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Making Culture Concrete: Inspiring Output & Accountability

  • June 27, 2015
  • 10:00 AM - 1:00 PM (PDT)
  • 1950 Franklin Way, Oakland (Kaiser Building)


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Join us face-to-face for lunch and a presentation from Ed Muzio!

Making Culture Concrete: Inspiring Output & Accountability

“THEY” will never fix it for you!  “Workplace culture” is a collection of precedents created in the past, applied to the present.  Your choice, to follow existing patterns, or create new ones, never changes.

Any group of people attempting to partner or collaborate is essentially a human system.  Within that system, both individual and group interactions are necessary to produce outcomes, achieve results, and add value. Such systems evolve what Edgar Schein called “patterns of shared basic assumptions” about how to achieve results. Over time, these patterns become embedded in the group and are collectively given the label of “culture.” Much of the frustration and ineffectiveness inherent in today’s organizations is attributed to ineffective or problematic cultures, that is, to patterns of activity which are inadequate or mismatched to the challenge of producing results. But how do you fix this?

The answer is not to wait for a magic force or external leader to make changes from on high.  Rather, it lies in influencing the default patterns of behavior into alignment with the principles of systematic design; such principles then automatically create the most effective group activity.   Award-winning author Ed Muzio shares how to use a systems model to define and practice culture-changing behaviors that drive focus on results and ownership – output and accountability!  Results are both immediate and long term, and those engaged in the training and education of others will find value both in Muzio's content and his multimedia methodology.

About Ed: Ed Muzio is the author of the award-winning books Make Work Great (McGraw-Hill, 2010) and Four Secrets to Liking Your Work (FT Press, 2008). He is a leader in the application of analytic models to group effectiveness and individual enjoyment. Originally trained as an engineer, Ed 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, Fox Business News and The New York Post; he is a regular guest on CBS Interactive.

With clients ranging from individual life coaches to the Fortune 500, he serves as an adviser 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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