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…
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…
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…
“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…
Walk For Wishes: A Family Outing
This time last year, moving trucks were relocating 300 employees to Las Colinas. However, my son and I were busy doing more important things, participating in the 2012 Walk for Wishes 5K. As we ran past the Urban Towers we waved at the C-ball logo and the new tenant sign welcoming Celanese to the neighborhood. We even saw a few of the trucks making their way around the race.
When I heard that Celanese was sponsoring the Walk for Wishes this year, I was excited to see what had become a personal family tradition for me was now going to be an opportunity to interact outside of the office with my…
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…
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…
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…
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.
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
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…
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…
Unlock Employee Engagement
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:
One of the best parts of my job is working with leaders to engage their employees. While the engagement buzzword has launched thousands of books, conferences and employee surveys, there are simple techniques you can do today to engage yourself and your employees.
You already know what engagement looks like. It’s the extra effort your employees invest to make their team and company a success. It’s the individuals who go out of their way 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…
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…
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…
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…
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…