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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 240 pages
  • Publisher: McGraw-Hill; 1 edition (June 7, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0071622098
  • ISBN-13: 978-0071622097
  • Product Dimensions: 8.7 x 6.3 x 0.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 14.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,134,646 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Edward G. Muzio is the author of the award-winning book Four Secrets to Liking Your Work: You May Not Need to Quit to Get the Job You Want (FT Press, 2008), and of numerous other articles and refereed papers regarding business effectiveness. An expert in workplace improvement and its relationship to individual enjoyment, Muzio has been featured on "Fox Business News," BNET, "The Michael Dresser Show," and other national media; he has been cited in many publications including The New York Post, SHRM Consultants Forum and Maxim magazine.

Mr. Muzio is President and CEO of Group Harmonics, a seasoned speaker and instructor, and a leader in the application of analytical models to the improvement of human performance. With clients ranging from single life coaches to Fortune 500 giants, he educates and advises workers and leaders at all levels. Prior to founding Group Harmonics, Mr. Muzio was President and Executive Director of a human services organization, and a trainer and developer of leaders at Intel Corporation and the Sematech technology consortium. His accomplishments include leadership of a worldwide technology infrastructure program, a nationally-recognized engineering development organization, and a local community outreach startup program.


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Ed Muzio's mantra is "More Output, Less Stress." He is CEO of Group Harmonics and author of Make Work Great (McGraw-Hill, 2010) and Four Secrets to Liking Your Work (FT Press, 2008), both of which won the Award of Excellence from the International Society for Performance Improvement, a professional association that requires a measurable result for organizational performance improvements.

Ed has been called "one of the planet's clearest thinkers on management practice." He is a leader in the application of analytical models to group effectiveness and output. Originally trained as an engineer, he has started organizations large and small, led global initiatives in technology development and employee recruitment, and published articles and refereed papers ranging from manufacturing strategy to the relationships between individual skills and output.

Ed's analytical approach to human productivity has been featured in national and international media, including CBS News, Fox Business News and The New York Post; he is a regular guest on CBS. With clients ranging from individual life coaches to the Fortune 500, he serves as an advisor and educator to professionals at all levels, all over the world.

Prior to founding Group Harmonics, Ed was President and Executive Director of a human services organization, and a leader, mentor, and technologist within Intel Corporation and the Sematech consortium.

A Cornell University graduate, Ed's accomplishments include the creation and stewardship of a worldwide manufacturing infrastructure program, a nationally-recognized engineering development organization, and a non-profit organization providing residential services to at-risk youth in his home town of Albuquerque, NM.

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I highly recommend you check it out.
Glenn C. Hughes
Bottom Line If you're an individual contributor who's willing to do your part, Make Work Great will help you transform your own working environment.
Walter H. Bock
Make Work Great takes the overwhelming and makes it simple and obvious.
Roy White

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Steven J. Ovecashier on June 15, 2010
Format: Hardcover
In my thirty plus years as a trainer and consultant to leaders in a variety of companies, I have been constantly asked to recommend books that could help someone be a better leader or manager. Before now there has not been a single book that captures what I consider to be most, if not all, the essential keys to success. I have used these tools, taught these tools and, to have them all in one place, it is like getting a handbook to professional and organizational success.

Steve Overcashier
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Copart, Inc.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Walter H. Bock on July 30, 2010
Format: Hardcover
My mom would have liked Ed Muzio. Whenever I complained that I was bored, mom would fix that mom-look on me and ask, "Whose fault is that?"

Well, if you're complaining that the place you work is rotten, awful, and mind-numbing, Ed has a question for you: "Whose fault is that?"

Actually, he doesn't ask that question, but Part 1 of the book is titled "It starts with you." And the first chapter is "You ... as the seed."

Make Work Great: Super Charge Your Team, Reinvent the Culture, and Gain Influence One Person at a Time is the book that will show you how you can be the seed of change that transforms your working environment. Big promise, eh?

The book will deliver on the promise, but you have to do your part. One important part is that you must start at the beginning and go through the book from front to back.

Do the exercises. Yes, I mean it. They're easy to do and they will help you get value from the book. They're also cumulative. The exercises in chapter 2 build on the exercises in chapter 1, for example.

Here's what you'll find when you work your way through this book. It's designed as a Prologue, followed by three sections of three chapters each.

The Prologue bears the subtitle, "Choose to Choose" and sets the stage for the book. It makes that case that you and I are often driven by things besides considered choice. We also make some common mental errors that most other people also make.

That's why as Ed Muzio says on page 6: "You must start by making a conscious choice to drive the culture around you, rather than be driven by it." If you're not willing to make the choice, don't buy the book. You'll be wasting your money.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Roy White on June 15, 2010
Format: Hardcover
Make Work Great takes the overwhelming and makes it simple and obvious. Using the techniques in this book any person can change the culture of their workplace, to make it great. The author, Ed Muzio, masterfully distills a hugely complex and intimidating subject, rendering it into a simple practical guide on how to change an organization's culture. No pomp and circumstance, just a practical step by step guide that really works. The approach outlined in this book will be particularly important in the era of social and professional networking.

The book itself is a quick read with high ROI - learn how you can become a culture builder from any role in any organization. I wish I'd had this book earlier in my career.

Roy White, Director of Operations
Semiconductor Capital Equipment Company
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Format: Hardcover
Last week I received my copy of Ed Muzio's new book, "Make Work Great".

I'm a big fan of Ed's work (writings, videos, and presentations), because he's one of the few thinkers out there who is trying help individuals build a bridge between great tools and productive relationships.

Also, because he's a great guy who happens to be a friend. Full disclosure: I acted as one of the 'peer reviewers' for "Make Work Great" last summer. I'm also the instructional designer for the companion one-day workshop.

Ed's 'Overtness' framework - which combines overtness of task (purpose, impact, incentive, progress, resources, and capability) with overtness of relationships (clarity, questions, approach, and agreement) - is a powerful tool. This framework helped me look at what I do and how I interact in a new light.

I've seen multiple groups (in my company and outside) react to this material with appreciation for the usefullness of the tools and appliations.

Ed's goal is to increase output - while reducing stress - in the workplace. This book points us in the right direction. I highly recommend you check it out.
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By Terry B. Sullivan on June 21, 2010
Format: Hardcover
Should be a "must read" for anyone contemplating starting up a new business as well as for CEO's and leaders in established corporations. How you go about molding the culture of the organization tells a lot about its management, people and the company's `staying power.' Ed's book really stops and makes you think about something up front that is EXTREMELY difficult to modify or change down the road. Excellent read!

Terry B.Sullivan
Dir. Production
MemPro Ceramics, Inc.
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By Gabriel A. Hill on June 15, 2010
Format: Hardcover
Ed Muzio has a fresh perspective on the current workplace and its impact on an individual's productivity. Better understanding your role in the workplace and how you impact the greater culture can dynamically change your long term career path. Ed provides a clear, concise explanation on how you can improve your work experience and ultimately increase your performance making you a more valuable asset to your organization.
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