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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.

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

(0) Comments | Posted November 13, 2014 | 3:21 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 | 10:08 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 | 11:35 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 | 1:01 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 | 5:13 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 | 6:36 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 | 2:07 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 | 10:42 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 | 1:48 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 | 12:58 PM

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 | 4:20 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 | 6:36 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 | 8:16 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 | 6:56 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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Three Clues Your Group Is Dumb (And How to Fix It)

(1) Comments | Posted June 12, 2013 | 4:52 PM

The research is clear: Groups working together in the right ways to solve shared problems produce clever, rational, highly intelligent solutions, surpassing what the individuals could have generated alone. Groups working together in the wrong ways on shared problems produce irrational, impractical, downright dumb solutions, worse than what solitary members...

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Change Your Corporate Culture -- Without Nagging

(0) Comments | Posted March 19, 2013 | 6:00 PM

Our new house has a breakfast bar just after you walk in the front door, tempting you to drop anything you're carrying as you enter the house. Since a mess of keys, magazines and toys there is visible, ugly, and in the path of spray from the kitchen sink, it...

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My Thank You Letter to Bill Gates... and Why It Pertains to You

(0) Comments | Posted March 8, 2013 | 6:57 PM

So I'm sitting here at SXSWedu, waiting to hear Bill Gates deliver the closing keynote and pondering a question my wife asked me this morning: Are you going to talk to him afterward?

My first instinct was to say no. I know he'll be barraged with fans after...

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The Most Important Skill You Have But Ignore

(9) Comments | Posted January 20, 2013 | 1:00 AM

If my writing has been a bit sparse lately, it's because I've just completed an interstate move. Predictably, a bit of chaos ensued as I transitioned office, home and family from Albuquerque, N.M. to Austin, Texas. My active client roster at the office and our infant at home -- sources...

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Evolved Leaders Beware: Employee Engagement Can Be a Trap

(0) Comments | Posted November 20, 2012 | 2:01 PM

Engaged employees work harder, produce more, lead happier and more fulfilled lives, and create better societies. They thrive at work, at home, and in life. Lucky for your employees, you're sophisticated enough to grasp this, and evolved enough to want to create it for them.

Actually, that may not...

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Quit Screwing Up The Internet: Three Behaviors to Stop Right Now

(0) Comments | Posted August 31, 2012 | 2:03 PM

You're a complex, intelligent individual who stands at the forefront of an extraordinary change in our civilization. Your daily choices have an unprecedented level of influence over how members of our society will interact with each other over the decades to come. You're in position as one of the constructors...

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