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How to Get Engineers and Operators on Board for Your Next System Upgrade

Managing the People Actually Doing the Work Is Key to Getting the Most Out of Your System Upgrades

By Greg McMillan, Stan Weiner

*Stan:* As engineers, we forget sometimes that we are people with egos and mindsets that can make or break a project. The best solution is not always perceived as such. We alluded to the understanding of psychology needed in the June 2012 column, "The Human Factor./articles/2012/mcmillan-weiner-human-factor/" Here, we take a closer look. We are fortunate to have the insight and perspective of Leah Ruder, process systems automation group manager at the Midwest Engineering Center of Emerson Process Management.

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