I don´t have time for staying fit. It is to time consuming. That is a typical excuse I hear very often. And actually, at the current period of time it is really not an easy one because work-life-blending hasn´t been as intensive as yet. Nevertheless, with good time management and some willingness it could still be possible to find at least a little gap to exercise. For example, it needs just an 8 to 10 min High Intensive Interval Training (HIIT) to reach a significant effect on your body fitness. Right, just 10 min! Imagine you would implement it in your daily morning routine. It literally wouldn´t affect your timetable but your fitness significantly. Currently I place it in my lunch break. Today I did two Tabata rounds of box jumping with 1 min rest in between. Tabata stays for eight 20/10 cycles (20 sec exercise/ 10 sec rest). So, one round is 4 min of training. If you gained interest, you will find plenty of training examples for HIIT (e.g. like Tabata) on YouTube. And never forget, staying fit can help you to perform well in business life as well. Just imagine a very long and intensive negotiation meeting. A good fitness will help to stay concentrated and can make the difference. Keep fit!
Before lunch break Christian Trassl, Technology Leader Foams based in Darmstadt, and I had an exchange on our performance foams project portfolio and synergies with our activities in Marl. Christian is our, or let me say the R&D expert on plastic foams at Evonik. Actually, he is also frequently approach from externally for his expert opinion. For me, not having much experience on foams yet, these meeting are always a great learning. Thank you Christian!
And you might have recognized at the picture, my early bird son is taking a nap. Thats the easy way of child care during a business meeting.
#buildingbridges? What is meant by this? From my point of view this hashtag describes our department, and also me as a person, quite well. Communication forms bridges between many different topics, as we guide Evonik forward. In the areas of Technology Leaders, Technical Centers, and Future Markets & Applications, we build bridges from existing solutions to better solutions, for example, by using disruptive new technologies. We also bridge operational and strategic project portfolios between Technical Centers with different levels of experience and focus in R&D activities. Furthermore, communication bridges need to be built between the business, R&D and their departments, as well as, between the regions with their technical centers.
This complex environment illustrates how excellent communication and cooperation skills are a necessity within our team.
So, what does the hashtag have to do with me? Whoever happened to read the people story about me (https://careers.evonik.com/en/human-chemistry/) might have recognized it. I like to transfer experiences from different life situations to others. I do this consciously and actively. For example, in my sport I was always able to determine the success of my training by recording my training sessions in detail. Over the years, I realized that depending on the life situation and time, training had to be reconsidered and adapted in order to achieve the same results as before. This helped me to create the awareness that this is also a key to success in my professional environment. When a new task is taken on, the working methodology must be fundamentally questioned and, if necessary, adapted to the new framework conditions. Yes, you are right, this is a simple and obvious example. A more challenging example is the bridging between my two little sons of almost 2 and almost 4 years old and my two daughters of 12 and 15 years old. Can you imagine what a challenge it can be to plan an excursion together! To be honest, I would be very grateful for some helpful tips from experienced bridge builders 😉!
Hello world. Today is day one of my guest editor week at Evonik, and as promised, I would like to share some insights on my working tasks, my team, and my general working environment. The journey of my career has put me in the position as the department head in Evonik’s Research, Development, & Innovation (RDI) organization. In my department there are three pillars that are driving the future success of our High Performance Polymers business.
1) The group of Technology Leaders driving for sustainable and profitable project pipelines in our market segments.
2) The Technical Centers outside Marl fostering our position globally and incorporating additional diversity in our RDI work.
3) Future Technologies & Application Concepts thinking beyond established paths shaping our long-term future.
Due to the breath of our four technology platforms (High Performance Polymers, Membranes, Additive Manufacturing, and Foams), we have the great opportunity to take an active part on innovations in several exciting markets. E.g. the on-going disruption in the automotive industry is part of our daily work in at least two of our platforms in close cooperation with Tier 1s and OEMs. If you are already following Evonik you have recognized how active we are in the fields of Membranes and Additive Manufacturing as well! As you can imagine, my team is full of quite, technical driven professionals, but that’s not the only key requirement to be part of the team. Thinking beyond the obvious, driving change and innovation, and excellent communication and collaboration are evident skills needed day by day in a global matrix environment. Does it sound like we face challenging tasks? Yes, we do! And that is one reason why it is so exciting to work at Evonik. What makes a job exciting to you?
Are you a digital native? Born early 70’ I´m definitely not, but I´m a witness of the exciting development seen over the last decades. Unfortunately, these developments, such as social media, also come along with negative aspects. Social media is becoming a strong influencer of society with pros and cons. On one hand social media is connecting the world, making information available on time, and freeing up individual creativity. On the other hand social media has addiction potential, fake news, multiple realities, and detachment from real life. Having said that, I´m very pleased to be invited by my employer to contribute valuable content based on serious information. As the very first guest editor of Evonik, I would like to grant interesting insights of life and career options at this exciting chemical company which is leading beyond chemistry.
My name is Andreas, and I have been a chemical engineer at Evonik since 2002; disrupted by a 4-year excursion to a global compounding company granting additional perspectives. This week I´m going to share posts frequently, and I´m looking forward to this journey. This journey is a little outside of my comfort zone, but isn´t that exactly what drives personal development? When did you last move outside of your comfort zone?
With my next post, I´m going to share some insights on my working tasks, my team, and general working environment to start. From there, I will begin to jump into different topics from shaping career experiences to curios situations in working life. I´m looking forward to an exciting week as guest editor.