At ALTANA, my abilities as a partner and a changer of perspective complement one another perfectly. The team idea and cooperation are writ large. Still, I have sufficient opportunity to take my own paths and change my perspective.
ALTANA’s leadership style promotes and demands partnerly interaction between our employees. That also means leaving your comfort zone and being able to adopt other people’s perspectives.
Dr. Winkelmann studied and completed his doctorate in Münster. After working three years in the automotive coatings sector as well as in France, he was contacted by ECKART and within two and a half years became Global Head of Marketing and Technical Service for powder coatings. In the meanwhile he took over a position in graphic arts.
After finishing high school, Ms. Müller first worked as an industrial clerk for ECKART. When her predecessor went on maternity leave, Ms. Müller took over her position in staff training.
Progress can only lead to lasting success if it rests on strong foundations. At ALTANA, this basis is created by our identity, our value system, and our competencies. We derive both strength and motivation from it. Our employees acknowledge this basis, interpret it, and live it in their everyday work. Here you will find our employees’ personal perceptions.
For partnerly cooperation it is important to change your perspective and put yourself in the shoes of other employees. When you put yourself in others’s shoes, you can better understand your own manner of working and thus achieve better results in the team. But partnerly work also helps me to find good solutions, enhance my performance, and become more motivated.
Every opinion and every suggestion are very welcome in our department. It is very important that people communicate openly with each other and openly voice criticism, even if it is negative. The criticism should not be taken personally but should be seen as a growth opportunity and to reflect on yourself.
I personally don’t like hierarchies, neither as a superior nor as an employee. Instead, in partnerly cooperation a basis of trust is needed and everyone needs to know what their responsibilities are. We truly work together on an equal footing. Every opinion and every suggestion is very welcome. This works very well at ALTANA. Partnerly teams always work better than hierarchically led teams.
I like working in open and open-minded teams where there is a common understanding of success.
In In this video, staff members talk about their daily work and explain why they are both partners and changers of perspective.