Lessons Learned on the Beach

The volunteer work we did was relatively simple – sift the sand on the beach through screens to separate rocks, debris and other objects so the former seaside resort town could return to its previous beautiful state. The lessons I learned from touring the town and learning about the catastrophe were more complex.

Approximately 30 minutes after the earthquake, a wall of water between 50 and 60 feet high swept through the town with the type of force I had previously only seen (or imagined) in movies. Sixty-two percent of the towns 4,000 households were…

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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…

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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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