bathroom?" kind of way, either. It's more like "what do you wish you knew back when you started out?"

See? Getting old. And, I might add, less and less...

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Management Isn't a Quest for Scapegoats

(2) Comments | Posted August 12, 2013 | 7:16 PM

"Sometimes, people don't know how to do their jobs."

Recently, a friend and colleague said this to me, and it struck me as so profound that I wrote it on my conference room whiteboard. Since then, I've been thinking about this, and its implications to my work.

When people don't...

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Our Opinions Are Dumbing Us Down

(0) Comments | Posted July 16, 2013 | 5:56 PM

I have friends and acquaintances who for years I've known to be rational, intelligent and competent. Most have careers doing complex sophisticated work. Most have families, and maintain loving relationships with their spouses and children. These people are not stupid, they are not uncaring, they are not belligerent, and they...

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