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How to Improve the Adoption Rate of New Technology Remove Barriers to Technology Adoption by Listening to the Users. Situation: Salt Lake County wanted to increase the user adoption rate of a new ERP that they had recently implemented and to improve productivity after they ramped up. Approach:...

Photo by Matthew Wisniewski, GLBRC

Novacrea recently helped the Great Lakes Bioenergy Research Center (GLBRC) conduct an organizational survey for its members, who include researchers, graduate students, post-docs, and staff. I caught up with Dan Lauffer, Chief Operating Officer at GLBRC, and Catherine Carter, Operations Process Manager, after completing the survey. Here's our interview, edited for length.

Pi Wen: Could you tell us a little bit about the Great Lakes Bioenergy Research Center, its mission and the activities that your members engage in?

Dan: The Great Lakes Bioenergy Research Center is one of three biological research centers funded by the Department of Energy, with a mission of conducting basic research that generates technology to convert cellulosic biomass to ethanol.

Sailing in San Francisco. Photo Credit: Galileo55 on Flickr Creative Common Last week, we discussed the importance of making micro-adjustments at the helm, sailing in the wind, and changing target if we want to continue sailing in the wind to reach our destination. Read Sailing and Leadership Lessons: Part 1. This week, we’ll examine two additional leadership lessons gleaned from my sailing trip with my friend Rob. If you want to change direction, you have to make sure both crew members manning the ropes on the port and starboard are ready before making a sweeping change.

Last night I attended The Commonwealth Club Inforum’s event that honored Dave Eggers, founder of 826 Valencia, founder and editor of McSweeney's, and a renowned author. Dave was awarded Inforum’s 21st Century Visionary Award for his humanitarian work in helping children with their writing skills as well as to get access to college education.

Image by Fellowship of the Rich via FlickrThis is an article I wrote two years ago, it’s still relevant today! Times are tough these days. But there are a few things you can do to engage your employees and prepare your company for future growth when the economy recovers. A key factor in maintaining or improving your employee engagement is through effective employee communication. Our employee research shows that employees want to feel valued by their company. Employees want to be involved in their work and want to understand their company's direction, mission, and vision. In addition, employees want to have the necessary information to do their work, such as operational processes and product information, in a timely manner. For example, customer care employees need to know the launch of a new product before their customers learn about it from promotion materials. You can increase employee engagement at your organization through these action steps:

Image by _Hdock_via Flickr I am in the process of revamping my website, so I’m transferring some of the articles I wrote to this blog. These are oldies but goodies! I wrote this one three years ago when many companies were laying off workers. It is as applicable then as it is now, with updated data from the Conference Board. The latest Conference Board Employment Trends Index (ETI) for August 2011 is 100.8, down from July's revised figure of 101. The August figure is up 4.1 percent from a year ago,but still lags behind the August 2008 index of 109.3. Recent news such as that of Bank of America and BAE Systems indicate that many companies may plan to layoff workers in this weak economy.

One of the characteristics of a best employer is to listen to employee input regularly and to solicit employee feedback before making any major changes. Likewise, before implementing major rezoning changes to a community, you want to get input from your community stakeholders such as the residents and businesses. San Francisco’s Japantown did just that before implementing a rezoning strategic plan. A team of ASTD Golden Gate Chapter's Community Outreach Program (COP) volunteers designed and facilitated the first of three large-scale community meetings in Japantown last Wednesday. The City's Planning Department and the Japantown Organizing Committee had developed a set of recommendations for revitalizing Japantown. This meeting was aimed at getting the community’s feedback and input to these recommendations.