“C” is for Collaboration

Last night, as I was sitting on the couch with Charlotte, my two year old, watching one of her Sesame Street DVDs, Cookie Monster came on the screen. In this segment, the famous blue monster with an affinity for chocolate chip cookies sang a song titled “C is for cookie, that’s good enough for me.”  As this catchy little jingle stayed stuck in my brain for the next 24 hours, it got me thinking about my first day at Celanese, which I still remember quite vividly.  I arrived before the sun had risen that cool Dallas morning in March 2005, and as I came over the ramp onto 635, before exiting Luna Road, I saw the bright orange “C” illuminating the way to the opportunities that lie ahead. 

Little did I know, that “C” would come to stand for a lot more than just Celanese over the years.  For example, I have learned more about “c”hemistry, “C”hina, and “c”hildren (I now have 4 of them) than I ever thought I would when I set out in my Volkswagen Jetta that day.  However, it’s a new “c” word that has me extremely excited.  “Collaboration” is a key focus of the new corporate mission statement and I am amazed how quickly our teams have embraced the idea of working more together as one organization.

In AI, we have seen numerous instances of the broader organization reaching out to help us achieve both our 2013 targets and Vision 2016.  Just over the last several months I have witnessed some great examples of enhanced collaboration in our business:

However, it wasn’t until I reached out to the other General Managers and to the Sales organization, for examples of collaboration in their areas of responsibility, where I was able to see the true power of what’s currently going on at all levels of the company.   There are more than 25 substantial projects being worked “across BUs” right now that are new as of the last 12 months. 

The breadth of ideas and potential value creation for the company is inspiring.  It doesn’t mean we don’t have a lot of work ahead of us, but driving for a culture where we pick each other up when we are down or try to accelerate when we’re flying high is what “C”ollaboration means to me and I think it’s going to be great for us.

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Scott Richardson is the Senior Vice President of the Engineered Materials division. His world revolves around his wife and four daughters, he’s an avid runner and volunteers at The Resource Center in Dallas, Texas.

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  1. Maria Valehrach says:

    Awesome post, Scott – really genuine and from the heart. You are so right about the collaboration that”s happening around here. I think collaboration and engagement are at an all-time high!

  2. Randy Skattum says:

    Well said, Scott… Having been an active part of these efforts over the last two years in the Acetyls business, as you note, this “C” is growing as a part of our culture and as a part of the value we create.

    From testing AI solutions in formulations for our Emulsions customers to brain-storming with Engineered Materials colleagues on new end-markets to cross-business training sessions on negotiation best practices – our collaboration efforts are creating new commercial solutions for us to explore and to implement.

    As we look into new fields and areas to explore at Celanese – with our customers in mind – we will continue to build on these initial collaboration efforts to bring the best we collectively have from products, knowledge, and services. It certainly will be great for all of us!

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