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Collaboration, Enthusiasm, Hard Work: Cultivating A Successful Career Innovation Workshop 

You reap what you sow. The well-known farming metaphor applies not only to a farmer’s harvest but also volunteerism.  Months of preparation and long nights of emails, phone calls, designing, brainstorming, and more all boiled down to two afternoons, my reward: JA’s new independent research project – the career innovation workshop in partnership with Celanese, a company who has graciously and zealously supported JA China. 

May 11, the butterflies in my stomach fluttered with nervousness, anticipation and excitement on that May 11th day. The “what ifs” race through my mind. What if the students and volunteers don’t like the activities or find the other party incredibly boring? What if nothing goes according to plan? My fears ease away as I…

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Improvisation And Innovation – An Intersection Of Personal Passions 

Almost two years ago, Celanese was embracing its transition into a company focused on innovation, collaboration and customer-orientated opportunities; and I was enjoying my own transition into a new role to support that innovation built on strategy, marketing, and – a personal passion – improvisation.

How can I suggest that good business can come from improvisational acting?  Easily.  When we discuss unmet needs of the marketplace and debate possible solutions, we are embracing an unscripted environment where the solution doesn’t exist –quite frankly, we’re making it up as we go.

Strategic thinking, a “Market-Back” perspective, and “Stage Gates” improve the success of innovation development; similarly, there are core elements that make improvisation more successful.  As I outline below, there are three improvisation skills which can…

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Ask Yourself Three Questions When Managing Processes For Productivity And Efficiency 

To effectively and efficiently manage a process, one needs “end to end visibility”.  Too many times, we “compartmentalize” ourselves, do our own little piece, and toss it over the wall to the next person, without seeing the full process or understanding the objective.

I once lead restructuring in one of Celanese’s largest manufacturing facilities. It involved five individuals, three from the same department that had no idea what the other was doing.  Each week, one individual collected quarters…

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Vive La Difference! 

During a recent trip to a Celanese European-sites workshop in Sulzbach, Germany, I had time to reflect on the good fortune I’ve had to visit many sites and enjoy the cultural differences that only a truly global organization like Celanese offers.

Aside from the more popularly accepted and incontestable distinctions (milling in my head whilst sitting in the workshop classroom): the Germans make great cars, the Dutch and the Belgians are incredible linguists, the French and the Spanish are culinary connoisseurs, and all Englishmen wear bowler hats…

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Prioritizing Your Work-Lessons From The Navy Seals 

Typically when our workload increases or timelines shorten, we can easily become overwhelmed and stressed. The ability to prioritize becomes clouded and we run in circles, performing a little bit on each, but never get any single priority complete. Over the past few years, I’ve spent many weeks with former Navy Seals. Regardless of the situation, or location, when they go in to survival mode it’s simple…

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Welcome To CE-Blog 

Good communications are vital to the success of any business. And today’s social media forums present remarkable opportunities to share information between people and groups. This blog is the start of what I believe will be a dynamic ongoing conversation between Celanese and the people and organizations we interact with. We want CE-Blog to be a place where the perspectives of our leaders, the talents of our employees, and eventually the voices of customers and suppliers, will be heard and seen. We look forward to engaging with you on relevant topics of the day and using this medium to its fullest capability including videos, infographics and more…

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Is Losing My Office A Good Thing? 

It is said that one of the greatest agents of innovation is chaotic change. Celanese is full of change these days. We have a new CEO, a new fuels business segment, and new innovative opportunities across all of our businesses. But the biggest driver of innovation, at least for those of us in Dallas, may be the renewed layout of our new headquarters building…

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The Accidental Lobbyist 

As a kid, I was a huge fan of cartoons. To this day, one of my favorites is “School House Rock.” In fact, like many of my generation, I learned most of what I know today about the US government from the song “I’m Just a Bill.” As Celanese launched TCX®, our new technology to make ethanol from natural gas and other hydrocarbons, I have been fortunate to work with members of Congress to explore opportunities to apply this groundbreaking technology in the US…