#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 😉!