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?…
24 Hours To Better Leadership
The first business book I actually read was “What the CEO Wants You to Know.” I remember admiring the way it looked; small and white with a band of red across the bottom. The author was Ram Charan; his name was strong and when I read the book I wasn’t disappointed. In a few sittings, I learned about business metrics, leadership and how to tell a compelling story using simple examples. Of all the business books I have owned, it’s the one that has…
Daily Gratitude Can Bring Out The Smiles In Us All
Thank you. These two little words carry so much power and are sure to brighten the day.
Although we are a global company, it’s easy to show appreciation and embrace an attitude of gratitude – being grateful for others and their part in our daily lives. In our efforts to embrace our changing culture, I encourage everyone to acknowledge the little things every day that we can…
Communicating Change: “Me” Before “We,” Then “Us”
I can’t believe I’m going to do this. I’m about to share my secret weapon for change communications. When I tell you my methods you’ll say, “Right, I knew that all along.” But the real question is, do you apply what you know?
Early in my career, I worked at a heavy-manufacturing plant. We were implementing a new product line intended to improve quality, cost and competitiveness. In one way or another, everyone’s job would change.
The communication team was responsible for delivering a program to help the 2,000 employees support the new product. The changes touched all aspects of…
Short Term Gig To Great Career
January 1989, I had recently graduated from college and moved back to my hometown unsure of my next steps. I had a young family and needed to make decisions quickly. I went in search of a job, l was determined, but was only interested in a short 6-12 month job. Something to pay the bills until I could decide what was next.
A friend introduced me to an HR manager with Hoechst Celanese. I convinced him to give me an…
Three Generations Of Celanese In Mexico
My name is Salvador Sanchez Valerio. I was born on January 20, 1950 in Ocotlán, Jalisco, Mexico. Ocotlán is a city located at the border of the Chapala Lake, the biggest lake in Mexico. My family has been employed by Celanese for three generations. Here’s a brief story of my family as a member of the Celanese Mexico family.
Mr. Jesús Sanchez was born on July 27, 1911, in Concepcion de Buenos Aires, Jalisco, located in the top of the Sierra del Tigre where he used to work as a muleteer.
In 1945, a group of North American entrepreneurs purchased land that used to be a peanut…
The 4 P’s Of Global Leadership
I took my first global management job seven years ago. I had grown up in the Midwest and graduated from a Big Ten university. With the exception of living in Japan right out of college, my work experience was almost exclusively with North American companies. I had a lot to learn fast.
Happily, the last seven years have been the best of my career in part because of our global operating environment. I can’t imagine working any other way. The complexity of the challenges and the opportunity to learn from others is unsurpassed. Working globally, however, isn’t easy. Through trial and error, I have learned…
A Call For More Women Leaders
Throughout my career as a female chemical engineer working in the chemical industry, I have always found navigating the career landscape challenging; and I often wished I was not the only woman at the table — and wondered whether other women felt the same way.
Sheryl Sandberg’s newly released book “Lean In” really clicked with me in this regard. While raising the question: “Why do we have too few women leaders?” she pointed out certain behaviors women have that hold ourselves back. For example, women tend to…
Top Ways To Maximize Your LinkedIn Experience
Taking just a few steps on Linked In can greatly benefit your job and career. Work your way thought this list and you’re well on your way to using this social media tool to your advantage:
- Complete your profile. Fill in your background summary, current and previous positions, your academic backgrounds and contact information. Kudos to those who add more information such as professional honors, organizations and certifications.
- Add a photo. No one wants to be the one with a shadow outline for a profile photo. Add a professional photo, without…
Paying It Forward
I was recently asked to speak at the Women Chemists of Color in Industry Symposium at the Spring American Chemical Society (ACS) meeting in New Orleans. This request caused me to reflect on the theme “Pathways, Progress, and Outlook on the Future, for Women of Color” and what it means to me and my career path. The goal of the ACS Department of Diversity Programs is to “advance diversity and inclusion in the chemical sciences and increase the representation of underrepresented minorities, women, younger chemists, and chemists with disabilities into the science field.” This vision speaks to me in many ways as it provides opportunities to cultivate a diverse community and environment in the chemical industry.
My pathway to chemistry was simple, I became interested in…
China Through The Eyes of Celanese, Or When You Are Not A Foreigner Anymore
I’m writing you from China where I’m first known as a foreigner, then a Westerner, then perhaps a Mexican and, if lucky, as Adrian. I don’t consider this good or bad, it’s just the way it is. As any other country, China has its own cultural nuances.
Years ago, when I got my first full-time job after law school, Celanese exposed me to the idea of thinking — and acting — globally. That was such a revelation. Until not too long ago, Mexican branches of…
My Top 6 Countdown Of Reasons Why I Enjoy Working At Celanese
Five years ago I graduated from the university was determined to start a career in a fast-moving international enterprise with plenty of possibilities for personal development. This was exactly what I found at Celanese. And in my blog, I want to share the Top 6 reasons why I enjoy working for this global chemical company.
- The international environment
Our headquarters is in Texas; however 73 percent of our sales are generated outside the US. I worked for Celanese in China and I enjoy being in regular contact with colleagues from Europe, Asia and US.
- Different businesses and customer industries
Our portfolio comprises commodity and specialty chemicals. In the future, I could have the opportunity of working for a specialty business like
A New Perspective Through The GBS Rotation Program
Everyone who has changed jobs or departments can understand how enlightening it is to suddenly see Celanese from a different perspective.
In the Nanjing Shared Service Center (now GBS), we have been running a Rotation Program that has been designed to broaden peoples perspective as well as develop their technical skills. This is not a new idea by any means, but what is different is we have stuck with the program and have seen how people grow. From an employee who was processing invoices in Accounts Payable, to becoming a supervisor after her rotation, and now moving into a team lead role. Or another employee who left Nanjing as a quiet young graduate and came back more experienced, full of confidence and knowledge in his area. My favorite stories are those candidates who are brave enough to…
Celanese CHAMP Program – The Job That Was Looking For Me
While completing my Masters in economics at Heilbronn University, I knew what kind of a company and position I was looking for: An international corporation which would offer me a challenging and exciting position. A program which would allow me to gain experience across different functions and give me the opportunity to really make a difference even at the very beginning of my career. But where could I find such a job..? Then I saw a job posting from Celanese, something called the “CHAMP Program”…
It’s now been over a year since I joined the Celanese High Associate Management Program (CHAMP) in Germany. The program consists of four assignments in 2.5 years across multiple businesses and functions. During my first assignment I managed an…
Leaders Communicate, And Communicators Lead
This week SmartBrief published a guest blog post about leadership and communication by Gretchen Rosswurm, Celanese’s vice president of communications and corporate social responsibility.
The full post is re-published here for the convenience of Celanese’s audience:
I’m lucky. Having been with a number of Fortune 500 companies, I’ve worked with some incredible leaders. They may not be names you know, but these are a special few who lead and communicate so well they bring people together to achieve amazing things.
From CEOs to supervisors and everything in between, these leaders have a few common communication habits that any of us can take to persuade, inform and encourage teams to be more successful. I’d like to share them with you…
The Job Offer I’ve Been Waiting For: CEO for the Day
In all honesty, what first attracted me to the “job offer” was a chance to do a good deed, to learn a bit about finance, and the wonderful promise of a trip to the Big Apple. Little did I realize how rich of a learning experience I would be receiving. Fortunately I was able to place the winning bid in the silent auction benefiting the Dallas United Way and was in for the greatest and easiest promotion of my life, albeit shortlived.
This year’s CEO for a Day was a trip to New York City to attend the Barclay’s ROC Star conference on May 3 with Mark Rohr,Celanese’s chairman and chief executive officer. The conference is attended by investors from…
Celanese Leadership Program – The Summer Job Of A Lifetime
In a few short weeks, eleven summer interns and five full-time associates of the Celanese Leadership Program (CELP) will make their way to Dallas. They will come from Austin, Ann Arbor, Salt Lake City and Charlottesville. They are chemical engineers, CPAs, mechanical engineers and econ majors. They will hold passports from China, countries in Africa, India, the US and more. They want to be general managers, CEOs or CFOs. They are incredibly diverse. But they share a common objective: they all want to develop their skills and talents to accelerate their careers with the types of opportunities that Celanese can provide.
With Michael Stubblefield, the general manager of our Ticona business, I have the pleasure to serve as the executive sponsor the the Celanese Leadership Program. Our objective is simple: …
Employee Opportunity And Development In Celanese
As an HR professional, people often ask me: “How can I develop my career at Celanese? What are the traits the company truly likes? “
Through my job, I have had the opportunity to discuss this idea of talent with senior leaders. I’d like to share some of their unique insights on talent and what makes a successful manager.
First, what’s the most impressive trait an employee has? I had that conversation with a senior executive once. Here is what he said. “We have many employees who graduated from reputable universities with good professional knowledge. Their second language English is better than mine. All these are good. But what I really like is their passion on the job. I don’t care what…