Everything I Know About Communication I Could Have Learned From Country Music
Do you like country music? I used to hate it. Every time it came on the radio, I turned the station. At least I used to until my 16-year-old son started listening to it. That’s been a good thing because now I see how much country music and good communication have in common…
CIIP: Improving The World Through Collaboration
In October, I had the pleasure to participate in a unique event – a great demonstration to see how we give back to our communities. During the closing meeting of the CIIP (Celanese International Impact Program) in Łódz, Poland the three Celanese teams shared their results with representatives of the organizations we supported during this program. In the CIIP, 10 Celanese employees from across the globe spent a month with 3 different non profit groups, working on…
Seventy-Five Years Of People Making The Difference
Narrows, Virginia, is a small town located in southwest Virginia in Giles County with a population of approximately 2,000 people. The New River flows through this town crossing the Appalachian Mountains.
Narrows is part of the Blacksburg-Christiansburg-Radford area which is one of the fastest growing regions in the U.S. The region has been ranked on multiple occasions within the top five areas to raise children considering education, safety and economic development.
The color of the seasons could not be more vibrant around this area. From the bright greens in the Spring, through the orange and red leaves in Autumn, to the white scenery that brings the snow fall during the Winter.
A river, mountains and several hiking trails are also neighboring scenery to the world largest…
What My Drive To Work Taught Me About The Internet Of Tomorrow
It is not uncommon for my conversations with Gen Xers and Baby Boomers to touch on the idea that technology might hamper our ability to connect with others.
I guess it is because I work in enterprise Information Technology (IT). Conversations tend to shift toward technology and a lot of people only see the consumer side of the industry – a side dominated by social media. It’s probably natural to wonder why everyone seems to be focused on a smartphone instead of physically interacting with the world around them. It’s like talking about the weather –a topic none of us will really disagree on.
“Yes, it is hot outside.” “Yes, two kids might stand next to each other and communicate via text message instead of actually talking.”…
Celanese Collaborates With Industry For Greater Transparency
Our industry is changing rapidly. Not surprisingly, we’re being shaped by significant social, environmental and economic forces. Our goal is to be at the forefront of these innovative and transformative changes that will result in more transparency and openness within our industry and with the public.
Working with the American Chemistry Council (ACC), Celanese and others have undertaken an ambitious project to partner with and educate stakeholders with a direct interest in the safe use of chemical ingredients. Together we have built ties with direct customers, competitors, manufacturers, retailers and consumers. We want to help them make…
Learning The Value Of Values: An Intern’s Perspective
When we started working on the Celanese Values Challenge, a two-week competition we hosted at our company headquarters in Dallas, we set out with a charge: to educate Celanese employees about our new values so they could internalize and connect with them. We expected employees to learn about our values by participating in the challenge; however, in the end, we realized how much we had internalized those values ourselves.
Our managers demonstrated to us how much they valued Employee Growth, one of Celanese’s six values, by giving us the responsibility of not only coming up with the idea of a competition from scratch, but also finding creative solutions to implement every step of the way no matter what roadblocks we faced. When push came to shove, we learned…
How Curiosity And Collaboration Helped My Growth And Development
Curiosity is a good thing, especially when it comes to personal growth and your career! Last year I asked colleagues and customers to consider providing me feedback for my year-end review. It was a bold move, but I was interested in what they would say and how I could improve. You see, my role is unique on the global communications team. I am responsible for the Celanese intranet and manage the editorial calendar. On a daily basis, I work together with team members in Budapest, Frankfurt and Shanghai to share company news. Based on their feedback, I was challenged to consider working on some non-Dallas projects and learn from my colleagues in other regions. So, I prepared a summary to share with my boss.
I have always had a healthy fear of performance reviews, but with our new approach to employee performance, I was optimistic that this year’s discussion would ease my discomfort. During my review…
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…
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…
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…
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…
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…
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…
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…
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…
Calling All Bloggers…
Want to blog for us? Have an interesting story to tell that relates to Celanese or the chemical industry? We would love to share your perspective!
As we approach the two year anniversary of the Celanese blog, we are looking for ways to expand the topics and readership. We have had more than 80 bloggers and posted 110 blogs since inception. If you would like to join us in making the next two years an even…
Chemical Engineering Students Partner With Celanese To Produce Video On The Romance Of Chemistry
When you think of chemistry, the first thing that comes to mind is science. However, a group of chemical students from South East China University of Science and Technology (SECUST) gave a different answer – chemistry is romantic!
This is the second year that Celanese has participated in the National University Chemical Video Contest, this time partnering with Mumian Pie (Kapok pie,) a team of three SECUST chemical engineering students. The contest is jointly organized by…
“Common Goals – Sporty Achievements”: The JP Morgan Corporate Challenge
The JP Morgan Corporate Challenge is the world’s largest corporate run with approximately 68,000 employees participating from more than 2,000 companies. The event is so large, that the entire downtown area of Frankfurt, Germany closed on June 12th to host the run.
More than 200 Celanese employees from Europe participated in the event under the slogan “Common goals – sporty achievements.” Celanese employees from across Germany, the Netherlands, and this year for the first time, seven colleagues from Lanaken, Belgium, participated in the run.
Today’s blog captures the thoughts of those seven colleagues who would like to share their personal impressions of the biggest event for Celanese employees in Europe…
“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…
Using LinkedIn To Start Or Strengthen Your Connection With Celanese
If you’re active on social media you may have noticed that Celanese has amplified its presence on Linked In with a refreshed company page and a more robust special interest group, Celanese | Current and past employees.
The refreshed company page is the go-to for information on open career opportunities at Celanese sites around the world. Additional information includes background on the company’s strategy, areas of focus and significant corporate announcements. Benefits to clicking on the “follow” button include…
Site Video Series: Asia Office Visit – Shanghai Style!
If you’ve never been to Shanghai Commercial and Technology Center (SCTC), watch this video and follow our guides Michelle and Larry for a tour of the Shanghai office building. Enjoy Shanghai Style!
Site Video Series: A Visit To Budapest
Hello and greetings from Budapest! We are happy to introduce Celanese Hungary as the next feature in the video series introducing our administrative offices around the world.
We are glad to show you our beautiful city and the Budapest Business Services Center. You are more than welcome to leave your comments – enjoy the video!
Diana and Robert
Site Video Series: Introducing The Sulzbach Office Building
Hallo, as we say in Germany, Matts cool blog inspired us to show you around in our Sulzbach office building. I had a really good time during my internship at Celanese. It was great to meet so many nice people. I wish you all the very best and hope you enjoy my video,
Site Video Series: An Intern And His Journey To His Next Meeting
As an intern, I have had a unique chance to see a new organization and a different way of doing things. It has also provided me with the chance to meet lots of interesting people. The culture here is very different than what I experienced in the commercial banking world prior to grad school and I have enjoyed the change (jeans, break rooms etc.). One common theme that I’ve found in meeting with several people from the company, when I’ve asked them about what excites them the most about working here, is how they enjoy the people and culture. Hearing that has been a real positive in my discussions as has been the chance to experience the culture here and work alongside a group of people driven to succeed.
Celebrating Celanese Employees Via Facebook
Celanese launched its Facebook page in 2012 to show the people and culture behind the leading chemical technology brand. Considered official company communication, Celanese employees are encouraged to visit it and add news about their professional and community achievements. Those doing business with the company or interested in employment can find in it company insights that supplement business, trade and financial news.
Many times the information found in Facebook postings on the Celanese page can’t be found on the company intranet or website, and is exclusive to this social media channel. However don’t expect to find any financial or business announcements in these postings; those announcements will continue to…