211: Ed Muzio: I needed to iterate

//211: Ed Muzio: I needed to iterate

211: Ed Muzio: I needed to iterate

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Ed Muzio was running an industry forum for the first time. While he followed the advice he received he missed a few key elements and the meeting went off the rails. Ed was the one that needed to fix it but he didn’t know how.

Ed has bounced around the country quite a bit.  He was born in New York, grew up in New Mexico, attended university back east at Cornell, and after that his career took him to Phoenix, Portland, Santa Clara, back to Albuquerque, and twice to Austin, which is where he lives now with his wife and little boy.

Ed was raised by an entrepreneur father and a teacher mother.  As a kid, he helped mom prepare her classroom and teaching materials, and he also helped dad run his business and keep things moving productively, from food service to finance.  So, it’s probably not surprising that he ended up founding Group Harmonics, a boutique consulting firm specializing in the psychology, sociology, neurology, and organizational behavior of high-functioning management teams and cultures. In this job, Ed gets to run his business AND be a teacher.

Of course, nobody starts out consulting. Ed first spent nearly a decade working for Intel, during a technology boom that created hypergrowth in the company and the industry.  With his engineering degree, Ed started off in a technical role for high volume manufacturing.  But he pretty quickly realized that, as engineers go, he was a little – different.  He seemed to always be the one in the room paying attention to things like the structure of the meeting, the use of authority, and the effectiveness of communication.  Luckily, hypergrowth creates a lot of opportunity, and Ed found ways to bring those talents to Intel’s growth even as his technical career grew.  Along the way, he connected with and learned from the internal and external experts who were supporting Intel’s unique form of high-functioning management.  Then, in the early 2000’s, he ventured out on his own and founded Group Harmonics.

Today, having run his firm for nearly fifteen years, Ed says that his newest book, Iterate: Run a Fast, Flexible, Focused Management Team may be his best professional legacy so far.  Iterate is based not only on lessons learned in and out of Intel, but also on the background work of Ed’s mentor, Bill Daniels, who consulted for decades to Intel and other high-growth companies.  When he told Ed, “I’m glad you’re writing this book because someone needs to explain all this,” it was a profound moment for Ed’s career trajectory.  Over the years the two have become close personal friends.  Today, Bill is retired, and he and his wife are honorary grandparents to Ed’s little boy.

That little boy, of course, is Ed’s favorite legacy of all.

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Hump to Get Over

Ed Muzio was running an industry forum for the first time. While he followed the advice he received he missed a few key elements and the meeting went off the rails. Ed was the one that needed to fix it but he didn’t know how.

Advice for others

Don’t get to wrapped in the wins and losses, just keep taking every step.

Holding him back from being an even better leader

Time and helping people to abstract things.

Best Leadership Advice

When you see things circling the drain, it falls to you to help.

Secret to Success

Boundaries

Best tools in business or life

My calendar

Recommended Reading

Iterate: Run a Fast, Flexible, Focused Management Team

The Insightful Leader: Find Your Leadership Superpowers, Crush Limiting Beliefs, and Abolish Self-Sabotaging Behaviors

Contacting Ed Muzio

Website: https://www.groupharmonics.com/

Twitter: https://twitter.com/edmuzio

LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/edmuzio/

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2019-02-06T02:30:42-04:00February 6th, 2019|Podcasts|2 Comments

2 Comments

  1. Ed Muzio February 6, 2019 at 12:20 pm - Reply

    Jim’s interview was both broad-reaching and deep-diving. We got as granular as talking about Task Type, and as big-picture as talking about the purpose of management. Really enjoyed my time on your program – thanks Jim!

    • Jim Rembach February 6, 2019 at 2:13 pm - Reply

      Ed, You’re welcome. It was an honor having you on the show. Thanks for helping us get over the hump.

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