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A real CHASE for team spirit 

Even though the great Chase Run 2014 event was several weeks ago, I still have fond memories of watching all the runners show up to the after party wearing their fun shirts that said “Ich bin …”(“I am…”).  We have quite a creative team — as well as a confident team –based on the words and phrases that were written and worn during the race.

This was my first big event with Celanese, and it was great to see so many participants from all over Europe — and even one from…

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We’re All Part Of The Celanese Brand 

I recently read an article “Your CEO Is Part of Your Brand, Whether You Like It or Not”. The article described how a CEO’s actions or comments can have an impact on a brand’s perception.

The article made me think:  the CEO is the most visible reflection of a company’s brand, but they are not the only one who impacts a brand.  We all reflect Celanese; whether it is with customers, suppliers, our communities and with each other.

Wait, don’t only customer-facing employees represent our brand?  The reality is in…

Celanese Life

Finishing Together – Team Spirit Found 

It was a beautiful summer evening in Germany. A helicopter soared over skyscrapers, broadcasting from one of the world’s largest races, the JP Morgan Chase Corporate Challenge. Crowds gathered together with a contagious excitement with the aim of promoting wellness in the workplace. 71,000 participants filled the downtown Frankfurt streets for a memorable 3.5 mile run.

Taking everything in, I looked over at my colleague, Eszter and reflected on when we first met. Just one week before, there she stood at the airport gate welcoming me with a…

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Do You Do Windows? 

Shortly after Mark Rohr joined Celanese we began to discuss our culture. We did surveys, sensing groups and had several global teams work on our vision, mission and values. Ultimately we had consensus and established an “enhanced” set of organizational values. As you walk through the offices and plant sites, you can see these colorful posters hanging on the walls. Our “Employee Growth” is defined as “Make Celanese a rewarding place to work with growth opportunities that allow employees to reach their fullest potential.” But what does that really mean anyway?

From my experience (as an employee and supervisor), here are the fundamental elements that lead to highly-effective employee growth…

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How Can We Add Value and Grow with the Company? 

I remember the exact moment I knew that to be successful, I had to grow faster than my company and the industry I was working in.  I had just taken the top human resources (HR) job for one of the fastest-growing business units in a global technology solutions company. I was joining HR after a career in research and development so my learning curve was steep.

I had to set myself on a growth path to learn and lead  . . . ahead of the business.  And, this business was destined to grow from $1 billion in revenue to $9 billion in revenue over four years – all organically.  So, needless to say, I had to get busy.  In the end we had great success, and I emerged four years later a better leader. How did I do it?…

Celanese Life

A workday more fun than a barrel of monkeys 

I read about the Kobelt Zoo in the newspaper. I was impressed that admission to the zoo – now almost 100 years old – is free, and that the employees there work on a voluntary basis.

Since I also found out that the zoo currently has problems in meeting requirements by the local authorities, I thought it would be a good candidate for support through the Celanese Social Day. The Celanese Global Communications team immediately agreed and many of my colleagues were also excited about the idea. So in April of this year, me and a team of 33 colleagues set off for…

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Operate Responsibly: a common mission of all Celanese facilities 

Honesty, openness, integrity and doing what is right is how we describe being a responsible company.  These basic principles guide how we act on a daily basis with regard to the community, our employees and the environment.

At the Bishop site in south Texas, we are very fortunate to have an excellent relationship with the local community, one which has been earned over the past 68 years. Quarterly community meetings are conducted to review the site’s major activities and address any concerns that may exist. Here are some examples of…

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The last 10% makes all the difference 

It just so happens that this is the right time to give my 14-year-old son the “last 10% speech.”  Anyone who’s been around a young teenager knows, they simply don’t understand what it means to get something done…completely done, leaving no strings, or mess left over. As your children learn to be responsible, and even begin to do their chores, and even help others (wow!), there is still one last instruction to give.

It is that no matter how much the 14-year-old thinks he has done, what matters is that he has finished the job.  Or better yet, that he has solved or performed a task to his parent’s liking. The only thing parents see is the last 10 percent of the effort.  For example, he may have gotten his own juice glass then the juice from the refrigerator, poured it, drank it, returned the juice to the fridge, and…

Celanese Life

Young experts behind the scenes: Boys’ Day 2014 in Sulzbach, Germany 

When you are at the age of eleven, you really don’t spend that much time philosophizing about what you want to be when you grow up. The German Boys’ Day and Girls’ day events are a perfect opportunity for all these open, young minds to gather first-hand ideas on their plans for the future. Founded for the girls in 2001, and for the boys in 2011, respectively, this annual event is designed to allow boys and girls from grades five to 10 the great chance to gain insight into companies, institutions and organizations and what exciting jobs they have to offer.

In Sulzbach, we hosted 12 super-curious boys ages 10 to 14 and made them dive into the world of…

Creating Customer Value

Are you glocal? How we’re creating customer value 

Celanese wrapped up an incredibly successful Chinaplas® (Asia’s biggest plastics trade fair) exhibition in Shanghai last month.  I won’t know the final count of visitors and meetings for a little while, but based on the latest information, there were more than 2,000 visitors to the booth, over 60 scheduled meetings and countless ‘on-the-spot’ information exchanges.  Our engineered materials, Clarifoil and EVA teams were certainly busy.  A common theme for the show was how Celanese is helping create customer value.

One of the most exciting announcements we had during the show was Celanese’s plan to begin…

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They said it couldn’t be done 

Two years ago this month, we launched the Celanese Blog (CE Blog). Some people were anxious about discussing issues openly and honestly. But I wanted to hear from you; and I wanted you to be heard.

Our first blog tackled controversy head on. Ryan Morrison wrote Is Losing My Office a Good Thing? sharing his thoughts about the transition we were making from offices to an open space environment at the headquarters in Dallas. This change wasn’t popular. Yet he embraced the topic and challenged the water cooler talk.

In A Call for More Women Leaders Lu Zhang encouraged women to take on…

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The Corporate Vision In and Outside Your Box 

The parroted corporate vision sounds exciting, but as an employee, how will it affect me? This is a common question heard at the water cooler in many companies.

A vision — defined with future-oriented strategy — is a picture of what an organization could and should be. It appears to be far away from what we do on daily basis, but what every employee does daily will help shape the company’s future and help realize this vision.

Vision is not just a “pie in the sky” idiom we hear so often, but it’s everyone’s responsibility to…

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A Little Creative Tension is Fun! 

If you didn’t run away from the title, you’re probably still thinking, “Come on!  Really?” or something along those lines.  But, really, it is fun, and if you stay with me for a few more minutes, I’ll show you why.

“Creative tension” or “healthy tension” is the catch-phrase of the day.  It refers to the tension that forms as a result of different groups or people trying to achieve the best result while going about it in different, sometimes disagreeable, ways; and that can lead to tension or conflict, which ultimately results in a more creative solution.

I’m in the Global Sales organization for Celanese, and I can tell you that we have our fair share of…

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How can your social network help Celanese? 

In today’s social media world of Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn, the personal networks are vibrant for everyone; and this vibrant network, when used by our employees, can also be used to drive new growth avenues for Celanese. 

We are in the business of solving customer problems by driving “the chemistry inside innovation” at our customers.  We also serve every industry that one can imagine.  We are in paints, we are in housing, we are in cars, we are in medical equipment, and we are in human bodies.  This diversity of applications and uses of our products provides an avenue for…

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Putting a European face on the Celanese vision, mission and values 

Some time ago, Celanese put its global vision, mission and values into an amazing, visually appealing original painting.  This was adapted in the different geographic regions of Asia and Europe. Shortly after the painting was formulated, our Celanese Asia colleagues also painted a beautiful picture reflecting the company’s global vision, combined with its Asian culture.

As employees in the European region were tasked with leading the effort of creating the visual representation of our vision, mission and values, we found it difficult to come up with…